Lesson 11: Peer Review: Personal Portfolio Website

Overview

Students have been continuously working on the same project for many weeks. In this lesson students take a step back from implementing their own website and look at peers websites. Through peer review students will get to share feedback on each others sites as well as hopefully get some new ideas for their own website.

Purpose

Students have been working on creating their personal website for many lessons now. They have used 3 steps of the problem solving process. They have defined, prepared, and tried many things in creating their websites. However they have not had much time to reflect. This lesson offers spaces to step back and reflect. Once students have reflected they can then start preparing to move forward again.

It will be important to keep building the peer review culture in your class for this lesson. Help students to see the process of creating their website as just that a "process" where improvement is always possible. Feedback allows them to keep making steps forward. Getting students to give each other actionable feedback will require commitment from all students to help each other.

Agenda

Warm Up (10 minutes)

Activity (30 minutes)

Wrap Up (10 minutes)

Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Give constructive feedback to peers on their websites
  • Process feedback and develop a plan for improvement

Preparation

Links

For the Students

Support

Report a Bug

Teaching Guide

Warm Up (10 minutes)

Self Reflection

Set up: Have students transition away from the computer for a moment and take out their journals.

Teaching Tip

Optionally you can have students complete this using the Website Self Reflection - Activity Guide

Prompt: In journals have students respond to the following about their personal website so far:

  • I am most proud of the following aspect(s) of my personal website:
  • The biggest challenge that I overcame so far in making my personal website:
  • Improvements I still want to make to my website are:
  • If I knew at the beginning of this project what I know now, I would have started it differently by doing this:
  • I would describe the level of effort I’ve invested into this project as:

Activity (30 minutes)

Gathering Feedback

Distribute: Website Peer Review - Activity Guide

Website Peer Review

Each student will get one copy of the Website Peer Review - Activity Guide which they will pass around to three other students in order to gather feedback on their website.

Step 1: Each student should write their name clearly on the peer review feedback form and fill out the first section, labelled Directions for the Personal Website Developer. The primary goal of this section is for the website developer to give their reviewers some direction about what specifically they would like feedback on.

Teaching Tip

You may want to set a timer for the three rounds of review, both to ensure that the class keeps moving but also to encourage students to continue evaluating each website up to the round change

Step 2: Students trade sheets and perform a review of each others' sites in the second section of the feedback form. There are three columns for feedback, each with related, but slightly different, questions. Each site will be reviewed by three different students - each time students should use the first empty column to complete their review.

After three rounds of peer review, return feedback forms to the website authors

Reflecting and Moving Forward

Transition: Students can put away computers and return to their seats with their feedback forms.

Prompt: Read through the feedback your peers provided and consider what you might incorporate in your next round of development.

The back side of the peer review form provides two prompts for students to think about how they will incorporate feedback from today's activity. Give students some time to both finish processing their feedback and to answer these questions.

Share: Have a few students share out their responses to the feedback prompts. This is a good point to call out that while we are at the "end" of the problem solving processes, this is actually the point at which we cycle back to the beginning of the process.

Part of what we're doing in reflecting is identifying the issues or potential areas of improvements that will become the focus of the process in the next iteration.

Collect: If you choose to collect the feedback forms for grading, make sure that when they are returned students are encouraged to keep them for reference. Alternatively, you could have students paste the forms into their notebooks for later reference.

Wrap Up (10 minutes)

Discussion: The Feedback Process

Discussion Goal

The point of this discussion is to give students an opportunity to see how their peers are processing feedback and to acknowledge as a group that the process of giving and receiving feedback can be difficult, but also extremely valuable. Encourage students to acknowledge ways in which getting feedback on their pages made them feel vulnerable and reassure them that this process is not here to judge the work they've done, but to help them continually improve their work.

Discuss: Now that students have both given and recieved feedback on their websites, discuss the process with them. You might include some of the following questions to drive discussion:

  • Were there issues with your own site that you didn't realize until reviewing others?
  • What was the most difficult part of giving good feedback?
  • What was the most difficult part of receiving feedback?
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The Internet - Web Development: Lesson 11 - Peer Review

Background

Students have been continuously working on the same project for many weeks. In this lesson students take a step back from implementing their own website and look at peers websites. Through peer review students will get to share feedback on each others sites as well as hopefully get some new ideas for their own website.

Resources

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Peer Review

Today you are going to have other people look at your website and give feedback on it.

Do This

  • Leave this open on your screen so your peer reviewers can look at your work

Standards Alignment

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