My colleague/friend Michelle and I spent the whole day preparing our Prezi for the North Field Office Digital Leadership Conference. I’m super excited that our proposal to present at this conference was approved and we are going to get to share what we do and love in our classrooms – Genius Hour.
Michelle teaches Kindergarten and really every day is Genius Hour in her room. Her classroom is a full on Inquiry Learning environment and a lot of what I know and have learned about Inquiry learning comes from her and the Kindergarten team that I use to be a part of. Truthfully if you are not sure how to implement Genius Hour or Inquiry Based Learning then I encourage you to befriend a K teacher. Spend some time in their classroom or chat them up on Twitter. Better yet teach Kindergarten for a year you really will get a solid understanding of how it works!
I also use Genius Hour in my classroom and I’ve said this before but it’s been a game changer. I started it because I have a wide range of students in my class and I wanted something that could address all their individual, unique needs at the same time and would allow them to feel good about themselves and be successful. This is totally happening and I’m so excited to share about it at the conference.
We are also going to focus on the technologies that we’ve integrated into our Genius Hour time like Twitter, PicCollage, iMovie, BookCreator, Educreations, Magisto, Aurasma, YouTube Capture, KidBlog, and so on. After the conference I’ll share a link to our Prezi for all to view. If you are a Peel District School Board teacher there is still lots of time to sign up on My Learning Plan for the conference on March 27th in the evening. There will be an AMAZING Keynote speaker George Couros and you do not want to miss him!
Hope to see you there!