Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Why Nearpod is an App You Will Love

If you haven't discovered Nearpod yet, your students might be missing out on some great teacher-student collaboration opportunities. Nearpod is a web 2.0 tool that allows you to push a presentation to your students and keep them on the same screen with you. It has amazing potential both as a presentation tool and an assessment tool, as you can embed polls and other formative assessment tools throughout the presentation.Your students can respond to a prompt by drawing or writing the answer to a question, you (and only you) can see in real time the answers that your students provide, giving you instant feedback on formative assessment. Additionally, you can choose to anonymously show a student's work as an exemplar to the rest of the class.

In addition to making an in-class presentation more interactive, Nearpod also allows your students to view a presentation for homework or as a review. Nearpod is "device agnostic," meaning that it works flawlessly on any device a student might use - iOS or Android phone or tablet, laptop, desktop, Chromebook, etc. There is a paid version, but the free version will give you plenty of options.

Below are some sites and videos to help you get started. Check out Nearpod today!

Nearpod Getting Started Guide

10 Ways to Use Nearpod in the Classroom

Nearpod Instructional Videos Playlist

Nearpod and Google Classroom Integration:

Happy Nearpod'ing! As always, feel free to contact one of your friendly Instructional Technology Specialists if you have any questions about this fantastic tool.

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