20% Project

  • Watch this video, if you are not familiar with Dropbox.com.
  • Adding your Dropbox assignment folder link to about.me page
  • Using Google document or Google drive: what is Google docs? Watch this video or this.


We’ll spend a few minutes talking about the articles you found for your social media identity plan and some of the goals you’ve set for this semester.


The 20% Project

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.  Designated 20% Project Dates:

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 (and will not be graded on it).

4. 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

5. Brainstorming your idea- concept mapping


Create a WordPress blog to document and share your 20% project work.

  • Create a blog at http://www.wordpress.com Take a few minutes to think of an appropriate name for your blog – something related to your 20% project.
  • If you need help creating your blog, log in to:http://eits.uga.edu/learning_and_training/lynda with your UGA MyID. Search for “Wordpress Essential Training” and choose relevant videos to show you what you need to know.
  • Create a blog post summarizing what you’ve accomplished so far on your 20% project. You can include links to resources you’ve found, photographs, etc. Each blog post for your 20% project should be 3 to 5 paragraphs.  It can be written completely stream of conciousness if you need it to be.
  • Add a link to your blog on your about.me page (WordPress can be added as an app or as a link – it’s up to you).


  1. You’ve brainstormed ideas for your 20% project. Now, take some time to look at our to see what other students are thinking about exploring. Then, 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 month or 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.
    Once you have an idea for your topic, fill out this short form so I’ll know what you’re working on. Now, spend some time exploring your topic. Do a Google search and see where it takes you. Ask around if your topic is controversial or it’s simply something everyone has an opinion on. Make sure to contact me if you are unsure of where to start or you are struggling with an idea.
    Each week or month, one of your tasks will be to spend time working on your 20% project. You’ll record your time and progress on your blog.

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