Genius Hour is inspired by Google’s 20% time, in which a fifth of a Google employee’s week is dedicated to self directed and innovative personal projects. Adopted in the classroom this concept is an hour in which children research, document and present their ideas about a chosen ‘passion project’. This is a great way for pupils to become familiar with content creation apps for sharing their learning, whilst applying literacy skills in a new context. Find out more here.
One way of facilitating Genius Hour is to visit DIY.org a website which encourages children to complete challenges using skills from scientific inquiry to code. Pupils can learn from others’ approaches and earn recognition for their efforts in the form of online virtual badges. For more ideas about how to incorporate DIY.org and Genius Hour in the classroom click here.