Session Title: Could Google’s 20% project/self-directed time work in schools and how could we support it?
Date: Thursday 15th November 2012
Summary of the Session:
I first head about Google’s 20% time (See http://www.guardian.co.uk/teacher-network/2012/oct/04/google-20-percent-time-… many years ago and it made me wonder what I would do with 20% of my work time to pursue my own project. Probably, continue to work on my wiki page and design more apps and resources for my class and other educators. I might even blog a little more (which isn’t saying much!) and make it to a few more TeachMeets. But I have a feeling that I would find new things to fill the time very quickly.
@davidhunter: #ukedchat it’s been responsible for Google earth and a bunch of other great tools. What could kids produce?
@reallara: Like the idea of using the general concept to encourage/allow staff to try out ideas & topics not prescribed by school or govt #ukedchat
@MrG_ICT: Ken Robinson’s book “the Element” discusses value of working on a project that you have passion for. Worth a read #ukedchat
@davidhunter: #ukedchat I think it’s old school ‘project’work using modern methods and outcomes to measure.chn decide focus (eg Lego or football)
@SwayGrantham: I gave chn 45mins proj time and 15mins per station time at the end of term last year. Fantastic to see http://t.co/xMQZe0x3 #ukedchat
@SwayGrantham: @e11iewe11s it could be anything, when I did I told chn to create ‘anything’ but they would have to present at end… #ukedchat
@DrHuxTM: When I visited RSA Academy 18mnths ago, 1 aftn/week was off timetable & involved a wide range of activities for students. #ukedchat
@eyebeams: @tickytecky @ICTmagic Bare bones elicitation – needs skillful orchestration #ukedchat
@nightzookeeper: I think that by giving children small targets in this area can really help! e.g: recording progress in a project journal #ukedchat
@eyebeams:Here is another approach that could be school based http://t.co/fcSUwVFl #ukedchat
@tmeeky: scaffold sounds too rigid… dynamically facilitate might be more effective. Offer structure when needed… don’t force #ukedchat
@piersyoung: When done open ended projects with Y6 before, (where they choose own topics), main skill missing is good questioning #ukedchat
@Caroljallen: Creativity can be facilitated within the conventional ‘lesson’ and/or ‘timetable’ but oh how brill when the timetable is removed #ukedchat
@eslweb: #ukedchat I think that creativity is a process and freedom & projects start with a little freedom & give more as they become responsible. Tweet of the Week
@Jivespin: #ukedchat Google 20% sounds great although does that include being on Twitter as part of a CPD project? About Your Host
Martin Burrett (@ICTmagic) is a Year 5/6 teacher at Mersea Island School in Essex and is an advocate for using digital technology to improve teaching and learning in schools. He founded the ICTmagic educational resource website and is a co-administrator for UKedchat.