Step 3: I find myself strolling the streets of San Diego with a gang of smart 7th graders.
For the zeitgeisty connective tissue that is step 2, check out Rob’s reflection here. It includes some very nice words about Snarkmarket! (And some nice words about me, too—so of course I was hesitant to link to it too eagerly here—but honestly the whole thing is such a cool panoramic tale of a new kind of learning, and Rob’s articulation of it is so good, that I am willing to bite the bullet and incur some negative self-aggrandizement points for the sake of sharing.)
P.S. I feel like I have not recommended a Delicious account in years, but Rob’s links are basically what keep me coming back to my network page. They are thoughtful, thoroughly annotated (his notes are almost little blog entries), and frighteningly well-tagged.