Peergrade is an online platform that allows facilitation of peer assessment with students. Peergrade has made it easy for students to assess one another anonymously. You create an assignment, then students hand in their work online. The assignments are then distributed to other students in the class, randomly, and they provide feedback for their peers. The papers are then delivered back to the author with the feedback. You, as the teacher, now have access to the original assignments as well as the feedback that was given.
One of the features that I really liked about peergrade is the rubric quality feature. The data that is collected is used to generate feedback, for you as the educator, about which questions in your rubric the students had a hard time answering and which questions generated the most feedback. This is something that could be useful when creating rubrics for assignments. Having this feedback would help ensure that your rubrics are useful and aid in student understanding of what is expected of them. This tech tool really promotes reflection, which is vital in learning and meta-cognition. I really like the peergrade interface and I believe that it could be utilized to ensure students are receiving feedback that is necessary for learning. I love that there is plenty of data and information about each student that is generated, such as how many assignments they’ve handed in, how many reports they’ve given feedback on, how long they worked to give feedback, their class ranking and plenty more. The account is free – students do need to set up an account to log onto your class.
PeerGrade is an online platform, and you can create your class account on their website.