#ISTE15: Passion-Based Learning

Document link: bit.ly/ISTE15pbl (This link is case-sensitive)

WiFi Network:


  1. Who is Victoria? (Link) Who is Karl? (Link)

  1. Plan for the session
  1. Make & Take style session
  2. Experience what the students would experience

  1. Our workspace for the session (this doc will be available forever)
  1. This document (the one you’re reading!)
  2. Slides (with videos) → bit.ly/ISTE15pblslides
  3. Questions/ideas document - Can also be found at: bit.ly/ISTE15pblquestions

  1. What are Passion-Based Learning projects?
  1. Google X’s moonshot thinking video
  2. Follow along → bit.ly/ISTE15pblslides
  3. Brief project structure (choose those you want for your project)
  1. Spend one day per week (secondary - 20time)/one hour per week (primary - genius hour) working on it
  2. Based on your interests/passions
  3. Final products won’t be graded, small steps along the way will be graded
  4. Must make a positive impact on a community
  5. Have to share product and process
  6. Based on research (sometimes within your subject area)

  1. Lesson 1 - The Bad Idea Factory
  1. Passions freewrite
  1. Document we are using, second copy of the same document
  2. Clean copy of the doc (feel free to make a copy!)
  1. Introduce parameters of project to students (see 4c)
  2. Bad Idea Factory (BIF)
  1. Usually done on a white board; we will use chart paper & a gallery walk
  2. Kevin Brookhouser’s BIF blog post, Karl’s BIF blog post

  1. Lesson 2 - Focus Areas & Building Questioning Skills
  1. Develop your Focus Areas (Access the template here)
  2. Team talk - test your focus area questions! Try to answer questions about your topic through a pair share challenge
  1. If you can answer the question in less than 3 minutes, it’s not an open enough question. Good questions should lead to more questions and conversation/discourse.
  1. Team commentary and questioning
  1. Post-it note activity - circulate and add questions to other topics.
  1. Choose final topic, including the central question to research

  1. Break (15 min) - Browse the room, network, bio break, and/or add to our questions document

  1. Lesson 3 - Backward design - plan with the end in mind
  1. Develop your own project proposal (graded)
  1. 20Time Template (middle/high school)
  2. Genius Hour Template (intermediate/middle school)
  1. Build/revise your own project proposal templates

  1. Failure? Just be this kid.
  1. Audri’s Rube Goldberg machine

  1.  Assessment
  1. Process, not product! Don’t put a cap on creativity.
  1. Proposal, weekly/monthly reflections and/or conferencing, final reflections, final presentation (not assessment of the product, but of the presentation delivery/components included)
  1. Browse, create, or modify reflection resources for your classroom
  1. Karl’s Reflections Template & Blog post
  2. Lindsay Cole’s Blog Post

  1.  NOW: go and DO! What to work on creating:
  1. Letter to your parents and/or administrator explaining 20time or genius hour (20Time example here; GH blog post here)
  2. A project proposal for your students (GH/20Time examples we started above)
  3. General brainstorming documents for your students (example here)

  1.  Some general websites with tons of resources on it
  1. General doc with lots of resources for 20time, genius hour, and Innovation Day
  2. Tons of 20time resources, more available here
  3. Tons of genius hour resources