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10 tools for effective peer feedback in the classroom

Providing feedback is an important skill. The ability to give meaningful feedback is to our peers is even more powerful. Here are 10 tools for effective peer feedback in the classroom.

Providing feedback is an important skill. The ability to give meaningful feedback to our peers is even more powerful. Here are 10 tools for effective peer feedback in the classroom.

As teachers, we strive to provide our students with quality feedback on their work. Getting feedback from their teacher is useful but getting feedback from their peers can be even more powerful.

How can we begin to incorporate peer feedback into our classroom? And what tools are available to help our students begin to provide effective feedback to one another?

In a recent #Ditchbook chat we focused on the power of peer feedback and how to facilitate as our students engage in giving one another feedback in the classroom. Scroll down to see top tool recommendations from fellow educators and be sure to check out this Wakelet collection to see the whole discussion.

10 tools for effective peer feedback in the classroom

1. A simple, but incredibly effective way for students to give one another feedback is through the commenting feature in G Suite tools.

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2. Verbal feedback from a peer can mean even more to a student that a written comment. Hearing your peer’s voice can make that comment even more valuable. Students can use Synth to give one another feedback through an audio file.

Related post: Meet Synth, a classroom audio tool to amplify student voice

3. A popular, and easy, way for students to give peer feedback is through Flipgrid. They can easily add a link to their work in their original post and other students can record reply with a video response.

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4. Eric Curts has a fantastic blog post on Four Fantastic Feedback Tools for Google Docs. One of his recommendations is to use Screencastify for providing video feedback. A recent update gives users the ability to post, view and edit Google Drive video comments right from the Screencastify extension.

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5. Google forms are a great way for students to give structured feedback as they respond to another student’s work. As the form creator, you can choose to create your prompts to include sentence frames, a rating scale or just leave it open-ended. You can even choose for students to give feedback anonymously or not.

Related post: 40 innovative ideas for using Google Forms in your classroom

6. A feedback tool doesn’t have to be digital. A stack of sticky notes and some markers can be just as effective. Want to blend a digital project with analog feedback? Try having your students go on a digital gallery walk as they view each other’s projects then give feedback by leaving comments on sticky notes.

Related post: The Digital Gallery Walk: Collaboration on their feet

7. Making flashcards with student-created images can be easy and fun! Pear Deck’s Flashcard Factory allows you to make flashcards WITH your students. With a quick Quizlet export, you can create a quiz where they can review cards as a class and even vote for the best ones.

Related post: Create flashcards WITH students with Flashcard Factory

8. We love Padlet for sharing student work. It allows students to see everyone’s posts in one place. An update to Padlet now allows for post reactions too. When reactions are turned on others can like, vote, star, and even grade another’s post.

Related post: 20 useful ways to use Padlet in class now

9. When we create and share content online we open up our work to the world of comments. When publicly blogging or in a program like Scratch students can give and get comments from anyone. A protocol like “two stars and a wish” can be an effective tool for supporting students as they work on giving constructive comments.

10. Peergrade, a free online platform, helps to facilitate peer feedback. With Peergrade you can choose from their library of rubrics and assignment templates that make it easier than ever to provide your students with the opportunity to give one another productive feedback.

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