Perhaps you’ve heard of Genius Hour, a movement–with roots in Google’s 20% time–that gives kids time in school to unleash their creativity, explore their passions, and drive their own learning. Check out The Genius Hour Manifesto for a crash course and then join us for a discussion with #GeniusHour teachers Joy Kirr, Paul Solarz, Gallit Zvi (#geniushour chat co-moderator), Robyn Thiessen, Hugh McDonald, and Louise Morgan about the joys, hazards and epiphanies that come with putting kids and their passions in the driver’s seat. The Google Hangout will be broadcast live on Thursday, July 24, 3 pm PST / 6 pm EST. Join us (and share your questions via the Q&A section).

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Joy Kirr

Grade 7 | Arlington Hts, IL

Optimism overcomes obstacles (Julie K.). Gr7 ELA NBCT, always trying to catch up to the students, while enjoying my home life to the fullest. Love #geniushour!

Gallit Zvi

Grades 6 & 7 | Surrey, BC

Faculty Associate at Simon Fraser University for PDP. Teacher & Learner. Co-moderator of #geniushour chat.

Paul Solarz

Grade 5 | Arlington Hts., IL

2014 Educator of the Year @ICE_IL). 5th grade National Board Certified Teacher focusing on 21st Century Skills while integrating MacBooks & iPads.

Robyn Thiessen

Grade 4 & 5 | Surrey, BC

iteach ilearn imakemistakes iloveit DEN STAR, Classroom Champions Teacher, Global Genius Hour Project Facilitator, Global Classroom Lead Teacher

Hugh McDonald

Grade 6 & 7 | Surrey, BC

Gr. 6/7 Teacher/Learner @mcdclassroom, risk taker, believe in project based learning, youth sport, #geniushour, & sharing learning stories.

Louise Morgan

Grade 2 | Fort Worth, TX

2nd grade teacher using tech to differentiate instruction, challenge my students & connect globally. #ISTE14 presenter, #2ndchat moderator, #globalclassroom lead teacher.

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