Teacher Weekly Updates

This is where we will share weekly updates and resources for lessons. You are all invited to add content to this page.

Week ending February 27


  1. All students to add their name to the topic wikis and team wikis (linked from the topic wiki) eg Mobiles, then Topics Team A1, Team A2 etc
  2. Wikis are to be monitored via teacher rotation. Use RSS to monitor discussion and editing on the wiki.
  3. Refer to the ever-growing Project Help wiki for tutorials. Join this wiki and contribute resources eg videos on how to use RSS!
  4. Wiki editing model: Check the discussion, work, leave a message
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Week ending Friday February 20


  1. All students and teachers to join Ning
  2. All students and teachers to join NetGenEd Project Group
  3. Download reading material from Files section of NetGenEd Google group


Lesson Plans


Introducing the Research: Vicki
1) I handed out Chapter 1
2) Had them search first couple of pages to define "NetGen"
3) The students were paired in groups of 3 and I assigned each group a "negative" (I think this is on page 3 of the 1st chapter)
Each group had to:
A) Explain the negative
B) State how some people could see that was true
C) Give at least 2 arguments for how that logic could be faulty.
D) State whether they agreed or disagreed with the statement and why.

This opened up for great class discussions about trends and the difference between research and stereotyping. (the importance of the former but making sure it doesn't lead to the latter)

Chapter 1 response: Vicki
Each student will post an introduction on the Ning. I'm going to have them state what they most agree with in Chapter 1 and most disagree with as well as to list at least 3 questions they still have that they'd like to learn in their reading.

Introducing the Research: Erin
Here is a link to my classroom blog if you'd like to read some of the fledgling responses.
  1. I posted Don Tapscott's Challenge:
    A crisis is emerging in our schools and universities.
    The Internet is a new medium for human communications, knowledge sharing and learning and a new generation of youth who have "grown up digital" learning best through collaboration and discovery. But our schools and universities teach students using approaches dating back centuries. Foremost is the lecture- the teacher focused, one way, one size fits all model where the student is isolated in the learning process.

    How can we change the learning experience, to create a student focused, multi-way, customized approach where the learners collaborate, are excited about learning, and learn how to think, solve problems and learn lifelong?

    How can we reinvent education for relevance and effectiveness for the 21st century?
  2. Then I had my students brainstorm what relevance might look like for them. Afterward, I had the post their answers to the questions above on our class blog.

Chapter 1 Response: Erin
  1. In the next class I had them read the first eight pages of the first chapter and answer the following prompts on the blog.
    Don Tapscott discusses the two different perceptions of the Net Generation (your generation). Please respond (constructively) to the negative and the positive perceptions that he and others hold of the Net Generation.

    Is there anything truthful in the negative perceptions on pages 3-5?

    What do you think of Tapscott’s hopeful conclusions on pages 5-8?
  2. Finally, this weekend they are finishing the first chapter and will be responding to following prompt on the class blog:
    As you read the rest of the first packet, highlight answers to the following questions.

    How is the Net Generation different than previous generations?

    What are some of the challenges they face?
  3. We will discuss all three blog prompts in more depth early this week. I've had them post introductions on the Ning and register for the Wiki. I will likely have them post a synthesis of their responses for the first chapter on their Ning blogs.



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