Below is a list of invaluable resources that myself and Michelle Philpot have used on our Genius Hour journey. Many were used as learning resources in the beginning of our journey and recommended by our amazing Twitter Professional Learning Networks (PLN) and some were used to inspire students and create a buy in.
We would like to take the time to recognize and thank the ongoing learning that we receive from our Twitter PLN’s especially those that participate in #geniushour and #PeelGeniusChat
Genius Hour Websites
Caine’s Arcade http://cainesarcade.com/
Paul Solarz http://http://bit.ly/1iwTp7S
Audri’s Rube Goldberg Monser Trap https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uDDEEHDf1Y
Kid President – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-gQLqv9f4o
Lego Man in Space – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQwLmGR6bPA
Saturday October 5th was Global Cardboard Challenge which celebrates the anniversary of the flash mob documentary Caine’s Arcade communities globally celebrated child play, creation and innovation.
My students love Caine’s Arcade. I used the video as a method for launching Genius Hour and it’s the one thing that really got them hooked. They couldn’t believe that a kid their age could create something so cool and they loved that he is famous. You should have heard their squeals of delight when they noticed @cainesarcade was following us on Twitter 🙂 very exciting! Anyway when I read about the Global Cardboard Challenge I knew this was something we would have to participate in.
True to grade 3B form my students ROCKED this challenge. It’s funny how when you give kids something creative, hands on and open ended there are zero behaviour issues, zero children feeling frustrated and deflated. You get pairings of kids working together that you would never imagine but authentic collaboration, and discussion happens. Even the next day when I had the students reflect on their experience in their journals not a single student groaned. They really had a blast with the previous day so writing about it was a non-issue.
When I reflect back on the day I feel really proud of them. When I first came across this activity I hesitated participating. School life is busy right now and sometimes I worry with all of the “initiatives” I have going on with my class am I going to fit curriculum in? But the answer is yes. These initiatives support curriculum and they open students minds up to it. They become sponges and willing participants in their learning because they are excited keen to find out what “Ms. L-Y” has planned next.
The massive pile of cardboard in the middle of our carpet. You might not believe it but there was not a single piece left at the end!
Shameala created htis house. She added so many fine little details to it.
Hearing the story that went a long with Timothy’s robot was pretty cool. I’ll have to share his journal entry later
Do you think my apple love is having an influence on my students? Adam made an apple Mac Book!
Such amazing focus
Caine is an amazing young boy who created his own working arcade all out of cardboard! I showed the students the video from the website about Caine and his story to get them to see that even children their age can take an idea and create something great. The video really got the kids to see where I’m coming from and see how exciting Genius Time is going to be!