Peer feedback

Also known as: stars and wishes, TAG feedback, peer to peer feedback, student to student feedback

what worked well/even better if, I noticed/I wondered, thumbs up/thumbs down

A structured process where students evaluate the work of their peers by providing valuable feedback based on a teacher’s benchmarks. Students learn to apply criteria, understand the benefits and be challenged during the process. Peer assessment can boost learner metacognition, help clarify misunderstandings, explore new perspectives, and model intellectual risk-taking.

Peer feedback

How to use with ICT

Collaborative tools from Google or Microsoft allow frequent and efficient implementation of self and peer assessment activities. Web-based tools like Wikis, PeerWise or WebPA offer rich experiences. Learners in a platform like Canvas or Moodle also have many opportunities for peer feedback and reflective learning.

Many online learning platforms such as Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams and Seesaw have the ability to give immediate feedback to students, however, the feedback is not private for students.

Single computer

The teacher can create one document with a slide or template for each student in the class. They can enter the feedback directly into the template after looking at their peer's work.

ICT templates

External resources

Find out more resources
Title Link Description
60-Second Strategy: TAG feedback by Courtney Watson 60-Second Strategy: TAG Feedback (new window) Students at Concourse Village Elementary School practice giving and receiving feedback using a TAG Critique worksheet.
20-Minute peer feedback system by John Spencer 20-Minute Peer Feedback (new window) A feedback process (pitching, clarifying, offering feedback, paraphrasing, and coming up with next steps) explained on video and via blog post (new window)
Teammates Teammates (new window) TEAMMATES runs on the Google App Engine, using cutting edge cloud technologies. It offers confidential student peer evaluations, anonymous peer feedback, shareable instructor comment and searchable student records. It is not supported on Internet Explorer. 
Peerwise Peerwise (new window) PeerWise is an online repository of multiple-choice questions that are created, answered, evaluated and discussed by students. All activity remains anonymous to students, however instructors are able to view the identity of question and comment authors and have the ability to delete inappropriate questions. Suited to upper secondary.

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Disability, Learning and Support

When planning to use technology in the classroom it is important to consider the diversity of your learners. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to guide the design of learning environments that are accessible and effective for all. For UDL guidelines, information and additional materials, visit the CAST website.

Many students require technology as an adjustment to support their access to learning. Adjustments (NESA) are actions taken that enable a student with disability and additional learning needs to access syllabus outcomes and content on the same basis as their peers. Enrol in the Personalised learning with technology online course to help you make more informed decisions regarding technology.

 

For a range of simple, how-to videos visit the Assistive Technology page on the Disability, Learning and Support website. Resources are organised into four sections; Literacy and Learning, Vision, Hearing, Physical and Motor Skills.

 

High potential and gifted learning and support

When planning to use technology in the classroom it is important to consider the full range of abilities of all learners. High potential and gifted learners may require additional adjustments and deliberate talent development.  These strategies include differentiation, grouping, enrichment and advanced learning pathways so students can be engaged, grow and achieve their personal best.

 

Assessing and identifying high potential and gifted learners will help teachers decide which students may benefit from extension and additional challenge. Effective strategies and contributors to achievement for high potential and gifted learners helps teachers to identify and target areas for growth and improvement.

 

For further support and advice about how to tailor learning for high potential and gifted students from all backgrounds, visit the High Potential and Gifted Education web section, High Potential and Gifted Education Policy or attend one of the professional learning courses on offer.

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Professional learning

Professional learning (internal)
Provider Course name Link Description
CPD for Teachers Peer and Self Assessment What is peer and self assessment? (new window) This teaching resource from the Royal Society for Chemistry is a guide to peer feedback and self assessment, including research foundations, how to encourage effective feedback and assessment, and advice on using ICT.
Read Write Think Peer Review  Read the strategy guide (new window) Learn about encouraging effective peer feedback in a primary classroom. The guide focuses on literacy, but many of the strategies are more broadly applicable.