This time around, I used OneNote Class Notebook and was much happier. Everything was much better organized and I could check work more efficiently and with much less hassle. If you are in a OneDrive school, I highly suggest this tool for your Genius Hour projects. I'd be happy to walk through the specifics with you. I also introduced my sixth graders to Sway (a newer piece of the Office Suite) and you'll see some Sway presentations in action below.
As it is, I wanted to get right to the student projects -- the true highlight reel. Here are the best of the best. Enjoy!
Learn how to cook an over easy egg from this sixth grader.
Here is a Sway presentation about American Sign Language.
Two fifth grade girls teamed up to create this video about the Civil War.
This sixth grade girl created a quiz about dogs on Emaze. I never heard of Emaze before these projects, but I really like what I've seen from this tool!
This fifth grade girl taught her class about sign language on her video.
Here is a 6th grade boy who wanted to hack an iPhone charger.
This fifth grader taught us how to make a birdhouse.
I had never heard of EOS life hacks before this sixth grader suggested it for her project.
Click the link to see a Google slide show about how computers work created by a fifth grade boy.
It was a great year working with these innovators, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching them grow, learn, and create this year. I'm so glad I started Genius Hour projects in my elementary computer classes and look forward to keeping this tradition alive in future years!