Here's a nifty model for 21st-century learning. Less than two weeks ago, Australian educator Dean Groom blogged about a group he was setting up on Diigo. Focus: project-based learning. Motivation: Dean's school--Parramatta Marist High in Sydney--is moving toward a PBL curriculum, supported by Web 2.0 tools. Dean is using Moodle as "a central hub" for managing assignments and resources.
It's a new learning model for Australian schools and, naturally, raises some questions. By setting up a Diigo group, Dean has found a way to not only exchange ideas with educators from around the globe, but create a community around PBL.
Within days, the Diigo group was off and running, with a growing collection of bookmarked resources and forum discussions about everything from software to professional development ideas. By this morning, the group had grown to 43 members from at least four continents.