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Peer to Peer Online Learning


With students learning at their own pace at home, it often becomes difficult to manage the diverse needs of learners and keep up with their varying speeds. Learn to meet students at their pace and develop lessons that allow for growth by differentiating with projects.


1. Forming peer groups

a. Expectations and rules for peer communication

b. Guidelines for student online communication

2.Protocols - Critical Friends

a. Modeling how to give and receive criticism

b. Critical dialogue and vocabulary “I like and I wonder…”

c. Documenting and sharing critical friends discussions

d. Supporting a positive culture with shared constructive criticism


3. Peer to Peer Study Buddies

a. Effective and courteous communication

b. Conflict resolution and de-escalation


4. Using a Fishbowl Approach

a. Modeling best practices for active listening

b. Reflection and observation note-taking

c. Whole-group debriefs

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Mark Barnett is passionate about Project-Based Learning and teaching students to create with technology. With 14 years of experience in STEAM and maker education and online teaching, he has consulted with teachers and administrators all over the world to set up and design impactful learning experiences with makerspaces and related education themes. He has also been teaching teachers how to transition to virtual, self-paced and digital instruction, modeling on best practices from experts all over the globe. Mark also speaks internationally about equity and access to STEAM and maker education, most notably at the Stanford FabLearn Conference, MIT Libre Learn Lab, SXSWedu, EARCOS in Bangkok, UNESCO in India and at 21st Century Learning in Hong Kong. Mark spends his free time travelling and learning with his family while working on a PhD in Computer Engineering to study how students construct and relate to new knowledge.

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