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Director, Julie Lindsay (co-founder, Flat Classroom)
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IMPORTANT: This is now an archive of the NetGenEd organised by Flat Classroom in 2009.

NetGeneration Education Awards Show to be Held in ReactionGrid on OpenSim with Don Tapscott and Students

To sign up for this event, read more information, please review our awards information page.

Net Generation Education Project Announcement

Written by Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay

As announced at the Flat Classroom conference this past Monday, the Net Generation Education Project is the replacement for the Horizon Project and will include approximately 10 schools with 300 students. The application process is now open for schools who wish to participate in the project.
Last year, Don Tapscott keynoted the Horizon Project 2008 which focused on having students envision the future of education via web collaboration and video. The reading documents include the Horizon Report 2009 from the New Media Consortium and Educause. Don Tapscott went on to include this project in his new Book, Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your Worldexternal image ir?t=httpwwwbrighc-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0071508635.
So, the next level of "flattening" is to not only have classrooms connect but to have the classrooms connect in new and more far-reaching ways with the authors of their books. Recent examples of connected classrooms and authors include Karl Fisch's Whole New Mind Project as they work with Dan Pink and such as Will Richardson and Anne Davis did with Sue Monk Kidd, author of the Secret Life of Bees.

In the same genre students in this project will interact on a Ning jointly created with Don Tapscott. Don will post weekly questions to the Discussion forum and leave video messages to the students. It will be a read/write project. He will also interact LIVE via a webinar. Don has a vision for improved educational outcomes and is reaching out to interact directly with students through his challenge and this project.
Additionally, the Discovery Educator Network is going to be providing and sharing tips and information on effective video presentations and how-to's and a book club group for educators. Don Tapscott will keynote and the student keynotes are award winning virtual worlds educator Peggy Sheehy and her middle School students from Suffern Middle School using machinima from their Island in Second Life.
We will be studying this year's Horizon Report (released January 2009) but adding to it the intro and Chapter 5 from Don's book, Grown Up Digital: (Rethinking Education) to the reading assignments for students. Students will be divided into groups to analyze some of the key trends in reworking education to create collaborative report written with other students from around the world. Each team will have a project manager and assistant project manager to help facilitate the work on the team. These "managers" will be students with teachers working as facilitators.
Each student will cast their vision for the future of education with a video to be uploaded on our project ning. All videos will be automatically entered into Don Tapscott's Net Generation Education Challenge competition and could win scholarship money for future educational pursuits.
You do not HAVE to be a part of the project with Julie and I to join the Ning and participate in Don's challenge competition - so go ahead and do that. But if you are ready to have your students collaborate globally and follow the best practices as used in the award winning Flat Classroom, Horizon, and Digiteen projects fill out this form before February 9th and apply now!.

Net Generation Education Challenge

Written by Kasi Bruno

A crisis is emerging in our schools and universities.

Traditional, one-way broadcast models of education are out-dated. Schools have not evolved as quickly as other institutions, and students are becoming disengaged as a result. Why are connected students at home suddenly disconnected at school?

How can we reinvent education for relevance and effectiveness for the 21st century?

Inspired by the work of Don Tapscott and Grown Up Digital, the Net Gen Education Challenge offers everyone an outlet through which to express their ideas and opinions about their ideal model of education. The challenge community will connect engaged participants all around the world, bringing educators, students, parents and professionals together in a global dialogue on learning. In partnership with the CBC, Flat Classroom Project, the Discovery Channel's Educator Network and Classroom 2.0, Don Tapscott invites you to share your ideas and help make education engaging, inspiring and relevant.

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 http://www.800CEORead.com
Email Aaron at and let him know you are participating in the DEN / Net Gen Book Club Aaron@800ceoread.com
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

Groups & Websites Part of this Project

Net Gen Ed Wiki

Link: http://netgened.wikispaces.com
Purpose: Collaborative Report Writing.
Who Joins? For expert advisors, judges, students, and teachers.

Google Group

Link: http://groups.google.com/group/net-generation-education-project
Purpose: To coordinate and handle daily and ongoing planning issues and ask questions for teachers joining the project. A private group for just teachers and project organizers.
Who Joins? For project organizers, teachers, businesses affiliated with the project.)

Net Gen Education Challenge Ning

Link: http://netgened.grownupdigital.com
Purpose: To create an educational network for all people who wish to discuss and participate in the Net Generation Education Challenge to Discuss. This is also the Ning that will be used for the Net Generation Education Project, but is NOT exclusively for the project. It is also the platform to submit the video. One can post on youtube and cross post here, but the videos that are shared will be here.
Who Joins? Any classes, educators, professionals participating in the discussions and the Net Generation Education Challenge, Book Group, or Project. Guidelines for behavior are posted and anyone not behaving in a way appropriate for student view will be banned from the network.

Net Gen Education Project Ning Group

Link: http://netgened.grownupdigital.com/group/netgenerationeducationproject
Purpose: To create an easy way for Net Gen Ed teachers to link up in a PUBLIC space and find one another on the Ning. Note that all private communication will be on the Google Group.
Who joins? Teachers who join the project.

Net Gen Ed Project - Expert Advisors Ning Group

Link: http://netgened.grownupdigital.com/group/netgened_advisors
Purpose: Expert advisors take 2-3 times during the project to advise the teams on their wiki editing and reports.
Who joins? Anyone who wants to advise a group. Excellent option for educators who want to understand more in depth how the project works.

Net Gen Ed Project Judges Ning Group

Link: http://netgened.grownupdigital.com/group/netgened_judges
Purpose: Although the Net Gen Ed Challenge has a judging system, the project itself has a judging and awards program using the rubrics for the project.
Who Joins? Any educator who wishes to be part of the judging. This is a great way to begin to understand digital storytelling and assessment rubrics.

Application form for Potential Classrooms

Link: http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=pqJ4dDANW0OwSWZq3GAMCPg
Purpose: To allow participants from around the world to submit and apply for participation in this project.
Who Completes this? Schools who are interested in joining this project. Note, that any school can participate in the challenge, but that this project will be managed by Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis as a Flat Classroom project.

Help Wiki

Link: http://help.flatclassroomproject.com
Purpose: To create a central repository of help files for flat classroom projects.
Who would use this? Students, Teachers, and Experts participating in the Net Gen Education Project.

Reading Information

Horizon Report 2009
Grown Up Digital by Don Tapscott