My students are currently struggling with the concept of blogging about their Passion Project and how to create one. So, I thought I would post and use this as a way to exemplify what it is I want from them and how to do it.
Over the past 6 weeks, since school started, I have introduced the idea of the Passion Project and what Genius Hour/20% Time is. I had them watch videos and answer some reflective questions. We tried out the Bad Idea Factory, which didn't go as well as I had hoped. Last week, I introduced them to the blog portion of the project, and that has created a lot of confusion. I think it's because they are outside of their comfort zones academically.
I'm currently working to help the students move past their confusion about the blogs, and the project itself, by creating a screencast video of how to do a blog post for the project.
For the next week, I'm going to focus on helping students constructively leave comments on their classmates blogs. I'm hoping that will be a little less confusing than the blogs themselves, which I've told the students to think of like a journal for the project. I may create another how to video for commenting as well.