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Sources used in Prezi:

Grinberg, Emanuella. (2014). "Genius Hour: What kids can learn from failure." CNN. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/09/living/genius-hour-education-schools/

Juliani, A.J. (2013). Genius Hour Mini-Documentary. Youtube. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnOKU0dOVOo

Kesler, Chris. (2014). The Genius Hour: Where passion comes to life. Retrieved from http://www.geniushour.com/

Kirr, Joy. (2013). 2013 Genius Hour Reflections. Youtube. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTRZ5YgghfM

Maiers, Angela. (2014). Angela Maiers. Retrieved from http://www.angelamaiers.com/

Pink, Daniel. (2014). The Genius Hour: How 60 minutes a week can electrify your job. Retrieved from http://www.danpink.com/2011/07/the-genius-hour-how-60-minutes-a-week-can-electrify-your-job

For Additional Information:

The Global Genius Hour Project. (2014). Retrieved at https://theglobalgeniushourproject.wikispaces.com/

This site is an excellent example of what can be done with Genius Hour on a global scale. It offers some international options for classes to work in conjunction with students across the globe. Secondary teachers may find some of this more useful than primary; however, if you are looking for motivation or inspiration, these will do the trick. There were specifically 2 videos on the home page, Caine's Arcade and Angela Maier's TED Talk, that are highlights.

Kirr, Joy. (2014). Genius Hour - Live Binder. Retrieved at http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=829279
The information on this site is great. It not only links to the blogs similarly to the wikispace site, but also has links to articles, video and websites. It offers a nice background into the practice along with how teachers are making this work in their classrooms. It offers practical advice and it is well organized.

Kirr, Joy, Krebs, Denise & Zvi, Gallit (moderators). (2014). Genius Hour. Retrieved at http://geniushour.wikispaces.com/

This is an incredible source compiled by educators using Genius Hour in their classrooms and put together by Joy Kirr (the teacher in the Prezi piece on Youtube used in the Prezi). It primarily features links to various teachers blogs about how they are utilizing Genius Hour. It also hosts a Twitter chat from time to time which is nice if you have specific questions or issues and what to tweet with someone who is actually doing it.

MacDonald, Hugh. (2014) Today is a Great Day for Learning. Retrieved at http://hughtheteacher.wordpress.com/2013/07/27/23-videos-that-sparked-genius-hour-thinking-collaboration-and-actions/

If you are looking for some great examples of teachers and students using Genius Hour in the classroom or you need to show an administrator what the benefits are, this is a good start. This is also beneficial if you need to help your students come up with some questions to answer through their project or inspiration for choosing a subject. Hugh the Teacher from Surrey, BI has compiled a collection of videos that can help you and your students get started.

Maier, Angela & Sandvold, Amy. (2011). The Passion-Driven Classroom: A Framework for Teaching & Learning. New York: Routledge Publishing.

Angela Maier's and Amy Sandvold's book is a must for anyone who is interested in infusing passion inquiry based learning into the classroom. This source offers guidelines for educators in how to get students motivated and excited about learning and these ideas are central to the Genius Hour movement. One of the best covered topics in the book is the "Clubhouse Classroom": an environment of clubs and workshops where students engage each other to focus on their interest and build on prior knowledge. (One of my favorite parts of this concept is the idea of students identifying themselves as experts in some topic where they can help fellow students.)