Overview of Tool
Among the sea of educational apps that seems to grow larger by the day, Nearpod differentiates itself thanks to its versatility and utility for virtually all levels and topics. It’s a great home base for teachers because of how seamlessly it integrates with other powerful tools.
Think … PowerPoint with benefits. Whatever you put together on Nearpod is sent directly to your students’ screens by entering a code. YOU control moving forward. What’s even better, it provides options for interactive elements that you could NEVER do in PowerPoint!
Nearpod can be used with any and all devices-iOS, Android, Windows, Nook, Web. Teachers can easily create lessons in minutes for their classes. Teachers can also import files (pdf, ppt, jpg) or Google slides and add interactive activities, websites, and videos to keep students engaged in learning. Teachers can synchronize their lessons across all student devices in the classroom and get real-time feedback and post-session reports on student comprehension.
Bonus- VR 360 Cities and includes interactive 3D objects in lessons and Goggles!!!!
VR – Use Virtual Reality to immerse students in experiential learning and generate excitement around the topic or skill.
Ways to Use in Teaching and Learning
The app is ‘web based’ and is accessible on a ‘log in’ basis. This means that you can access your Nearpod account through any device that connects to the internet. The nice thing about this is that you can run and, more importantly, create your presentations on a computer. In this case, the iPad is just the tool to deliver your Nearpod creations with. Ultimately, the real beauty of this app is that it enables you to connect with your students (digitally that is). This connection and the flexible nature of Nearpod means that it can be used in many different creative and innovative ways. Below are just ten ways of utilising this multifaceted tool.
1) Simple Presentation Delivery –At it’s most simple, you can use Nearpod as a substitute for other presentation tools. Instead of running a Powerpoint or Keynote you could utilise this app instead.
2) Personalised Provision-Following on from the idea of using Nearpod as a simple presentation tool, you could isolate the the use of the app to one child or a small group.
3) Distributing Resources-Using the app to distribute resources is another simple way of using it in the classroom.
4) Live and Formative Assessment-The app can become even more useful if you insert a ‘Quiz’ into your Nearpod presentation. As a teacher, you can create customised quizzes that can be used as assessment tools.
5) Ongoing Assessment –Why not utilise the quizzes in Nearpod throughout a term to ascertain ongoing assessment data? When the children have finished a quiz, Nearpod will automatically create a report for you. You can access the reports directly through the app and download the data as PDF overviews, CSV files (to be embedded in Excel) as well as reports on individual students. T
6) Self Assessment-It is common practice in Primary and Secondary schools for children to assess themselves and evaluate their own confidence levels. Nearpod contains the option of inserting a ‘Poll’. In this situation, the children’s opinions are questioned. This makes the ‘Polling’ tool a perfect feature to use when ‘traffic lighting’ in the classroom.
7) Modelling-The app also has a feature called ‘Draw It’ that can be built into your presentations. This beams an interactive whiteboard to the children’s devices. The teacher’s device will display all of the children’s ‘drawings’ when they have finished and submitted them. The teacher can then ‘share’ individual whiteboards with the entire class. Hitting share will cause the chosen ‘drawing’ to appear on every device. This enables teachers to share good work and model good progressions.
8) Open Ended Tasks-You might be thinking that Nearpod is a very teacher driven tool. The app supports you to guide the children along and control the pace of the session. However, a couple of features within Nearpod allow for creative flexibility. The ‘Open Ended Questions’ feature is perhaps the most creative avenue available to children within the app. The teacher can pose a question or set up a scenario for the children to write about and let them fly with it. With this tool you could facilitate creative writing tasks. The advantage of using something like Nearpod for this kind of activity is that the ‘Open Ended’ answers are then automatically logged in the reports.
9) Setting Homework-All of the above examples revolve around the idea of using Nearpod in a ‘Live Session’. Children can also engage with the presentations in their own time. You can provide a ‘Homework’ code to the children and they can access a pre-made presentation at home. Again, this feature is built into the app. It’s worth remembering as well that Nearpod is ‘web-based’ and therefore, the children go on Nearpod.com and complete the homework on their home computer or even any smart phone.
10) Sharing and using pre-made Resources-One way of using Nearpod involves almost no work at all. Tapping on the ‘Explore’ button within the main landing page of the app will take you through to a library of pre-made Nearpod Presentations. An entire network of teachers have been sharing their resources on this platform for years now. You can find interactive presentations on almost anything for almost every year group. Many of them are free as well!
All subjects at all levels
Earn Your Badge
Create an account
Create a Nearpod lesson from scratch or using an existing Google Slides/PowerPoint
The lesson should have at least:
list learning objective(s)
at least 3 interactive slides
exit ticket or quiz
At the conclusion of the lesson go to Reports:
look at the bell ringer – describe the purpose and the how you used the information obtained to guide instruction
look at the results of the interactive slides – describe how you used the information obtained to guide future instruction
look at the results of the exit ticket or quiz and how will this guide remediation/enrichment
Attach screenshots of reports to substantiate your findings and invite me to share as a teacher. Share to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact email@example.com