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Peer Learning – What a “Digital Is” thing to do!

Written by Christina Cantrill
February 23, 2012

Peer learning is the focus @ P2PU, ie. Peer 2 Peer University. P2PU is “a grassroots open education project” that has most recently been piloting a School of Education within its forum. Starting March 5, 2012, NWP Digital Is will be hosting a study group there too organized by Christina Cantrill, Katherine Frank and Troy Hicks and we invite you to participate!

Titled Writing and Inquiry in the Digital Age, this course will explore the question if “digital” is how we write, share, collaborate, publish, and participate, what does this mean for writing and the teaching of writing? We will use NWP Digital Is as a main text to explore these questions together as well as a forum for interacting and posting. Participants in this course will be encouraged to share their discoveries as well as their own questions and inquiries through the creation of a resource or a curation of content for others.

The study group begins March 5 and runs through March 18, 2012. We hope to create a structure that will continue to support others in exploring and using NWP Digital Is in an ongoing way too.

Additionally, inspired by the experience of Bud Hunt, a teacher consultant of the Colorado State Writing Project, who ran a P2PU course in Fall 2011 called Deeper Learning: Writing and the Common Core, several other writing project colleagues have jumped in to lead their own study groups this spring.

Open to all,  these courses include:

Empower Your Personal Learning (for teachers)
Taking control of your personal learning is an important 21st century skill — for students and for educators. In this group, we’ll explore new ways to empower your own professional learning and how to get started. Runs March 5 to March 25 2012

Connected Learning with Youth Voices
We are a study group that supports teachers who are beginning to use Youth Voices or who would like to use Youth Voices as a place for their students to post work, comment on their peers’ posts, and participate in connected learning on the site. Youth Voices is a school-based social network that was started in 2003 by a group of National Writing Project teachers.  We have found that there are many advantages to bringing students together in one site that lives beyond any particular class. If you would like to join this community of teachers, this is the right course for you! Ongoing,

We look forward to seeing you there! And ps: don’t forget to check out other great P2PU opportunities too!

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