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20% Time / Genius Hour - Tech Tools for Project-Based Learning

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Sunday, June 23, 10:30–11:30 am
Location: Room 125

Sean Crevier  
See how empowering our students with content choice can result in amazing learning. We’ll explore project-based learning through the use of Google’s famous 20% time philosophy and look at tech tools that integrate smoothly into this unique student learning and teacher assessment process.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Personalized learning
Grade level: PK-12
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:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Attendees will be challenged to consider their own learning environment as a potential space for creating student choice in learning. Educators (classroom and administrators) will see how a teacher can go from 0 to 100 with the famous 20% Time concept. Throughout this session, the why, what, and how of 20% time projects will be illustrated. Attendees will hear about the benefits, challenges, and other things to consider throughout the journey into giving students choice in their project based learning. There will be a key focus on how educators can introduce, guide, and assess the learning throughout a 20% Time project. Technology tool options for all three stages will be presented for educators to consider. Finally, attendees will be exposed to a slew of “end results” that have come from the presenters own students over the past 7 years of 20% Time projects.


· * Introduction to the need for more student choice and project based learning in the classroom (the “why”)
o Time = Approx 15-20% of total session time
o This will include, but is not limited to, an interactive digital (device necessary) poll of the room on how many attendees currently have create student choice scenarios in their learning environment
· *Illustration of the 20% Time concept and what it looks like in education (the “what”)
o Time = Approx 15-20% of total session time
o This will include, but is not limited to, teacher and student testimonials / explanations about the process
· *Walk the audience through my 20% Time project journey (the “how”)
o Time = Approx 50% of total session time
o This will include stories of lessons learned from the day I decided to infuse this project as part of my semester to present day (5 years later)
o This will include technology tools that have been successful for me as an educator leading students through these projects as well as for my students in completing their projects
-Some examples of these tools allow for: Rubric creation, work time & project plan tracking, blogging, peer feedback, and self-reflection
· * FAQ’s / Audience Concerns Addressed (“So now what?”)
o Time = Approx 15-20% of total session time
o This will include, but is not limited to, addressing questions / concerns brought up by other teachers throughout this student choice led PBL journey. It will also included live interactive Q&A with participants in the workshop.

Supporting research

MindShift Article (on presenter's 2017 ISTE workshop):

Book: 20Time Project: How Educators Can Launch Google’s Formula For Future-Ready Innovation -


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Sean Crevier, Community High School District 128

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