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 from a different peer reviewer. (3 peer reviewers per team.) Currently there are 80 wikis to review, which means we need plenty of Sounding Board classrooms to provide feedback for these groups. Feedback should be provided in wiki format and linked to the Sounding Board feedback page. Previous Sounding Board classrooms have broken down this project into five steps (samples here and here):
  • Read: Have peer review groups/partnerships read the Horizon Report section for their group. Ensure that they understand the content of the report well enough to peer review their Horizon Project team.
  • Thoroughly Review & Discuss: Have groups/partnerships read/watch/listen to their group's section of the Horizon Project work-in-progress, and then discuss the work as is.
  • Evaluate: Have groups/partnerships evaluate the current work on their section of the Horizon Project using the following questions: Peer Evaluation Criteria and Summary.
  • Share: Post each organized and relevant review in the discussion tab of the wiki being reviewed with the appropriate tag (as listed on the Sounding Board feedback page) and a title that says: Sounding Board Feedback for [tag], then link on the Sounding Board feedback page.
  • Tag: Tag all responses using the tags listed on the Sounding Board feedback page.

How much time will it take?

The Sounding Board process will begin on May 5th and continue through May 23rd (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 Peer Evaluation Criteria and Summary linked to the Sounding Board 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 will have a meeting to coordinate and assist Sounding Board classrooms in Elluminate (that will be recorded) on April 30th at 11:00 UTC (see local times here). Access the Elluminate meeting here. For those that missed the session, you can listen to the recording here.

Co-Sounding Board Leaders

  • Kim Cofino- Bangkok, Thailand
  • Jo McLeay - Australia
  • Steve Madsen - Australia

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
Lisa Durff

7th Grade Study Skills
Broadfording Christian Academy

Madeline Brownstone
MYP Tech age 11-12
Baccalaureate School for Global Education

1. GRV
Steve Madsen
9th Grade Computing
The Illawarra Grammar School, Australia
6. SOS

Gail Casey
Multimedia Class (14/15 yrs)
Geelong High School

Thomas Cooper
AP Environmental Science
The Walker School

George Mayo
mrmay.org at gmail dot com
on Twitter @mrmayo
8th Grade English
8 - 10
Middle School in Maryland (MCPS)
11. Connecting People via the Network
Jo Mcleay
Year 8: 13 - 14 years
Mater Christi College

Anne Mirtschin
Yr 9/10 Info Tech
15-16 yrs
Hawkesdale p12 College

Sam Liberto
ITGS Grade 11
Qatar Academy 11
Mobile Broadband

Once you've added yourself to the table here, please join the Sounding Board group in the Horizon Project 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 Sounding Board 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 Sounding Board 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.

*Process*: (from Elluminate Meeting )

*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: http://horizonproject2008.wikispaces.com/Sounding+Board+Feedback next to, or underneath the group name that they're reviewing.

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: