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 6 wikis with 8 sub wikis each to review (a total of 48 wikis!), 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 March 29, 2009 and continue through April 5, 2009 (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.


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

We had a meeting to coordinate and assist Sounding Board classrooms in Elluminate on Sunday, March 22
Here is the recording. Those who missed the meeting are encouraged to listen.

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 Contact Info
Number of Students
Topic(s) to be reviewed by your class
Mary-Kay Goindi
Grade 7/8
10-20 (unsure)
Elora, Ontario, CANADA
Elora Public
Cloud Computing
Lisa Parisi/Christine Southard
South Paris Collaborative
Grade 5
Long Island, NY, USA
Denton Avenue School

Ernie Easter
Grade 7&8
New Sweden, Maine
New Sweden School

Michael Wacker
Grade 6
Littleton, Colorado
Ute Meadows Elementary

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

Tracie Weisz
Grade 9
Tok, Alaska
Tok School

Nancy vonWahlde
Grade 5
Madrid, Spain
American School of Madrid

mrsdurff [at] gmail [dot] com
Grade 7
Maryland, USA
Broadfording Christian Academy
mobile computing
Once you've added yourself to the table here, please join the Sounding Board group in the NetGenEd 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: