Director of People Organizations at Google
Google allows its employees to spend 20% of their time working on an individual project. This project is not assigned to them, rather initiated by them. Employees are encouraged to further their passions, explore unknown information, and investigate difficult questions. Gmail is the primary example of what Google’s 20% Time Project has to offer.
Following in the footsteps of Google, Burlington High School’s Help Desk has initiated our own 20% Time Project. Students are encouraged to delve into the aspects of technology that brought them to the Help Desk on Day One. With constant growth in the tech industry as well as infinite possibilities to create, innovate, and investigate, not everything can be discussed in class. 20% Time allows students to learn what they wish to learn, as well as statistically making them more efficient and motivated in the classroom.
My Individual Learning Project (ILE) will be spent learning and familiarizing myself with Apple’s new coding language, Swift. Along with this, I will be navigating the iOS and OS X software building tool, Xcode. Coming from a background of zero coding experience, I expect many difficulties ahead. However, coding is a mystery I have always desired to solve, and the BHS Help Desk has motivated me to do so. I encourage you to follow me along my journey, reading my posts and tuning into my screencasts, as well as dropping by with useful tips or resources. Now I must ask the important question: How will you initiate a 20% Time Project in your school or business?