What is a Sounding Board?

These classrooms will sign up to give feedback to their assigned teams. The number of wikis will depend on the number of students in the class. To sign up to be a sounding board, please put your information on the discussion tab along with your e-mail information.

What will they do?

Our goal is to provide meaningful peer feedback to each team each week of the project from a different peer reviewer. (3 peer reviewers per team)

Why are you using sounding boards?

The lack of significant peer review was listed as a weakness of the first project. With student networking technologies, we believe that effective practices in peer review need to move down to the K12 level. This is an effort to document and provide experience to leading teachers with their classrooms so that we may discuss and move towards more effective peer review in global collaborative projects.

Peer review is also part of the new NETS standards from ISTE and is something that we are going to have to do correctly, we need to begin to share best practices.

How much time will it take?

Several leading teachers who have experience in collaboration and peer review will have their classrooms participate as peer reviewers on either April 23rd or April 30th.

Who will help me?

Sharon Peters who has conducted at least 8 global projects and is involved with other collaborative online exchanges has agreed to allow her students to help be the lead coaching classroom for this process. They are going to model effective peer feedback and she is going to share her rubrics and teaching plans with all of us!

If there are any educators with experience in providing peer feedback in global collaborative projects that would like to be named "Assistant Coaches" and they are welcome to share and provide their resources.

How do I sign up?

To sign up to be a sounding board e-mail Julie Lindsay or Vicki Davis.

Sharon Peters, Head Coach

Sharon lives in Montréal, Canada and is a teacher at Lower Canada College. She and her students have won multiple awards for online global projects. Recently, Sharon completed her graduate thesis about online learning for high school students. This year, she has used many wikis with her students. Some of the wiki projects include Glengarrypedia, Jerusalem, and the Global Virtual Classroom Team 06 wiki. She, Vicki Davis, Cheryl Oakes, and Jennifer Wagner host a live webcast show each week for educators that feature guests who are leading innovators and thinkers about web 2.0 tools in education. Her blog can be found at Musings. Sharon will provide high school rubrics and lesson plans

Graham Wegner, Assistant Coach - Middle School

Graham lives in Adelaide, Australia and is an ICT Coordinator and middle school teacher at Lockleys North Primary School. He is an advocate for using Web 2.0 technologies for student learning and utilised wikis with his middle school students in 2006 as part of a unit of work on Australian Identity. Graham also presented at the K12 Online Conference on "No Teacher Left Behind - The Urgency Of Web 2.0". His blog can be found at Teaching Generation Z.
Graham will provide middle school rubrics and lesson plans that are age appropriate methods to help students see their future.

Sounding Board Schools

Sounding Board - April 23 - Peer Review Criteria

Sharon Peters

9th grade - 32 students from Lower Canada College and 3 visiting exchange students from Melbourne, Australia

Rubric for evaluation of student peer reviewers

Sounding Board - April 30

Lisa Durff

7th grade - 19 students from Broadfording Christian Academy, Hagerstown, MD Mrs. Durff
Click here for the BCA assignment

Brandt Schneider

70 web design students at Seymour High School, Seymour, CT
Click here for our assignment. Read student reviews by clicking here.

Middle School Sounding Boards

Graham Wegner

(Coach for Middle School)
Year 5/6 - 30 students Lockleys North Primary School, Adelaide, Australia.

Chrissy Hellyer

http://teachingsagittarian .edublogs.org
Year 7 (US 6th grade) - 33 students Taradale Intermediate School, Napier, New Zealand.
Sounding Board Peer Reviews here: http://taradaleint.wikispaces.com/Sounding+Board+Peer+Review
http://www.room18tis.wikispaces .com http://room18tis.edublogs.org http://room18tis.learnerblogs .org

Kim Cofino

8th Grade - 12 students - Mont'Kiara International School, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Assignment details and completed student reviews here: http://msit8q4.wikispaces.com/Sounding+Board
Class Wiki: http://msit.wikispaces.com, Class Blog: http://msit.edublogs.org

Resources for Classrooms who are Sounding Boards:

Rubric for recent peer feedback exercise between LCC students in Montreal and Neveh Channah students in Israel