We are in for an exciting term in Retech (Research and Technology) this term. After a really successful trial with one class last year, this year we have the whole year 8 cohort participating in iSolve – #geniushourmta. I have discussed the concepts behind Genius Hour in a previous post and have found the majority of students can’t wait to work on their genius projects when you provide them with an effective hook to start them thinking about their passion and how they might use this passion to inspire others. There are two particular ideas we use to generate interest for #geniushourmta. The first inspires students to think about the people who have gone before us and left a footprint on the world, eg. past inventions and people who have created something to inspire others. The video below created by ‘Google’ is a fantastic way to do this:
We then like to follow up with a real life example of a young boy who used his passion to inspire others and (inadvertently) create a worldwide movement.
The example of Caine’s arcade works well to motivate students and inspire discussion around what they are passionate about and how they could use this to make a difference. However, what really ‘hooks’ the students is part 2 of Caine’s story and the completely unintentional impact his story has had on creativity and learning in schools
This video also provides an excellent of the power of collaboration and social media.
I can’t wait to follow the progress of our Year 8 students in #geniushourmta and look forward to sharing this with you as they begin to explore their passions.
I’ll leave you with an initial reflection from one of our student’s after being ‘hooked’ onto #geniushourmta