Featured Wiki: geniushour

Shared under a CC By 2.0 license. mrsdkrebs at http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrsdkrebs/9071497283/Denise Krebs and Gallit Zvi started the geniushour wiki in March of 2012.

1. Briefly describe your group, your wiki, and what you use it to do:
We are a collaborative group of teachers dedicated to Genius Hour. Genius Hour is a movement in education that allows students to plan their own inquiry projects based on their own passions and wonders. Genius, as Seth Godin describes it, is “the act of solving a problem in a way no one has solved it before. It has nothing to do with winning a Nobel prize in physics or certain levels of schooling. It’s about using human insight and initiative to find original solutions that matter.” When students choose their own problems to solve in genius hour, school becomes a wonderful place of learning and growing, a place to be creative and productive and do work that matters. We all know students do not become deeply, personally invested in worksheets, but they do in genius hour.

We use our wiki, geniushour.wikispaces.com to share resources, documents and blog links. Another important aspect of our wiki is the chat archive page. On the first Thursday of each month, educators from around the world get on twitter and, using the hashtag #GeniusHour, we have a discussion about how we are implementing Genius Hour in our classrooms, and other related topics.

For more information about Genius Hour, read the “Genius Hour Manifesto”!

2. Besides the Edit button, which wiki feature is your favorite?
The “recent changes” is a wonderful option! Because there is a group of us editing the site regularly, it is nice to see what changes have been recently made (rather than having to scroll through each page and try to discover them)!

3. What is one way you’re using wikis and other web 2.0 tools in your projects?
Part of genius hour is having students share their learning with their classroom peers, as well as a global audience. Students use wikis, blogs, Voki, Prezi, Glogster, Powtoon, Voicethread, iMovie, video editing software and YouTube, and many other tools to publish their work.

4. Tell us about a particular moment that made you say, “Aha! THIS is why I use wikis!”
We chose to use Wikispaces from the beginning because we wanted this to be a collaborative, interactive site. As a result, there are so many teachers and classrooms doing genius hour around the world now! We want the community to add to and edit this resource. Wikispaces makes it easy for many people to be involved in the wiki.

5. If you could ask it, what do you think your wiki would say about you?
We think our wiki would say that we are educators who are passionate about student choice and 21st century learning! And that we are inclusive; let us know if you would like to contribute!

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  1. Deborah
    Posted November 27, 2013 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    Any ideas on how to use this to get English Language Learners excited about advancing their English language?

  2. wendy
    Posted December 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Hi Deborah! Absolutely– check out our latest post with Tim King who helps engage 9th graders by using shared notes! Kids often are more motivated when others read their writing, so you can use the Project feature and the Assessment feature so they can see how they’re doing!

  3. linda
    Posted December 24, 2013 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    It is useful for us to use the wiki.I can learn more things from it!

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