Flat Classroom

Peer Review Sounding Board

We have been accepted as Peer Reviewers in The Flat Classroom Project which links students in five different countries.
The Flat Classroom™ Project is a global, collaborative project using Web 2.0 tools to foster communication, collaboration and creation. For inspiration and content material it draws on the work of Thomas Friedman and 'The World is Flat'. Read more about the project background and view past projects.

Why are we sounding boards?

  • 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.
  • Peer review classrooms participate by providing bookmarks and feedback on the wikis and videos to the participants. (We are also considering using Diigo this year.)
  • Our task is to review and comment on their work.
  • Our comments will be read both by these students and by some serious experts who are evaluating the project.
  • The main audience for our comments are the high school students.
  • We need to remember in our writing that they are working very hard and also that only some of the students are from the USA.

The eleven projects are:
1. Connecting the World Online (CWO) -
2. World Wide Web (WWW)
3. Workflow Software (WFS)
4. Uploading: The Changing Shape of Information (CSI)
5. Web 2.0 (W20)
6. Globalisation and Outsourcing (G&O)
7. Google (GGL)
8. PLEs and Social Networking (PLE&SN)
9. Mobile and Ubiquitous (M&U)
10. Virtual Communication (VCom)
11. Wireless Connectivity (WCon)

Task I: Read

Mrs. Nitsche will read and discuss with each group, their section of Flat Classroom Project
We will be discussing these questions:
  • What do you understand about the trend?
  • Why do you think the trend is important for the future?
  • If the actual report is written for adults, how could the project teams make the information easier for you to understand?
  • What would you expect to find out in each trend's section?
  • How will you decide if the project team has done a good job of their trend?

We will discuss the expectations for this task before you begin Task II.

Task II: Thoroughly Review and Discuss

Thoroughly review and discuss your selected criteria for your selected project.

We have been asked to assess the projects and provide feedback on the discussion pages of the relevant wiki project pages.
These are projects in progress (roughly at mid-point).
We will assess the projects as they are now according to the criteria below.
Each group of 6 will split into pairs to review one section only of the selected project.

Projects in Progress
Section Wiki

Student Groups Providing Feedback
Your Feedback Pages
Connecting the World Online

Connecting the World Online 2009
World Wide Web

Workflow Software

The Changing Shape of Information

Web 2.0

Web2.0 2009
Globalisation and Outsourcing


PLEs and Social Networking

Mobile and Ubiquitous

Virtual Communication

Wireless Connectivity

Task III: Evaluate Projects in Progress

All SB classrooms will have their students follow the Peer Evaluation Criteria & Summary feedback form to give feedback.
Use the criteria below to evaluate the each group's work. Be sure to remember that they are only about half-way through their project.
This means that your comments will help them make their work even better!
Use constructive comments like we talked about in class to help improve their work.

Take notes and provide feedback (on your Feedback Page) on your part of the criteria listed below.

Peer Evaluation Criteria

Quality of Content

  • Does the content (writing) make sense?
  • Can you identify any areas which need more explaining?
  • Pose three questions that arise from your reading - They could be questions about:-
    something that you didn't understand, ambiguity of content, questions that were not addressed, or questions that you had after reading it (you would like more information).

Communication / Collaboration
  • Look at the Discussion pages of the wiki pages - is there effective communication?
  • Do they need more?
  • Are they clear in their messages to each other?
  • Is there a sense of negotiation and collaboration?
  • Does the work appear to be equally shared?
  • Does there appear to be any difficulties by one or more members of the team?

Presentation - Layout and Design
  • Look closely at the amount and relevance of graphics/images and media - Is there enough? Too much?
    Refer to our online writing guidelines to help you answer this question
  • What kind of graphics/images and media have been used?
  • Do the graphics/images and media used support the content of the project?
  • Do you have any recommendations about the layout and design of the project?

Task IV: Provide Peer Feedback

Use the 321 graphic organiser to help prepare a summary of your peer review.
external image pdf.png 321_wiki.pdf 321 graphic organiser PDF
external image msword.png 321_wiki.doc 321 graphic organiser Microsoft Word doc
  • 3 good things about the wiki project
  • 2 improvements for the wiki project
  • 1 piece of new knowledge that your group has acquired due to these high school students participating in the Horizon Project

Remember to upload the pdf 321 to your Feedback page.

NOTE: These will be probably be read as soon as you post them. Remember these high school students have worked very hard on these projects.
Please give them positive, constructive and sensible feedback to help them improve their project.

This feedback will be copied and pasted (or typed directly into) the discussion tab of the wiki page they are reviewing WITH the *tag* in the content of the text AND a *clear title* that says: Peer Review of [group name]
If SB classrooms use their own wiki, they will link their peer review pages on the SB Feedback Page next to, or underneath the group name that they're reviewing.

One member of each Peer Review Team will
  • post a summary message on the discussion tab of the Wiki Project that has been reviewed
  • provide a hyperlink inviting the Project Students to read the Peer Review in full on this wikispace

Task V: Tag

Don't forget to tag your work using the Technorati tags: hz08 horizonproject07

Task V1: Self Reflection
Self-assessment requires you to evaluate your own thought processes.
Ask yourself these questions
  • What was the most difficult part of this review for you?
  • What do you think you should do next?
  • If you could do this task again, what would you do differently?
  • What did you learn from this review?

Write a paragraph of at least 6-8 sentences using your answers.
Please use complete sentences that make sense and make sure there are no spelling mistakes.
Post your own Self Reflection on the Feedback page.
(Hint: Compose your paragraph on Microsoft Word. Have one of your peer review team members read it and edit it. Then reread and edit it yourself. Then copy and paste it to the Self Reflection page.)