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P2PU To Host Free Courses for Teachers

Peer to Peer University (P2PU) will offer seven free online courses for K-12 teachers from September to November as part of a pilot program.

P2PU is a peer-to-peer free online community that provides courses run by volunteer experts. Funding for the pilot is coming from William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; the courses have been designed in partnership with the Education Development Center and the National Writing Project.

The School of Ed classes, which will focus on creative learning methods for students by using peer learning and hands-on tasks, are:

  • Differentiating Instruction;
  • Student Engagement;
  • Open Education Resources in the K-12 Classroom;
  • Using Web 2.0 and Social Media to Encourage Deeper Learning;
  • Teaching in Blended and Online Classrooms;
  • Multimedia and Graphics to Facilitate Deeper Learning; and
  • Writing & Common Core: Deeper Learning for All.

"The pilot represents a new way of looking at professional development," said P2PU Executive Director Philipp Schmidt. "It models the kind of hands-on, learner-driven environment that we hope teachers will carry back to their own classrooms."

For further information and to register, visit the P2PU's site.

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