Yesterday I finished updating a Genius Hour Keynote and iMovie "Introduction to Genius Hour" video to be shared with my class this week. For this year's Genius Hour and Passion Projects, I added a virtual "Wonder Wall" component using Padlet so that I could post some example "wonderings" and resources to generate interest, and then students can add to the virtual Wonder Wall as they come up with ideas. This way, parents can also view the virtual Wonder Wall from home.
Also new this year, I am planning to introduce the Genius Hour/Passion Project during Guided Groups rather than whole class. Last year it was fun beginning a project all together as a whole class, but I did things differently--instead of letting them all pick their own project topics, we brainstormed together all about the Rainforest, then they chose from there. Since this time I want to give them free rein to choose whatever topic they want (not just limited to the Rainforest), I am going to introduce it in small groups and really talk to kids more personally about what interests them, what is close to their hearts, etc. This year's class gets very passionate about topics when we discuss in small groups, so I think this will work out well for them.
I will post at a later date how everything went with the introduction.