Day 7 – genius hour
If children have interest then education happens.
A teacher that can be replaced by a machine – should be.
Two quotes by Arthur C Clarke quoted by Sugata Mitra talking about his Hole In The Wall project which have inspired the Genius Hour and SOLE projects in @sorrento83
Reminders about what learning needs to be – if its regurgitating data, cutting and pasting from google/Wikipedia should be enough Its the synthesis that matters!
Today’s genius hour was met with great enthusiasm (and a little bit of suspicion by the students who are new to my ‘looped’ class). We opened with a review of @sugatam ‘s TED talk that left many of us dragging our jaws when we first saw it a couple of years ago. We will be ‘actively’ looking at a few TED talks as we enter our genius hour and think about how our Friday SOLE (self organized learning environment) is set up – main question: is it okay (beneficial) to work solo during sole…
The power of intrinsic learning is hard to measure – likewise is that of following passions (as encouraged by Daniel Pink and Sir Ken) – but it is essential when talking about relevance, meaningfulness and engagement.
A few students weren’t sure about it at first – after 20 minutes one thought he was done being an expert on dirt bikes – but started thinking a bit deeper when I asked some probing questions. Quick descriptive feedback…
A good first session that I am looking forward to seeing how they document their progress in their eportfolios!