Feedback and Collaboration in a Connected Classroom
Encouraging Peer Review and Engagine Students
Cindy GarrawayLanguage Arts Teacher Sandra Day O’Connor High School, Arizona
“Turnitin has allowed me—as an instructor—the opportunity to give feedback in a way that positively impacts student growth. Students cannot grow if they don’t have feedback to reflect and improve upon, and through Turnitin I’m able to freely give feedback in a way that I can celebrate their strengths.”
“At my school, we’re tech-rich,” says Cynthia Garraway. Every student in her classroom has an iPad. Garraway has adapted her instruction to take advantage of technology, connecting students and keeping them engaged.
“We are doing everything online.” Students submit all assignments through Turnitin, review for source matches in Feedback Studio, and use PeerMark to comment on each other's papers. Students stay focused and engaged, and become invested in classmates’ academic success. “Data has shown that students who write papers together improve their skill set, because they see what another person can do, and then they feed off of that, which builds and grows.”
Feedback Studio also fits into Garraway’s commenting and grading process. “I feel so much more freedom to give my comments.” Garraway finds Feedback Studio’s drag-and-drop comments and voice comments allow her to give one-on-one feedback to every student and reach them in an impactful way. “Turnitin has allowed me, as an instructor, the opportunity to give feedback in a way that positively impacts student growth. Students cannot grow if they don’t have feedback to reflect and improve upon, and through Turnitin I’m able to freely give feedback in a way that I can celebrate their strengths.”