Student Project

  • 2/1- 2/9 - Application process for classrooms
  • 2/2 - 2/7 - Selection Process (classes will be notified as soon as they are selected)
  • 2/12 - Final announcements of Classrooms
  • 2/11 - Greeting from Don posted to the Ning via video - this may be his "author keynote" or he may choose to have a challenge each week and have it be small pieces.
    • Weekly- discussions posted to the forum (can we pick a day and a time for this to happen?) Will Don have a blog on the site as well?
  • 2/11-2/18 - "Handshake process" - Students join Ning - post introductions
    • 2/18 - Teams announced
  • 2/18 - 3/2 - Research phase of project
    • 3/2 - Wikis complete
  • 3/1 - Suffern Middle School Student Keynote
  • Some time in March, there will be a live session with Don Tapscott
  • 3/3 - 3/31 - Movie Artifact phase of project (note that there will be some overlap between Research and Movie Artifact)
  • *Storyboarding 3/3 - 3/8
  • *Outsourced video requests posted to the Ning by 3/10 (we would like students to be able to do this with a blog post on the Ning and tag it outsourced - we can then add a menu item for everything tagged outsource_request and students can sign up with a reply and post a link in the comments, this is a change from the last project but will work better)
  • 3/31 - Final Deadline for All Movies to be posted
  • 4/1 - 4/8 - Post project reflections, student summits

Discovery Educator Network/Net Generation Book Club

by Steve Dembo

In conjunction with the Net Generation Education (NGE) project, the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) will be hosting a weekly book club for Tapscott's work, Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World. While the NGE project will be focusing just on the Intro and Chapter 5, we will gather together weekly to discuss the ideas within the book and their implications for education. Best of all, the author himself, Don Tapscott, will sit in on the final week to share his thoughts in a candid conversation with everyone who participates in the book club.

There will be both live and web based discussion options for participants. The live component will take place Monday evenings, 2/9 through 3/23 at 7pm EST. We will be looking for people to lead the weekly discussions as well. If you would be interested in volunteering to lead the discussion for one of the weekly meetings, please mark it on the registration form.

If you are a DEN member and would like to be a part of the book club, please register here. If you are not currently a DEN member and would like to learn more, please contact me !

Don's publisher has been gracious enough to offer the book for only $18.45, a generous discount, to everybody who participates in the Book Club.

There are three ways to order:
Order directly from website
Email Aaron at and let him know you are participating in the DEN / Net Gen Book Club
Call Aaron at 1.414.274.6406, ext. 204 and do the same.

Part One: Meet the Net Gen Chapter 1 & Chapter 2 – 2/9 Chapter 3 & Chapter 4 – 2/16 Part Two: Transforming Institutions Chapter 5 – 2/23 (chapter on Education) Chapter 6 & Chapter 7 – 3/2 Chapter 8– 3/9 Part Three: Transforming Society Chapter 9 & Chapter 10 – 3/16 Chapter 11 – 3/23

Click here to register for the book club

Net Generation Education Webinars

by Steve Dembo
To support teachers and students who are participating in the Net Generation Education Project, the Discovery Educator Network will be hosting four webinars with two of the country's foremost experts on digital storytelling; Hall Davidson and Joe Brennan. These webinars will be intended for teachers to attend WITH their students so that they may learn ways to create digital stories from the very best. To learn more about Hall Davidson and Joe Brennan, visit the Discovery Education Speakers Bureau.

Webinar 1 with Joe Brennan: Wed, March 4, 1pm EST
Webinar 2 with Hall Davidson: Wed, March 11, 1pm EST
Webinar 3 with Hall Davidson: Wed, March 18, 1pm EST
Webinar 4 with Joe Brennen: Wed, March 25, 1pm EST