3 Replies Latest reply: Jul 17, 2012 9:20 PM by nnaditz RSS

Would you ever try implementing Google's 20% time in your classroom?

cgasell Apprentice
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One thing that makes working at Google extra cool, besides the unlimited food, coffee and "stress releasing" toys such as a ping pong table or a rock wall, is the fact that Googlers get to use 20% of their time to work on a project of their choice. There is a great video that quickly describes how they manage this process.

 

 

One teacher embraced 20% time in their 10th grade English class. Below is a short video that describes the process in the words of the students. Is this something you would consider doing?

 

  • Re: Would you ever try implementing Google's 20% time in your classroom?
    nnaditz New User
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    I've been considering using it in my French 4/AP class. Because use of the target language is such a critical component of standards-based, communicative instruction, I am not currently considering using 20% at lower levels of language study because the students don't have the language proficiency necessary to take on such open-ended projects. Until they are in French 4/AP, most students are functioning at stage 1 (memorized chunks and phrases) and aren't yet able to consistently, accurately, and spontaneously break apart and recombine chunks to create new and original language items.Because I would want to have the same kind of journaling and reporting out (and product creation) that this other teacher implemented, I need to do it in a class where they are able to work more freely with the language.

     

    In addition to what this teacher notes, I would also add the following to their weekly journal (which would be online and in French):

     

    What new questions do you have based on the work/exploration you did this week? How will you go about finding answers for those questions? What are your next steps for next week?

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