Elluminate meeting - All sounding board classroom teachers are invited to an information session in Elluminate on Thursday Nov. 6 at 7am EST, 12 midday GMT, 3pm Doha, 7pm Thailand, 11pm Australia (sorry Aussies, we are working on Kim's timline in Thailand for this one). This meeting will be recorded and posted here. The link for the virtual room in Elluminate will be posted here before the meeting start time.
Recording of Meeting - please listen if you were not there.

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 peer review from a different peer reviewer. (3 peer reviewers per team.)

Currently there are 11 wikis to review, which means we need plenty of Sounding Board classrooms to provide feedback for these groups. Feedback should be provided either in the discussion tab of the group's wiki page or in wiki format and linked to the Sounding Board feedback page. Previous Sounding Board classrooms have broken down this project into three steps (samples here and here):

Step 1:
All SB classrooms will have their students follow the Peer Evaluation Criteria & Summary feedback form to give feedback.

Step 2:
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]

Step 3:
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.

How much time will it take?


The Sounding Board process will begin on November 10 and continue through November 21 (check the Project Timeline for more details). The amount of time it will take to peer review will depend on the experience your class has with online global collaborations. Students will need to carefully review material posted on the wiki (including watching the videos or presentations associated with that group) and then provide thoughtful feedback using the linked Peer Evaluation Criteria & Summary to the SB Feedback Page. This is an easily scaleable project, allowing teachers to determine how much time they will spend on this peer review process. For middle - high school students, one or two longer lessons may be enough time.

Leadership


We have teachers who have volunteered to help others with lesson plans, methodology, and tips on how to conduct a peer review.

We will have a meeting to coordinate and assist Sounding Board classrooms in Elluminate (that will be recorded) on TBD (see local times here). Access the Elluminate meeting here. For those that missed the session, you can listen to the recording here.

Sounding Board Leader

Why are we using 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.)

This Year's Sounding Boards


Teacher
Teacher Contact Info
Classroom
Number of Students
Location
School
Topic(s) to be reviewed by your class
Durff
Skype
7th grade
19
MD, USA
BCA

Phil Macoun
Gmail
8th grade
15
Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Aspengrove School

Linda Nitsche &
Erin Vanguilder
Gmail
6th grade
15
PA, USA
East Vincent &
West Vincent

Mike Boulanger
Gmail/Skype
Grade 5
10-20
Doha. Qatar
Qatar Academy

Kim Cofino
mscofino [at] gmail.com
Grade 5
20
Bangkok, Thailand
International School Bangkok

Once you've added yourself to the table here, please join the Sounding Board group in the Flat Classroom Project Ning to help facilitate communication.


Tips and Advice for Sounding Board Classrooms


Helpful advice from previous Sounding Board classroom teachers:
  • This project works best with middle school and high school students (age 11 and up), but can be modified for younger students if needed.
  • You may want to have your students provide their peer reviews in small groups or partnerships to help spread the workload - especially helpful for younger students.
  • You may want to provide your groups/partnerships a chance to choose which group they will peer review, based on the information in the actual Horizon Project report.
  • You may want to have your groups/partnerships read the actual section of the Horizon Project that their student group is working on.
  • Create your own class wiki so that you can have one central place for your students to work (also allows you to have control over who is a member of the wiki). See samples from previous Sounding Boards here and here.
  • On your class wiki, create one page for each group that follows a template you design based on your class' specific ability/skill level. Have each peer review group/partnership fill out a template page for the project they are reviewing and then link that page to the SB Feedback Page.
  • It may be helpful to follow a simple template for middle school students, like a "3-2-1"-style format: 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 (sample from Chrissy Hellyer)
  • Once you have provided feedback, and linked to your feedback on the SB Feedback Page, leave a comment for the group you reviewed on the discussion tab of their wiki page. Let them know where they can find your feedback. Encourage them to leave comments for you as well to begin a meaningful dialogue about their work.

Flat Classroom Sounding Boards Talk



Chrissy Hellyer and Brandt Schneider talk briefly about their motivation to include their classrooms in the sounding board experience.

Past Sounding Board Links


Examples of previous Sounding Board feedback from grade 5 - grade 12 can be found here: