20 Time: Creating a Genius Every Hour

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Nicholas Provenzano  
Are you ready to take project-based learning to the next level? 20 time, aka genius hour, lets your students explore their passions. Learn how to set up and implement genius hour.

Audience: Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Personalized learning
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.
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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

Nicholas Provenzano is the technology coordinator and makerspace director at University Liggett School in Michigan. He’s also an author, makerspace builder, international keynote speaker and consultant. He writes for his website,, and many other prominent education websites. Provenzano has been featured on CNN, in Education Week and by a number of other media outlets. He’s been recognized as the Technology Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) and earned the Outstanding Teacher Award from ISTE. Provenzano is a Google Certified Innovator, ASCD Emerging Leader, Microsoft Minecraft Mentor, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, Sphero Hero, Adobe Education Leader and a TEDEd Innovative Educator. His bestselling books are Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces, The Maker Mentality and Beyond the Poster Board.

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