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Leveraging Innovation: The Classroom Startup

Location: W190a

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Tuesday, June 26, 10:15–11:15 am
Location: W190a

Amanda Lanicek   Andi McNair   Don Wettrick  
Our classrooms should be preparing our students for their future, so why aren't they? We'll show you how to leverage innovation time or Genius Hour. Let's make our classroom mirror the modern day startup company with students innovating, communicating and globally collaborating to get the job done!

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Instructional design and delivery
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.
Innovative Designer
  • Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.
For Administrators:
Visionary Leadership
  • Advocate on local, state and national levels for policies, programs and funding to support implementation of a technology-infused vision and strategic plan.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This professional learning is about sharing what innovative teachers have learned through trial and error- by highlighting the successes and the challenges encountered from introducing innovation time for their students. The “Genius Hour” and “Innovation Class” models they implemented will be discussed, as well as contrasting their styles. A discussion (as detailed in the outline) on why this movement needs to move past one "Genius Hour," and integrated throughout the school day. Most importantly, examples of real student projects will be shared. Projects that empowered entire schools to file international patents will be demonstrated. The level of student success will be discussed, as well as strategies on how to create this environment in every school.


Intro of panelists, what we teach.
Making connections and growing your PLN
What is your definition of “Innovation” in the classroom?
What has “Genius Hour” and Innovation meant for our students and yours?
Examples of student projects
Why is there a need for an entire Innovation class at the middle and high school levels?
What is the biggest obstacle in providing “innovation” time to our students?
Why is it imperative that we push ahead with this innovation movement in education?

Supporting research

Pure Genius by Don Wettrick
Genius Hour by Andi McNair

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Amanda Lanicek, Weatherford ISD
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Andi McNair, ESC Region 12

Andi is a Digital Innovation Specialist at Region 12. She believes that the students that we are educating today are unique and we must be creative in designing learning experiences for them. Andi was named one of the Top People in Education to Watch in 2016 by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. Her book Genius Hour: Passion Projects that Ignite Innovation and Student Inquiry was published last year and she is in the process of writing her second book on messy learning.

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Don Wettrick, StartEdUp, llc

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