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

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 similarly...how great to be able to put two geniuses together to solve the world's problems!!

Complete the following form (on blog post) 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........


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


INNOVATION HOUR
REFLECTIVE ESSAY & PODCAST-

At the conclusion of our Innovation Hour project, each student will write a reflective essay based on the entire project.  The essay provides the opportunity for each student to reflect not only on the project itself, but the process as well.  The final essay should be written/pasted to their Innovation Hour page.

Steps:
1.  The following thirteen reflective starters must be incorporated into the essay followed by an explanation based on evidence from the process or project.

*  I noticed.......
*  I liked..........
*  I wonder...... when, if, why,
*  What if.......
*  How might....
*  I learned......
*  Is it possible to.....
*  What would it take to....
*  What could happen if......
*  Does it matter if......
*  How is..... like.....
*  Is it right to.......
*  Is....the reason for ......

2.  The order in which the thirteen reflective starters are used in the essay, is up to the student.  

3.  The essay should incorporate the following points in addition to the reflective starters above:

a.  Name of project

b.  Initial purpose of project -
1.  What did you initially hope to accomplish?  
2.  What was your vision?

c.  Final result-
1.  How did it change?  
2.  What does the final project look like?  
3.  What did you accomplish?  
4.  How will your project impact other people?


PODCAST-  Students will produce a 2-4 minute podcast, which explains, reflects, and analyzes their Innovation Hour project based on the criteria used in the reflective essay.  


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