This blog post was co-written with my genius pal, Matthew Winner, and also appears on his blog: The Busy Librarian here.
Ready to form Voltron!
Infra-cells up; mega-thrusters are go!
Let's go, Voltron Force!
Last January, Matthew Winner and I invited you to see the genius in your students. We challenged you to ask children, If you could change one thing about your school, what would you do?
We created GeniusCon, a virtual conference connecting geniuses of every age in every class worldwide. We challenged teachers and students to get to work on their big ideas, collecting data, trying new things, applying outside-of-the-box solutions, and observing for change.
We spoke about GeniusCon on blogs and on podcasts, through online articles and through webinars. We established an Edmodo group for supporting one another and for sharing our projects and built a website to establish web presence for the great work done in and throughout the community.
Now we stand at the culmination of our projects (and of the school year) and look on with anticipation for all that will happen next. It’s time to share our works with the world. It’s time to show the world our genius.
We’d like to help coordinate virtual conferences between you, your students and other participating classes throughout the country. In order to do so, the first step you need to take is to make sure you’re on the GeniusCon Edmodo group.
Join the Edmodo group by logging into www.edmodo.com, clicking on “+” symbol next to GROUPS, selecting JOIN, and typing in the code ru9b7d. This will make you a member of our Edmodo GeniusCon group, which is a private community. The advantage of keeping this community private is that we can also keep the work and identities of our participating students private. However, we have the option of also sharing posts publically, allowing the whole world to see what your students have created. These public posts are viewable through our GeniusCon homepage under the PROJECTS tab.
Think of the Edmodo group as our Arus -- our home planet for sharing the genius of your students and for making connections with other participants.
Maybe you’ve blogged already about your GeniusCon journey with your students? Share a link.
Posted pictures of your genius students? Share a link.
Ready to connect your students with another class of geniuses? Post it on Edmodo!
But what if you never had time to explore GeniusCon with your students? What if you really wanted to, but couldn’t find the time to work it into your hectic schedule? Never fear! We’d love to have teachers/students who want to be active listeners for the classes and students who came up with ideas for change! If you’re interested in being an active audience for a group, please post this request on the Edmodo page as well.
You may choose to connect with one or a dozen classes. You may prefer to connect over Skype, Google Hangout, Facetime, within a Google document, or using Today’s Meet. Regardless of what you choose, the emphasis will be on the hard work of the students and the ability to reach others through their genius ideas.
We’re suggesting you let three main questions guide your virtual discussions:
Question 1: What problem did you see at your school?
Question 2: How did you try to change it?
Question 3: How do you feel about your solution?
We’ve created a slideshow that can be used when connecting classes, if you so choose. The slides can be viewed in the SlideShare below or downloaded through our Edmodo page..
Your students need not have done a project to participate in our virtual conferences. Rather, the discussions are meant to foster an open attitude toward change and building confidence. We believe that the ideas of our students are genius and that with these ideas students can change the world.
Join us! The following weeks will be filled with inspiration, connections, and ideas of change. GeniusCon will happen because of people like you who believed in children like these. Awesome educators who agree that students may indeed hold the solutions to our biggest problems and believe that 2014 is the year of the genius.
Let’s show the world our genius!