Peer Assessment in Google Classroom

Shared by Jonathan White

Recently at G&L, there has been some discussion about how pupils might use the iPads as tools for peer assessment. Google Classroom provides us with a way to do this by allowing students to post to the class Stream, and to comment upon others’ posts.

What we know from research, such as this meta-study conducted at the IOE, that peer assessment can have significant positive impacts on educational attainment, self-confidence, and other important factors. In addition to these benefits for the girls, teachers here at G&L who have tried using peer assessment, especially for videos, have reported significant time savings (e.g. not having to watch all of the videos themselves), while further engaging the pupils with the work in question.

We also know from our own experiences that this assessment is most effective when the initial task is well-structured and teachers clearly define the success criteria. Working with the students to come up with shared success criteria can also be effective. For the peer assessment, students can be instructed to provide a pair of WWW/EBI comments on a peer’s work, or could be given a rubric or mark scheme by which to evaluate their peers’ work.

If you’d like to try out peer assessment of digital work, Google Classroom is a really great tool for it. Here are how the mechanics of the process work:

  1. Students complete their digital work (e.g. Explain Everything presentation, Book Creator book, etc.) and upload it to Drive. Alternatively, they can photograph/video physical evidence, such as a handwritten essay, video of a practical, or piece of artwork, and upload that photo or video to Drive.
  2. Students then go to your Classroom and add an entry to the class Stream, typing out a title for their work and attaching it to the post by clicking on the Drive icon. Their post now appears at the top of the class Stream.
  3. Students can then go through the stream and view classmates’ work, and have the opportunity to leave a public ("class") comment on each other post. You could, for example, ask them to leave a WWW/EBI pair for three of their classmates who don’t already have two comments on their post.
Here's what this looks like in practice, in your Classroom Stream: