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Resources for Using Genius Hour to Promote Digital Learning Skills

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/

Wonderopolis http://wonderopolis.org/

Paul Solarz http://http://bit.ly/1iwTp7S

YouTube Videos

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

Caine’s Arcade


Genius Time Journey Continues

Today we continued on with our Genius Time Journey.  I read the students the book “Lego Man in Space a True Story” by Mara Shaughnessy http://littlemonster.ca/legoman/.  Before I read the story I asked the students to predict who they thought could send a Lego Man into space.  The answers were as I expected, “Astronauts”, “NASA”, “Engineers”, “The Government”, “Pilots” and then one student, Muhammad said “I think it was kids”.  The room was quiet and I said to Muhammad, “Hmm I don’t know really?  A kid?  Do you really think kids could do something like that?” Of course that set the kids off and they argued with me that of course kids could do it “remember what Kid President said Ms. Lewis-Young?”  It was the EXACT reaction I hoped they would have.  I smiled and told them that Muhammad was totally right and it was kids. I gave them a little bit of history but not too much to give it away.  If you are unfamiliar with the story basically two highschool boys, Matthew Ho and Muhammad Asad created a space ship and sent a lego man successfully into near space and were able to retrieve it and have video footage.  It’s one of the coolest stories I’ve heard and if it doesn’t embody the point of Genius Hour then really I do not know what does! http://www.legomaninspace.com/

The kids were desperate to know more.  So we emailed Matthew and Asad our list of 22 questions!  Yes we started with a few but it grew and grew and as they asked more questions the more sophisticated they became.  I don’t know if we will get a response from Matthew and Asad but I really hope we do!  

Can’t wait for our next Genius Time adventure 

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Lego Man in Space

Actual video footage from Lego Man in Space’s journey. Designed by the brilliant Matthew Ho and Asad Muhammad. The students thought this was just about the coolest thing ever!