The 20% Project

September 6, 2013 § Leave a comment


What is personalized learning? Try to define personalized learning with your own words and discuss the benefits and challenges of personalized learning.

Let’s look at our readings so far. Is there a connection between personalized learning with the characteristics of meaningful learning? How about the National Educational Technology Plan (NETP)?

PART TWO: The 20% Project

What is a 20% project? And where did this idea come from? Let’s watch this video to find out.
1. During the semester, 20% of your project time will be spent working on something you want to work on related to learning, design, and technology.
2. It has to be some type of learning, and you must document it via a blog.3. You’ll present your accomplishments to the class twice.4. You must produce a product (we’ll discuss more about this later in the semester).5. That’s it. Have fun. Find your passion. Explore it. Enjoy learning what you want.– Adapted from A.J. Juliani’s directive to his 11th grade English class.


How could the 20% project reflect some of the things you’ve learned about meaningful learning so far this semester?

Take a few minutes to look through a blog created by a student during Maymester as she worked on her 20% project (remember, posts are in chronological order so you’ll be reading it backwards). Each week you’ll be asked to spend time exploring the question/topic that’s of interest to you. Some of the topics explored during Maymester were:

  • Bridging the Technology Gap
  • Advantages and disadvantages of online learning
  • How is technology used in special education classrooms?
  • What motivates young children to read?
  • How can technology improve school safety?
  • Standardized test cheating scandals
  • Charter schools

You can see that the common thread through all of the questions is a K12 connection. Think of something current in education/technology that you’ve wondered about or something that has impacted you personally. Here’s a link to a series of videos that will give you some technology-related ideas.

Your 20% project task for today:

Step One:
1. Write down what you think your 20% project idea might be.

2. Write down at least 5 alternative 20% project ideas you might want to pursue.

3. Write down what kind of final product you would plan to deliver.

4. List any individuals who could benefit from your project.

Step Two:
Share your project ideas with a partner.

Step Three:
Provide feedback on your partner’s project idea:

  • Ask him/her questions about the project.
  • Provide suggestions for improvement.
  • Indicate any considerations.

That’s all that we are doing for today – 20% project!

For Monday:
We will create a blog for your 20% project. Come with a topic for your 20% project. Explore the examples above to to help you identify your topic.

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