Written by Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay
Award winning author, Don Tapscott, and award winning global collaborators Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis (co
founders of the Flat
ClassroomTM Project) are excited to announce the 2010
NetGenEd Project, another global collaboration to envision the future of
education and social action by inspiring today's students to study leading
technology trends and create their vision for the future.
This is the second NetGenEd Project collaboration between the two organizations
with the 2009 project announced at the Flat Classroom
conference in Doha Qatar 2009. The 2009 Net Generation Education Project was the replacement
for the Horizon
Project and included 10 schools with more than 300 students. The application process is now open for schools who wish to
participate in the project in March - May of 2010.
In this project, students will study and "mash up" the results of the
Horizon Report from the New
Media Consortium and Educause
and Tapscott's book Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World.
Students will study the current research and create wiki-reports with their
student partners around the world analyzing current trends and projecting
future happenings based upon this collaborative analysis. This project is
managed by the students who assume roles such as project manager, assistant
project manager, and editors of the various wikis.
After compiling their wiki reports based upon current research, and encouraged
by "expert advisors" (subject matter experts in the industry),
students will then create a video in one of two strands. Video strand I
competition will be the NetGenEd Challenge where students are asked to envision
the future of education based upon current global technological trends. Video
Strand II Competition is the Macrowikinomics Challenge where students envision
the future of global social action based upon their research in current global
technological trends. The video challenge
will be also be open to the public for submissions beginning March 1st.
"We are particularly excited about this year's project because we're not
only asking students to envision the future of learning and the classroom but
also how this media can be used to impact and improve society itself. This
generation is the Net Generation and they are uniquely suited to speak for
themselves in casting a vision for their own future," says project
organizer, Vicki Davis.
This project is unique in that Tapscott will interact with students in forum
posts throughout the project as they discuss Tapscott's research into NetGen
and also current research as being compiled for Tapscott's forthcoming book
(being written with Anthony Williams) MacroWikinomics. Additionally, he will
keynote the project via a Youtube video released in March along with a student
keynote to be recorded at the Flat
ClassroomTM Mini-conference at ASB
Unplugged in Mumbai, India in February.
Additionally, the Discovery Educator Network is going to host a series of
webinars demonstrating how to tell a compelling digital story as well as
leading a book club group for educators related to the NetGenEd project. The Flat Classroom
Projects are global collaborative projects organized by Vicki Davis and
Julie Lindsay and sponsored by Elluminate.
If you are ready to have your students collaborate globally and follow the best
practices as used in the award winning Flat ClassroomTM,
Horizon, and Digiteen
projects fill out this form before February 9th and apply now!.