Nearpod & Project Evals

Yesterday, I spent some time preparing for my 5th grade tech students to watch their final digital citizenship video projects and evaluate them.  I suppose I could have used paper and pencil, but I’m trying to take advantage of the fact that I have a class set of iPads in my room this year.  I decided to try Nearpod, an app that allows teachers to push content to students’ iPads and get feedback from them in real time.

I created a simple rubric for the project, with categories for audio, use of photos or video clips, and overall organization. To use Nearpod, I converted each rubric category to a poll question and gave students a description for each performance level (3-2-1).  Every student will give feedback on each of the six groups’ projects.  Next, I wanted to get feedback about how well each student thought their group worked throughout the process.  I included four poll questions that address various aspects of group work.  I also purposely made the Nearpod lesson generic enough (no group or student names) so I can use it with all three classes without having to recreate it each time.

I’ve never used Nearpod for this type of activity, so we’ll see how it works.  I like that students can give feedback in real time and do it relatively anonymously – I will know how each student answered, but they won’t see each others’ submissions unless they show each other their screens.  I can also control the speed of the delivery so students can’t rush through the evaluation before even seeing the videos.  I don’t have to worry about handing out papers or sharpening pencils.

Have you ever used Nearpod for evaluating student work?  What’s your favorite use for the app?


  1. Great application of Nearpod for self reflection and peer feedback! How did it go? This is very creative, and I’ll be sure to share with other teachers. Thanks for taking the time to write this blog and sharing with others. If you have any other feedback or questions, feel free to reach out: joshuat at


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