Saturday, July 6, 2013

I'm Participating in the 20% Time Academy (MOOC)!

photo source: 20% Time Academy
What is 20% Time?

Also referred to a Genius Hour or Passion Hour- Back in 2006, one of Google’s Technical Solutions Engineers wrote about how the company was “enabling engineers to spend one day a week working on projects that aren’t necessarily in our job descriptions. You can use the time to develop something new, or if you see something that’s broken, you can use the time to fix it.”
Many educators, since beginning to use Google Apps and other Google products, have adopted this concept into their classrooms. (Lisa Thumann - Thumann Resources)
What's a MOOC?

A MOOC is a Massively Open Online Course - anyone can participate and it's free

What is the 20% Time Academy MOOC about?

This course offers two outcomes: Teachers will learn about the research behind Google's 20% policy and how it can be applied in K-12 education. Learners will also participate in their own 20% project throughout the course and present as a final product.

Where can I learn more about 20% Time?

Check out this GoogleDoc

How do I attend class?

Live classes will be held via Google Hangout Monday July 8 and Monday July 15 - both at 8:00 pm EST

Are there assignments?

Yes, in fact this blog post is the first assignment - invite people to participate.  The other assignment for the first week is to browse Joy Kirr's Live Binder and learn more about 20% Time.

Where do I sign up?

Sign up at Schoology - use this access code: ZXQ2B-8CWMV