What is Nearpod?
Laura Girard and Becky Mathews, GCPS eCLASS Instructional Specialists, wrote this introduction to Nearpod
Nearpod is a cool free tool that can be used for for presenting content, checking for understanding, and increasing student engagement. Teachers can search for already created lessons or create their own lessons that include content slides, videos, links to websites, quizzes, polls, images, drawing, and so much more. Students can join a Nearpod session on a device to learn, interact, and show understanding. Teachers can control Nearpod for class presentations or assign the Nearpod so that students can move through the presentation and interact at their own pace. After presentations are completed, teachers are able to access detailed reports about student progress.
Why should I use Nearpod?
Today’s children are digital learners. They have grown up with more access to devices than ever before. Technology is naturally engaging for them. Why not harness that power and use it to your advantage? Students who participate in Nearpod lessons see and interact with presentations on a device that is right in front of them. No more trying to see the screen from the back of the room or complaining because someone is in the way! With Nearpod, every student can not only easily see what is being taught, but they can also interact with lessons to maintain engagement.
How does it work?
There are two main ways to present information with Nearpod.
What can my interactive Nearpod lesson include?
How can I use Nearpod with my students?
What kind of data will Nearpod give me?
In Progress Data
As students respond during teacher directed lessons, teachers can see and share anonymous student responses. This allows teachers to check for understanding as the lesson progresses. Teachers can also use this information to identify when they need to clarify topics further or stretch students to a deeper level of understanding.
End of Lesson Data
At the end of each Nearpod lesson, teachers can get a report that shows student progress. Here are a some things that you can find in reports.
- Percent of student participation
- Percent of correct correct/incorrect/no answer in quizzes
- Student answers to open ended questions
- Student answers to quizzes, indicating correct/incorrect answers
- Pictures of student drawings
- Link to Collaborate Board so the Nearpod lesson can be shared with other teachers
Nearpod in Action
10 Ways to use Nearpod in the Classroom. Nearpod Blog, 4 August 2015, https://blog.nearpod.com/10-ways-to-use-nearpod-in-the-classroom/ Accessed 20 April 2017.
5 Ways Nearpod Transformed My Teaching by Monica Burns. Nearpod Blog, 23 March 2017, https://blog.nearpod.com/5-ways-nearpod-transformed-my-teaching-by-monica-burns/, Accessed 20 April 2017.
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Field Notes Week 3: Unpacking Ideas: 8 Ways to Use Nearpod Collaborate! TODAY!. Nearpod Blog, 2 March 2017, https://blog.nearpod.com/field-notes-week-3-unpacking-ideas-8-ways-to-use-nearpod-collaborate-today/, Accessed 20 April 2017.
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How it works. Nearpod Blog, https://nearpod.com/how-it-works, Accessed 20 April 2017.
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Learner Competencies. Rocky View Schools, 2017, http://www.rockyview.ab.ca/21stC/learning/competencies, Accessed 20 April 2017.
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