I recently had the opportunity to facilitate a session for the Teaching Excellence Program (TEP) in which two fantastic Leeward Community College faculty members and past participants of TEP returned to shared their use of Nearpod a web based interactive presentation tool. Nearpod allows the instructor and students to participate through a mobile device (tablet, laptop, smartphone) so projection equipment and screen are not needed. That frees up the projection screen to be used for other things for example to show a film.
English instructor Meredith Lee uses Nearpod to supplement a film as it is shown in her class. She walked us through her process of asking comprehension questions using Nearpod during the film to make sure students were following along. Meredith also showed the aggregated student assessment data that is generated from the questions. The data is automatically graphed and organized. It was a clear example of how quickly and easily the assessment data can be collected and shared.
As a Japanese instructor, Kazuko Nakamitsu uses Nearpod to inform students on Japanese character writing. She shared an interactive example which could assess the proper steps in Japanese character writing. The example showed a brief video illustrating the proper stroke and stroke order, followed by an interactive draw slide which allowed the students to use their finger to write the character on their iPad and submit it. Those in attendance enjoyed participating in her presentation and got a kick out of seeing each other’s finished characters.
Nearpod is an exciting way to engage your students in learning. Additional assessment types include: Open ended, Poll, Quiz, and Draw. Nearpod works on computers and mobile devices (iOS and Android), with the later requiring the installation of the Nearpod App. Nearpod is free with additional features available for a fee.