Common Sense Review
Updated May 2017

Peergrade

Feedback tool with great rubrics might work best for older students
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Common Sense Rating 3
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  • Peergrade is a tool that helps teachers facilitate peer grading in their classrooms.
  • Teachers create an account to get started; several international universities use the tool extensively and allow easy sign-in with a university ID.
  • The site's assessment tools allow teachers to track how their students use the tool to offer each other feedback.
  • The Peergrade website features extensive resources, including a lengthy FAQ, a blog, and the Rubric Library, which offers advice on best practices and sample rubric questions.
  • The interface comes prepopulated with sample class information and a guided tour to help teachers understand the platform's full potential.
Pros
Simple features and stellar built-in rubrics help students easily access each other's assignments and offer feedback.
Cons
The tool is designed for higher ed and might not offer enough structure for younger students.
Bottom Line
With appropriate teacher support, this could be a powerful way to help teach your students about giving and receiving critical feedback.
Patricia Monticello Kievlan
Common Sense Reviewer
Foundation/nonprofit member
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

This feedback tool's sleek design might appeal more to older students than younger ones, but it's simple and straightforward to use. 

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

Inviting students to evaluate their peers' assignments can be a good way to help students develop empathy and foster attention to detail in their own assignments. 

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

The built-in rubric library, sample content, and FAQ section are excellent. A little more guidance on when and how to tailor this info for younger students would be a welcome addition.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Start with Peergrade's rubric library to get some ideas for using the tool: There are some great tools here that might help you structure peer feedback around a lab report, a history paper, or an ELA essay. In addition to some sample rubrics, this page features a list of tips and tricks for how to give and receive peer feedback. It's worth considering how you might structure an entire lesson just around the points listed on this page.

Consider using Peergrade for one round of edits or feedback as part of the development of a major paper or long-term project; introduce a peer review step to encourage your students to weigh in on each other's progress and help them understand how their own work relates to that of their classmates.

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What's It Like?

Peergrade is a platform for helping students give and receive written feedback on written work. First, teachers set up an account and tune the settings for how and when students can submit their work. Students can then log in and access their teacher's class, and they can interact with other students' submissions and add comments and edits. Teachers can then track their students' comments and their progress, and teachers can share feedback with students. 

Peergrade is mostly used in higher education, and it's used widely at several international universities. Some K-12 schools are also using the system, and the developer's website features third-party research about the effectiveness of peer review in K-12 and higher-ed settings. 

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Is It Good For Learning?

Peergrade was built for higher education, so it's possible that a tool that invites kids to comment on other kids' work won't be a great fit for every K-12 classroom. However, if a tool with these features is what you need, this is a worthy and easy-to-use platform for students to share their work and offer each other feedback. The rubrics included on the site are Peergrade's real standout feature: The sample rubrics are a great tool to help teachers start using formative assessment, and the informative text about offering peer feedback gives an excellent in-depth look at how and why to invite your students to engage in peer review.

Overall, this tool could be a great fit for students whose writing and analysis skills are sophisticated enough that they can offer detailed written feedback. However, if your students aren't quite ready for that, the rubric library is still worth a look. These tips about making feedback constructive and kind are worth reflecting upon, and they're a great starting point for teaching students about the best ways to be a supportive classmate and colleague. 

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