ISTE Genius Hour 2.0

Genius Hour gives students the opportunity to follow their own curiosity in an authentic project-based setting using the multimedia and tools available on computers or smartphones. Like a farmer without a plow or a mechanic without his garage, a student without the ability to research or use basic software is a student who will feel lost in the process of inquiry. With the power of 21st century tools available in a simple Chromebook students have a wealth of software and resources available for them to produce quality content.

Table of Contents

  1. Conference Presentation & Implementation Plan
  2. Professional Development
  3. Classroom Example Units
  4. Student Work
  5. About/Contact Us!


1. ISTE Presentation and Implementation Plan


2. BCSD Professional Development Presentation

The Google Slide below was used to training teachers during the Bakersfield City School District Summer Professional Development breakout session. The Twitter feed is the online PLN that BCSD is establishing. #TeamBCSD

3. Sample Classroom Lessons & Units

The following classroom units were used during Genius Hour. These units were necessary in order to front load information and tools that students could later use during Genius Hour.

3a. Virtual Museum with Google Slides (Level of Difficulty Easy)

3b. Hoax News with Screencastify (Level of Difficulty Medium)

3c. Virtual Museum with 3D Models and SketchUp (Level of Difficulty Medium/Hard)

The following unit was used to introduce virtual reality to students while writing and informative essay.

The following unit was used to teach 6th grade statistics concepts while creating and publishing virtual reality.

The following unit was created after students already learned to publish virtual reality with a culminating virtual museum based on 6th grade standards.

3d. Samples of student work after VR Units

4. Samples of Student Genius Hour Presentations

5. Contact/About Us

Thank you for attending our session! It was a pleasure to share our classroom district stories and experiences on Genius Hour with everyone. We hope you reach out to us through Twitter!