Susan Riley | January 2016

Episode 40: How to Create a Class Genius Bar

Creating A Class Genius Bar

We’ve all seen those Genius Bars in the Apple Store where they help you with anything you need to know about your apple device.  Well, what if a place like that existed in your classroom?

In today’s episode, I’m diving into an extraordinary learning tool called the Classroom Genius Bar.  You’ll hear how to set it up in your classroom and why it’s a significant step toward student empowerment.  By using this strategy just a few times per week, you’re helping student learn from each other and share their own unique talents and gifts with their peers.

This isn’t just a Genius Hour…this is a true culture shift in your classroom.


Today’s free resource is my Class Genius Bar Setup Cheat Sheet.  Everything you need to remember when carving out your own class genius bar!

How to Create a Class Genius Bar


What tools do YOU use to stay organized?  Let us know in the comments below! 


About the Author

Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, STEAM, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter. Email Susan