The kids from the bush are off to Awards in Town

How exciting is this? Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay, in conjunction with Don Tapscott and the NetGenEd project announce the awards ceremony in OpenSim on April 20, by invitation only. All Flat Classroom related project participants are invited to attend.  Net generation education project to hold first of its kind closing ceremonies, April 20, 2009 at 10 am edt on reactiongrid, an opensim virtual world .The students from the ‘bush’ of Australia, Hawkesdale P12 College, have received this invitation to attend the closing awards ceremony in opensim for our amazing netgened project:-

Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay

in conjunction with

Don Tapscott and the Netgened project

request the pleasure of the company of

The Netgened students of Hawkesdale P12 College

To  the very first of its kind

Closing Award Ceremonies

April 20th 2009,
 10am EST (USA)

Where: On reactiongrid
Opensim virtual world

We hope that some of us can attend in our best avatar gowns/suits, despite the late hour of the night or early hour of the morning for the students in the land ‘down under’. Roll out that red carpet…..!

Here  is the press release for the big event, per kind favour of Vicki Davis and published with her permission.

Unique Opportunity for Journalists to be Mentored  by NetGen Students from Around the World in the Creation of their Avatar

Toronto, Ontario, April 6th, 2009 – Don Tapscott, best selling Author and Chairman of nGenera Insight, and Flat Classroom Project teachers, Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay, today announce the closing ceremonies of their collaborative project, The Net Generation Education Project (NetGen Ed), to be held on April 20, 2009 at 10 am EDT on ReactionGrid, an OpenSim virtual world. This first of its kind awards show will bring together students, teachers, and educators from around the world to recognize the best videos from the project as well as the winner of the Grown Up Digital Net Gen Education Challenge. The event is jointly sponsored by nGenera Corporation, ReactionGrid, and Flat Classroom Projects and will provide an opportunity to showcase Open Source Virtual World Capabilities.

The event, which is invitation only, will be made available to students, teachers, and educators involved in the NetGen Ed, Flat Classroom, and Digiteen projects as well as select members of the press, and educational bloggers.  Journalists and Educators wishing to attend the event will have the unique opportunity to be mentored by NetGen Ed students and ReactionGrid volunteers on the setting up of their avatars and movement in OpenSim. This partnership will provide first hand insight into the many talents of the Net Generation and continue to build upon the collaborative theme of the project.

The awards show will be recorded and streamed from a NetGen Ed website hosted by nGenera and will be hosted live within ReactionGrid on the F.L.A.T.S. (Flat Learning Area for Teaching &Sharing.) 

The event is the culmination of an eight week project studying emerging technology trends and how education must be transformed to reach students based upon the eight NetGen norms, as shared in Don Tapscott’s book, Grown Up Digital. Throughout the project’s duration students from countries such as Australia, India, Qatar and the United States have been collaborating together via the internet – writing a wiki report, creating videos, and discussing trends with Don Tapscott on the Grown Up Digital Ning, an educational network set up for the project, and participating in live webinars with Discovery Educator Network about movie making and digital storytelling.  To promote increased inclusivity, the ning, as well as partnerships with the Discovery Educator Network and Classroom 2.0, have provided forums for students, parents, professionals and educators not directly involved in the project to engage in a global dialogue on learning and the future face of education. All NetGen Ed student video entries will be considered as part of the Grown Up Digital Net Gen Education Challenge, a video contest presented by nGenera. The contest, which was first announced on the CBC series “Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister,” challenges people from around the world to provide their “next great answer” via video submission as to what they would do to change the education system. The grand prize winner, which will be announced during the April 20th awards show, will receive scholarship money as well as a private webinar with Don Tapscott.

For more information on the NetGen Education Project and the Grown Up Digital Net Gen Education Challenge, please visit: http://netgened.grownupdigital.com or http://netgened.wikispaces.com.

Virtual seating for the event is limited to 200 participants. For media inquiries or to request an invitation to attend,

 Joanna Griffiths, Marketing and Communications Manager

The Tapscott Group  Phone: 416-830-1664   email:  joanna.m.griffiths@gmail.com

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