Move Closer to Digital Learning with NearPod

Concurrent Session 5

Brief Abstract

This presentation will reinforce the importance of instructional technology advocacy through the of NearPod. In addition to NearPod's promotion of engaged, student-centered learning, the presentation will acknowledge the digital divide between 21st century learners and their 20th century teachers, administrators, and educational preparatory providers.


Professor and Educational Technology coordinator in the Department of Teaching & Learning at Tennessee State University. In addition, she serves a senior member of the National Education Association’s Content Quality & Review board recommending online professional development courses to the NEA Academy. Dr. Arrighi also works as an online instructor for the Tennessee Board of Regents – TNeCampus (including 8 years as a faculty mentor) and taught five years as an educator for Metro-Nashville Public Schools. Honored as a 2015 Women of Distinction in the field of education, Dr. Arrighi trains teachers and students on how to incorporate technology into the classroom, presents nationally and internationally on topics such as classroom management, Millennial learners, and digital citizenship, and continues to work diligently in her field preparing pre-professional educators for teaching, learning, and advocacy of children and public education. Her higher education online training and consulting involved several historically black institutions, K-12 school districts, and internationally in England, Senegal, and most recently the United Nations (UNESCO) 2014 mobile learning week. Dr. Arrighi, an eighteen-year member of the National Education Association (NEA) and its state affiliate, the Tennessee Education Association (TEA); displays her advocacy through service as a faculty advisor for student members at her University and previously held a position as higher education board member and president of the TEA-Department of Higher Education. Dr. Arrighi consults as a technology, classroom management, and student advocate trainer. In addition, she has been featured in Association publications and commercials for which she hopes “individuals we see the true spirit all educators who give so much to educate today’s youth!” As a member of International Forum for Women in eLearning, Phi Delta Kappa, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and other professional organizations, Dr. Arrighi encourages mentoring and networking as a means of building community, developing citizenship and responsibility, and promoting a society in which everyone's role is valued.

Extended Abstract

You, yes, YOU can produce digital learning experiences that generate data. Nearpod is a mobile application that transforms your existing powerpoint into assessment module. You can upgrade your student engagement without downgrading your content. NearPod can align with your instructional needs as an impactful BYOD tool.

*Participants will need to download FREE NearPod app on their mobile device or access the website via their laptop and bring one PowerPoint presentation/lesson to use a hands-on lab.

In this session, participants will:

  • Discuss management and planning factors that engage Millenial learners.
  • Learn the features of NearPod through participation in a NearPod session
  • Convert an existing PowerPoint presentation to NearPod guidelines.
  • Determine how assessment data can support course and program outcomes.