Creating and Using Formative Assessments in Nearpod

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Janet Corder  
Nearpod has the ability to provide various formative assessment activities to provide teachers with immediate feedback. We will explore these activities and learn how to create them so that you can quickly analyze the data and adjust lesson plans to meet student needs.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: If participants are using a mobile device, it would be best if they download the Nearpod app (free) prior to the session.
Participants should create a free Nearpod account prior to the session.
Topic: Assessment/evaluations/use of data
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Provide alternative ways for students to demonstrate competency and reflect on their learning using technology.
  • Use technology to design and implement a variety of formative and summative assessments that accommodate learner needs, provide timely feedback to students and inform instruction.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

We all know that frequent formative assessment and adjustment of your lesson plans are 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 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. By the end of the session, participants will be able to create Nearpod Activities to assess their students in a variety of student-centered, engaging ways. Participants will be able to find and understand Nearpod Presentation Reports in order to gather information useful for planning future lessons.


Introduction to Nearpod and Nearpod Activities (10 minutes) Participants will experience a Nearpod Presentation (NPP) from the point of view of a student. They will complete many different quick assessments such as polls, Draw-It, Drag and Drop, and quizzes. Presenters will model adding slides to an NPP, explaining the various activities available in Nearpod and how to create them. The Nearpod presentation will also include how teachers can link to outside web tools such as Quizizz and Wordwall to assess their students. (20 minutes) Participants will then be given time to create formative assessment activities using their free or paid Nearpod accounts. (20 minutes) Presenters will demonstrate how to access and read student reports. (5 minutes) Participants will complete the ISTE session evaluation. (5 minutes)

Supporting research

The Value of Formative Assessment -
Know Where Your Students Are Every Step of the Way -
Formative Assessment Using Nearpod with Michael Farabaugh -

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Janet Corder, J2 Training

Janet is an educational technology consultant with experience as a classroom teacher, instructional technology coordinator, and adjunct professor. Her passion for assisting educators learn new strategies for successfully integrating technology into their curriculum has provided her with many opportunities to present at national, state, and local conferences and in school districts throughout the United States. She has co-authored four books on technology integration and professional development. Janet served in various positions for the TCEA Board of Directors and was awarded ISTE’s Making It Happen award given to leaders in educational technology.

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