Station Students use Explain Everything and Peer Reviews in Canvas

Recently, I visited Ms. Pitstick’s room at Hilliard Station. Her students are working on a project using Explain Everything. This app allows students to create a presentation and show their understanding of a topic either through a PDF or a video. Once they finished their project they turned their work into Canvas. Mrs. Gillies and Ms. Pitstick then turned on peer reviews in Canvas. Through the peer review tool, students were automatically assigned a partner. They could review the partner’s project and provide feedback based on a rubric provided by the teachers. Students then met together to discuss the reviews. The teachers had provided a rubric for them to use while they were reviewing each other’s project. Students then typed their feedback into the Canvas and met with the partner to discuss. 

I love this design because it takes advantage of some of the best learning techniques based on John Hattie’s research on Visible Learning. One of the most powerful learning activities for a student is when they self-assess their own work.  While the students are actually reviewing someone else’s project through the rubric and providing them constructive feedback for improvement, the student can’t really help but think about their own project as they are taking a look at the rubric. In the back of their mind they’re already thinking about what improvements they might be able to make to their own work.  

Once students saw the feedback from their partner, they were required to revise their project again before submitting the final draft.  For many students, their tendency is to want to finish a project and be “done with it” when they’ve completed first draft. This process really sends a strong message that there are always improvements that you can make even when the student finishes the first draft.

This is a great use of the iPads that students are using everyday in our One2One program in Hilliard Schools.