Webinar Recordings

Genius Hour in the Library

Webinar presented on 2016-08-02.

Genius Hour is “a movement in education that allows students to spend time in school exploring, researching and studying any topic of their choice.” Learn about one Texas librarian’s “disruptive innovation,” successfully implementing genius hour in her school, from getting administrator and faculty support for the project to establishing an environment that facilitates independent research and learning.  Elizabeth Rush will share what worked exceptionally well and what she needed to adjust for year two and three.  She will share her step-by-step approach and some of the most memorable student topics and projects.

Then see how IWonder's Genius Hour leads students through the inquiry process, introduces them to new online learning tools, and gives them the freedom to learn more about a topic that interests them!   Find out how to implement this exercise in your classroom and get the best results for authentic, personalized student learning.

Use this url to bookmark or link to Genius Hour in the Library: https://www.infohio.org/campus/webinars/recordings/item/bc2016session4.

  • Emily Rozmus
    INFOhio Instructional Team Specialist

    Emily Rozmus

    Emily Rozmus is an INFOhio Instructional Team Specialist.  She has worked in education for 25 years, first as a secondary English teacher, and then as a district librarian. Emily has developed district growth plans, integrated technology, created instruction for information literacy, fostered teacher development, and worked on teams to implement curriculum. At INFOhio, she focuses on helping educators use INFOhio resources to improve early learning. She also works to share research and best practices for helping students be better readers of INFOhio's digital text. 

  • Elizabeth Rush
    Librarian, Nichols Elementary School, San Antonio, TX

    Elizabeth Rush

    Elizabeth Rush recently published an article titled, “Genius Hour: Tips and Tactics” in Teacher Librarian Magazine, December, 2015 issue. She is an 18 year librarian: Currently teaching at Nichols Elementary, at Northside ISD in San Antonio,Texas, formerly at the San Antonio Public Library, and a Parochial K-8 school. She has her Masters of Science in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and  a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. In addition to keeping up with technology, collaborating with school and public librarians,  and thinking up new ways of keeping librarianship fresh, she spends her time researching and pursuing her passions of travel, outdoor activities, and learning new things every year. Finding as much wonder out in the backyard as out in the world, this approach to life enables her to identify with her students, encourage their curiosity, and rally them to love learning!


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