My topic for the NetGenEd Project was Tablet Computing. Of the eight NetGen norms, I received collaboration. Learning about my topic was interesting because I realized how many ways there are to use a tablet to work together on a project. It is simple and easy, too. For example, a tablet owner will have access to an App Store, where they can search for and purchase Applications, or Apps. There are many social networking Apps available, the most popular being FacebookTwitterSkype, etc. You can video chat with a partner, or chat them through a fast online connection. A person can send pictures to another tablet owner through another App called Bump. There are many other Apps to explore for tablets, and new ones are being invented every day. It is no wonder that with all of these options, schools are seriously debating about introducing them into the classroom.

          This was the topic my team had to research. By team, I mean a group of five people that would collaboratively create a small portion of a much larger wiki with me. However, there were some issues. Aside from the people who never showed up, I feel that the others never contributed much. I understand that people are busy, but this project was designed for students to work together. I do not think that the goal was achieved. I barely got in contact with my team, and received no replies to any discussion posts or comments or work. Others in my school feel the same way. I never truly resolved the problem, I just continued working on the wiki on my own. Our group made use of hyperlinks, but did not really need to cite many sources.  Overall, I suppose I am okay about our wiki. 

          In addition to coming together with a team and making a wiki, I also had to make an outsource video for someone. It was easy to understand what was asked of me. I created an outsource video showing two people working together on a project and sending information to each other via tablets.  My video made it into her final video, after all, it did show everything that was asked. 

          I requested an outsource video, too. I wanted a video of a really messy table full of books, paper, etc. Then the focus should cut to a tablet. I received my video really soon. I did not use all of the video that MatthewH_whbs made, because the tablet portion at the end was not what I wanted, because it was a completely different clip, when I had just wanted the camera to move over to a tablet. Also, the background noise was a nuisance, and I ended up deleting all of the sound. But I am glad I got a video, unlike some people who did not. 

          On top of all of these other things, I had to make my own video. My initial idea was to have the video centered around how tablets are good for the environment, and planned to have many reasons. Instead, with the time winding down, I decided to really emphasize one reason, that they save paper. The quality of my video is acceptable, although it could have come out a little clearer, but the audio is fine. To improve it, I could have spent more time on making my Xtranormal video, adding more special effects and such. Putting it all together, I am pleased with my movie. There are two students whom I think should be recognized for their movies, Joshuaa_aahs, because his video was smooth, professional, and short and concise. I know him from school, and he clearly knew what he was doing. Out of the ones from my class that I saw, Joshua's was by far the best, and the one that was unique from the others. Also, I thought that Morgan_ISA did a really good job on her video. The transitions were very smooth, and the whole video flowed from the beginning to the end. The sound and effects added to it as well. Great job Morgan and Joshua!

          To sum it all up, working on the NetGenEd project taught me a lot; about teamwork, technology, and just how far our generation, the Net generation, has come.

Students were asked recently to reflect on their experiences in NetGenEd 2012.  Here is one student's reponse:

1) Overview of your technology - My technology is smart objects such as RFID tags. They can be used in many different scenarios around the world. Schools are starting to use them to take attendance and keep track of loaned books and other devices. Wildlife biologists have been using them in the wild to aid in the study of endangered species around the globe. The great thing about RFID tags is that they are extremely small and can be put in just about any place in the body without disrupting the bodies' natural processes.

2) Overview of your NetGen Norm - Integrity is the concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations, and outcomes. It is a big part of technology today.

3A) - The video I created was of someone reading the definition of learning analytics. Their request was very easy to understand which made it very easy to film and make.

3B) - I requested a video of someone destroying something electronic. I received it a couple days later and I immediately put it into my film where it helped tremendously .

4) Final Video - My initial pitch was to demonstrate the use of RFID tags in schools and my final video was close to the initial concept. It definately wasn't the best it could have been because I didn't have a great amount of film time and so it made the video itself shorter and less demonstrative. But, the audio and quality was pretty good in my opinion, I learned how to fade music in and out which helped a lot when transitioning from slide to slide.

NetGenEd2012 students are producing outsourced video clips right now for fellow participants who may be located around the world.  This student run project requires inclusion of an outsourced clip in the final videos which students will soon begin producing.  This clip is from  TristanS-WHSB and shy

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[ This is crossposted from a blog written by one of the student managers of the NetGen2012 project, a student-led project by the Flat Classroom®. ] 
I attended a great PM and APM meeting last night so I would like to share some of the things we discussed. It would be very beneficial to start a discussion on the wiki for each week so that we can keep in contact with our team mates about the edits we made for the week. This way people can comment and give you advice on how to improve your edits or even praise you for your effort! Also, we are getting to the video stage and the people who put more effort in and participate the most will be rewarded! So stay motivated and keep up the great work.


Global collaboration starts with connecting yourself to the world. Students are the greatest textbook ever written for each other. The same is true for teachers. We are passionate about connecting and facilitating effective collaborations between classrooms because we’ve seen the power of how it can engage students and teach them the skills they need to be successful in the 21st century.

We want to bring in people who are nervous, who don’t know how, or who have tried to connect and were frustrated. We also want to bring back those teachers who tried it and got burned out. Now it is time to enlarge the circle of global collaborative excellence in a massive way.

It is our vision that if we can have enough educators linking together and learning about this at the same time, that a natural byproduct will be the creation of many new, exciting global collaborations. It is time to get past the cute stories of global collaboration into the nuts and bolts of the pedagogy that makes it happen. (Although there are a lot of powerful stories to tell.)

To help facilitate this conversation, we felt like that it would be best if we, the authors (Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis), step aside, and invite our friends Ben Curran and Neil Wetherbee of  @engaginged to facilitate the conversation. They’ve done book clubs before and this is another pedagogy that we want to work out: that of having a book club that is truly global. We’d like to do this to promote conversations that transcend borders. The easiest way to get this out of the box is to get out of the classroom and connect with other educators.

Every week for 10 weeks we will meet at an alternating time - 12 hours apart. (For the East Coast USA it is Sundays at 6 pm Eastern or Monday mornings at 8 am eastern - Visit our Book club calendar to convert these times to your Time Zone. Subscribe to this calendar via Google calendar to keep up with events.) This is Sunday evenings at 22:00GMT alternating with Monday mornings at 10:00GMT in our Blackboard Collaborateroom .It is free and everyone is welcome. 

We’re also inviting the educators featured in each chapter to be with us for the conversations about “their” chapter. You’ll meet people from all over the world just like you who are doing wonderful, amazing things. This is a global story that transcends just one project, although we’re mighty proud of ours.

While you are welcome to just “drop in” you can register with the Book club mailing list  and we’ll remind you each week about the session, let you know who is coming, and we’ll mention any special events that we’ll be having as part of the launch. If you run your own book club, you’re welcome to come by the club anytime for ideas and discussion points.

The hashtag for our conversations is #flatclass and the book club is, of course, free. Anyone can join us. There’s no homework - just conversation and learning. We’ll all be there to discuss the future of education with each other. We hope global collaborators from around the world will join us and share their stories too. Conversations will hinge around our new book, Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds. The book will be available in ebook format, although we’re not sure yet which ebook formats.

So, to get ready:
  1. Order the book                                                                                                                                                                                           Amazon          Barnes and Noble           Pearson Publishing                ebook format
  2. Sign up for the book club - run by Ben Curran & Neil Wetherbee from @engaginged 
  3. Mark your calendar with the dates and times
Thank you to everyone who has made this possible Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
Julie Lindsay@julielindsay 
Flat Classroom Projects
Ben Curran & Neil Wetherbee @engaginged
4th and 5th Grade teachers 
Co-founders of Engaging Educators LLC 

How will this global book club work? Will it really transform my teaching?

Have you ever read a book about teaching and thoroughly enjoyed it, only to get done and ask yourself "Now what?" Or maybe you've read something that was motivating, inspirational and chock-full of ideas, only to find after sharing it with colleagues that they "just aren't that into it?" If so, this book club is for you. We hope it will be a gathering of inspired, motivated, similarly driven friends from around the globe. 

Here's how it will work...each week we will focus on approximately one chapter.  Each meeting will be divided roughly into three parts. The first part will focus on implementation--how all of us have or can implement the main theme of the week. We'll also dive into and discuss the activities (Vicki and Julie refer to them as "challenges") that are embedded in the book. The second part will be more of an open forum for everyone to discuss other topics in the chapter or other issues pertaining to the subject. This will be a great time for making connections with other teachers for possible collaborations and getting answers to questions that you have. Finally, and perhaps what we are most excited about is that each week we hope to be joined by the friends mentioned in each chapter.  They will be able to share their firsthand insight on the weekly topic as well as stories from their own experiences.

On top of all this, Engaging Educators will be providing short, free “boot camp” style webinars along the way to help you master some of the topics that might be new to you.
What we hope to facilitate is a perfect companion to Julie and Vicki's book, an experience that goes beyond "just reading" and demonstrates what a network of connected educators can learn and accomplish.

Welcome to the club!

Ben Curran & Neil Wetherbee @engaginged
4th & 5th Grade teachers and Co-founders of Engaging Educators LLC
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We are looking for students and educators who are interested in joining us virtually for the Flat Classroom Conference 2011, to be held in less than 3 weeks time.

All details on the wiki at

There will be TWO online meetings in the next 2 weeks to discuss this further.  Come and join us!  If you have students who are interested please let us know and encourage them to sign up.

The first information/ training meeting is tomorrow morning, Tuesday February 8, 2011 at 7am Eastern with Julie Lindsay.

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