Monday, April 21, 2008

The Truth is Out There

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.


Dean Groom said...

thanks! - also have a look at - first PBL project is UP. The group is working together on integrating virtual worlds (Second Life et al) in to PBL. Not talking about it ... doing it ... your peers may indeed NOT be in your school!.

Suzie Boss said...

Looks like a global community, too (with a strong Australian presence). Eager to see where you all take this--and how students respond to the opportunity.

dean said...

we are a boys school, PBL has re-engaged 14/15 year olds with their learning. - one students journey from "hello world" to now. PBL has made a huge impact, and we are keen to network with other PBL schools. Our classrooms are Web2.0 powered. I ditched all the usual ICT desktop apps which has forced staff and students into new experiences. Its great to watch a room of 50 kids, blogging, Final Cutting, Photoshopping and exploring Teen Second Life. We set out to NOT have stereotypical ICT 'computer labs' which has paid off - but we really are on a fast learning curve when it comes to project design - hence the Diigo - we need to connect with more experienced PBL teachers in order to fast track our own learning.

Suzie Boss said...

I'd love to get to see your school in action some day. Sounds terrific! One of our goals with this blog (and book) is to help teachers and schools using the PBL approach find each other, collaborate on projects, and continue building the knowledge base about what works. Glad to know about your school and what you are accomplishing there!