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Using Nearpod to Assess and Adjust

Explore and create

Explore and create : Creation lab

Thursday, December 3, 11:30 am–12:20 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Janet Corder  
Joan Gore  
Dr. Ursula Martin  

Learn how to use interactive Nearpod activities to engage students in the assessment process, assess frequently and accurately, and analyze formative assessment data quickly and easily so you can adjust lesson plans to meet student needs.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Not Required, but recommended: Nearpod App on any mobile device Not Required, but recommended: free (or upgraded) teacher account
Topic: Assessment/evaluations/use of data
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
  • Provide alternative ways for students to demonstrate competency and reflect on their learning using technology.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Summary: We all know that frequent formative assessment and adjustment of your lesson plans is essential to good student learning. But who has time to grade quizzes and exit tickets every class? Introducing Nearpod Activities, a quick and engaging way for to assess your students in real time so that you can adjust your planning to meet their needs. Nearpod is an online presentation and assessment tool. It works across all platforms as an app or website, so that any school can easily integrate it into their 1:1 or BYOD setting. Our session will show you how to change the way you teach and assess. Instead of another online or on-paper quiz or exit card, use Nearpod Activities along with other note-taking methods to quickly prepare and present student-focused, highly engaging lessons that assess as you go. Use the Draw-It feature for Formative Assessments that students actually enjoy doing. Use Nearpod to link to other online formative assessment tools such as Kahoot!, Quizzizz Flipgrid, and other sites so that no class time is lost while students navigate to other tools. Ask assessment questions of all types “On-the-Fly” so that you never miss an opportunity to check for understanding. And finally, learn about the Reports tool which allows you to view and understand your assessments to get the most out of them.


Introduction to Nearpod and Nearpod Activities (10 minutes) Participants will experience a Nearpod presentation from the point of view of a student. They will complete many different quick assessments such as polls, Time to Climb, Draw-It, Free Response and Quizzes. Using Formative Assessment tools built into Nearpod (10 minutes) Presenters will model the various Activities available in Nearpod and giving examples for their use. During this time, participants will be able to try out the presentation creating tool using their free or paid Nearpod accounts. Going beyond the basics - extending the use of Nearpod Activities to make your life easier and students’ time more engaging Using a combination of Nearpod and other note-taking methods to make quick presentations that are engaging and offer assessment. (15 minutes) Participants will again play the role of a student as they learn about this method of making quick NPPs that enrich their already-prepared lessons. Using the Drawing pages in Nearpod for Formative Assessment (15 minutes) Continuing their student role, participants will use the Drawing Tool in several different ways and discuss possible class applications. Linking to other Formative Assessment tools in a Nearpod presentation (Kahoot, Quizizz, etc.) (10 minutes) Presenters will demonstrate both the teacher and student view-point of linked online formative assessment tools in a Nearpod presentation. Participants will experience a variety of tools that are easily used in conjunction with Nearpod. Using the On the Fly questions in Nearpod for Formative Assessment (15 minutes) Presenters will do a demonstration of this technique by creating an assessment during the presentation and assessing participants’ understanding of Nearpod Activities. What can a teacher get from the Reports? (15 minutes) Presenters will provide examples of Reports and explain the various data that can be gleaned using the above methods of formative assessment.

Supporting research

How does Nearpod impact student learning? Case studies, research and articles.
Marzano, Robert J., and Debra Pickering. The Highly Engaged Classroom. Bloomington, IN: Marzano Research, 2011. Print. Boss, Suzie. Use formative assessment to put students on a winning streak. ISTE, 2015. Popham, James W. Transformative Assessment. ASCD, 2008. Print.

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Janet Corder, J2 Training

Janet Corder is an educational technology consultant specializing in technology integration, mobile learning devices and current educational trends. She’s often asked to teach model lessons in classrooms to show educators how to successfully use available technology to positively impact teaching and learning. Her presentations and training sessions take the fear out of integrating technology across the curriculum, meeting the needs of the beginner to the most advanced user. As a Texas public school educator, Corder spent over 20 years in the classroom and as a campus instructional technologist. In the last 10 years of her educational career, she served as the coordinator of instructional technology for Carroll Independent School District in Southlake, Texas. Corder was also an adjunct education professor at a Texas Wesleyan University, teaching the course “Computers as a Classroom Tool” in the education department. She has co-authored four books on technology integration and professional development, and served in various positions on the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Board of Directors. In 2013, Corder was awarded ISTE’s Making It Happen Award. She’s also a Nearpod PioNear, an Apple Teacher, an ambassador for Flipgrid and Wakelet, and a Nearpod, LiveBinders and Newsela certified trainer. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from Baylor University and an M.Ed. from East Texas State University (Texas A&M Commerce) in Reading.

Joan Gore, J2Training

As an experienced educational technology consultant, Joan specializes in technology integration at all levels. Her experience in a large Texas school district gives her a broad viewpoint of the needs of students and teachers. She has a passion for assisting educators learn new strategies for successfully integrating technology into their curriculum. Joan has presented at national, state and local conferences which has broadened her viewpoint of the needs of educators. She co-authored four books on technology integration and professional development. Joan served as president for the TCEA and was awarded ISTE’s Making It Happen Award .

Dr. Ursula Martin, Mobile County Public School System

Ursula is a district level Technology Resource Teacher in the Mobile County Public Schools System in Alabama. She works to educate teachers and administrators on how to integrate technology into the classroom and how to effectively assess the use of the technology integration. She has a passion for impacting student learning through the continued training of teachers on not only how to integrate technology in the classroom, but also how to assess the learning using various tech tools and programs to provide immediate feedback to students.

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