Monday, November 3, 2014

2014-2015 - "INNOVATION HOUR"

Welcome to Innovation Hour

You Are Geniuses.......
......and the World Expects Your Contributions......

A genius is one who shoots at something no one else can see - and hits it.  ~Author Unknown

I strongly believe this. I’d bet, however, that some of you don’t believe it.  You have to know who you are BEFORE you can realize you’re a genius, be able to help others, or contribute to our world. Part of finding out who you are is realizing your interests and DISinterests.

****Our Innovation Hour goal is to READ. WRITE. BE INSPIRED. ACT ON IT.

The first day of the week - every week - is what we’ll be calling INNOVATION HOUR.  During this time, you will have time to delve into passions through blogging, writing, reading, researching, developing, creating, sharing…  it’s about what YOU want to learn.

Our goal is to be READING and be inspired from what we read + our lives.  Your passions will be driven based on what inspires you…  what you love… what makes you angry… what you wonder… and you’ll decide where you want to go from there. 

Each person will choose something important to him or her. If it’s not important to you - it’s not worth your precious time.  What's the purpose? If you're going to use your genius, it's easier to use it when you're invested in something.  When you have a passion for something, or are REALLY bothered by something, your genius is likely to show itself, and you will be able to DO something! If you don't keep track of what you are interested in, wonder about, get bothered by, the opportunity to show (and share) your genius might pass you by...

When you SHARE what interests you, bothers you, and what you wonder, you'll most likely find others who think great to be able to put two geniuses together to solve the world's problems!!

Complete the following form based on your passions.  What will you do?
1.  Will you create opportunities for others around the world through Kiva?

Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of micro-finance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Learn more about how it works.

2.  Will you write your own Novel?   

National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It's a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!

That means participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for our Young Writers Program (YWP) allows 17-and-under participants to set reasonable, yet challenging, individual word-count goals.

In 2013, 90,000 young writers participated through the YWP.

3.   Will you explore your individual passions?  (History Chronicles- or your own ideas)

The best historians are those that ask good historical questions, that uncover the central issues and motives that shaped events, ideas, and peoples’ actions. An analytic approach looks at causes and effects rather than just narrative. How and Why become the focus rather than Who, What, Where, and When. What do you want to create, construct, invent, design, learn, read........

Once you have completed this form, begin exploring your Innovation Hour Project using the links above.  

*** If you have chosen the Novel writing- click this LINK for instructions on signing up for the writing project. 

At the conclusion of each Monday- you will reflect on the learning process through your blog.  What did you learn?  Where did your passions take you?  What did you read?  What did you write?  What did you create?  What did you design?  What did you construct?.........the possibilities are endless.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ebola Facts: How Many Patients Are Being Treated Outside of West Africa? (article link)

  WATCH THIS VIDEO- click here

Respond to the following question based on the video, article, and class discussion.  Cite specific evidence from these sources in your response.  Reply to at least one other post citing why you agree or disagree specifically.

QUESTION:  What responsibility does the United States and the world community have to help these West African nations control the Ebola outbreak? Why?