The reason for implementing this now is, in part, a response to the student needs survey you took earlier this week. Students expressed a need for more time on the digital portfolio as well as review time on other assignments. There was also a request for more collaboration, where students can give each other feedback and share problems and solutions. This will be incorporated into the 20% time.
Here's how this will work. On Thursdays, we will begin the day as normal with our Core Concentration blog. We will open up for a brief class discussion where students can suggest topics that they need help on, or have found a cool solution to. Students will be allowed to meet in small groups to discuss the issues that directly relate to them. Alternatively, students will be given time to peer review each others work. Once collaboration time has ended, students will have the opportunity to make corrections and improvement to their work. Once those improvements are made, students may work on their digital portfolios. When all of the previous work is accomplished, students will be allowed time to work on an assignment of their choosing. It can be for any class, but is must be a computer-based assignment.
In brief, our Thursday schedule will look like this:
- Blog - 5 min.
- Collaboration/Feedback - ~5-10 minutes
- Project improvement
- Digital Portfolio
- Passion Projects
While the entire period is not dedicated to passion projects, it is hoped that it will serve as a motivator for speedier work, in order to have more passion project time. It is my hope that you will show maturity and wisdom and apply diligence to your work. As long as I can see that, we will continue with 20% time. Please feel free to comment and provide further feedback.