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20 Time: Creating a Genius Every Hour

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Monday, June 24, 2:30–3:30 pm
Location: 201A

Nicholas Provenzano  
Are you ready to take project-based learning to the next level? 20 Time, aka Genius Hour, is the program you are looking for to let your students explore the things they are most passionate about. Learn how to set up and implement Genius Hour.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Project-, problem- and challenge-based learning
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
For Educators:
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to introduce teachers to the concept of Genius Hour/20 Time and how they can use tech tools to support independent student research and storytelling. Teachers will leave the session with the tools and the understanding to implement Genius Hour in their classroom when they return in the Fall.


What is Genius Hour?

How is it structured?

What are some pitfalls that teachers might encounter and how can the be avoided and/or overcome?

What tools can help students share their story?

How can you get started?

Resources on Genius Hour.

Supporting research

Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces
The Maker Mentality
Invent to Learn

CNN article featuring my students working on Genius Hour -

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Nicholas Provenzano, University Liggett School

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