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Genius Hour

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Tracy McCabe

on 27 January 2016

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Transcript of Genius Hour

Genius Hour
Types of Questions
Step 2: Generate &
Test your question
Does it pass the "Google Test"?
Why is it important to know how to persuade people?
Back to the Drawing Board
Sample Topics of Genius Hour Projects
What might be obvious to you, can be amazing to others. Pursue your Genius!
"What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question." - Jonas Salk

"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers." - Pablo Picasso

"Judge someone by their questions rather than the answer." - Voltaire

"He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever." - Chinese proverb

"If I had an hour to solve a problem, I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions." - Albert Einstein
Step 1: Brainstorm
Explore what you are passionate about,
what makes you tick?
"I would like to learn about..."
"I spend my free time..."
"The world needs a solution to the problem of..."
"My favorite subject in school is..."

What is it?
Google Presentation
5 Slides
90 Second Oral Presentation
No Pictures
0-3 Bullets per slide
No more than 15 words per slide

Do people buy into your ideas?
Can you convince the people around you that the world can be a better place?
Are you able to get the support and resources you need to be successful?
Are you able to communicate to the world what you have to offer?
Persuasion is the ability to influence.
Step 6: Present your Genius
Step 5: Answer your question
Step 4: Making the pitch
Use credible online sources
Interview or
contact experts
Build a prototype
Use your peers in a sounding board meeting...
when you're stuck
need a fresh outlook
help pursuing your answer
Have the COURAGE to know when to circle back and the GRIT to continue when you have to take a step backwards.
It must be something that can be shared
Advice for Future Geniuses?
Step 3: Predicting Pitfalls
Also called a "Feasibility Study", what possible pitfalls can you predict and avoid?
The idea is simple… try to find out what might go wrong before it’s too late.
Present your progress ~ completion isn't necessary
Showcase what you used your time for
Tell us what you learned
Share your process
If you had more time what would do?
How was the time spent on this project valuable to you?
If you were to do Genius Hour again, what would you do differently?
Without persuasion
your ideas won’t get traction.
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