Recently I applied and was accepted into the newest Flat Classroom Project titled the Net Generation Education 2010 Project and I couldn't be more pleased. The team of 8th graders participating in this project are excited and ready to move forward. They'll have the opportunity to work with students and teachers around the world, as well as Don Tapscott, the author of Growing Up Digital: The Rise of the Net Generation and Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World.
In this project, students will study and "mash up" the results of the 2010 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 also be open to the public for submissions.
I'm really proud of the participating students as their participation shows their commitment to education, social action, and the willingness to work hard and collaborate with others from all over the world.
This is our second Flat Classroom Project and I must rave about the organizers, Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis, founders of the Flat ClassroomTM Project. Their work and support to bring down classroom walls is phenomenal.