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?