Recently I saw an article in Tech and Learning about using Peer Reviews for student work as a way maximize teacher effectiveness. The writer recommended SWORD:
“Today there is a cool product that helps automate this process. SWoRD is a free web-based, peer review system that was developed to help teachers organize writing assignments in a way that uses peer review as its backbone. Students learn a lot from giving their peers feedback, and they learn a lot from getting feedback from multiple peers. SWoRD makes peer review so easy that teachers have the opportunity to assign writing without adding teacher work because the time restraints of teacher reviewing and paper grading is greatly minimized. Instead of assessing student work, teachers can be working with students to develop and grow their work. “
Do you use peer review in your classes? How do you manage accountability and grading?