Being an Educator myself, I know we are always looking for ways to create fun and engaging lessons and assessments. Nearly all classrooms are now engaged in a blended learning lifestyle, most assessments are done with some sort of device, and lessons/ homework can now be completed with out the use of pencil and paper.
A very integrated teaching tool that I have learned about and am gradually advancing in, is Nearpod. I could not be more passionate about utilizing this resource and making the most out of it. In fact I am so passionate about Nearpod, that I even presented a seminar on it at Utah’s biggest tech conference, UCET (Utah Coalition for Educational Technology) back in March 2018. For any of you who will be attending UCET 2019, I will be presenting on Nearpod again, but this time it will be about the processes of becoming a Nearpod Certified Educator/ Trainer, which is what I am so close to achieving myself.
If you haven’t seen or heard about Nearpod, you can check it out at:
The school district I work with right now, was amazing enough to by a district account, allowing all educators within our district to have the highest membership with Nearpod. The free membership is limited, but I suggest using it as a trial and test run. If you decide you would love to use this tool within your classroom, there are so many amazing grants out there that allow you to write a grant for software and technology. I know plenty of teachers who wrote grants for a Nearpod membership, and they do not regret it at all.
For Nearpod membership packages and pricing. CLICK HERE
When creating a new lesson, you will have to add slides in order to add content. When selecting the “add slide” icon, it gives you three options, “add content”, “add web content”, or “add activity”. When you select any one of those icons that I just mentioned, a sub category of activities will pop up.
- Power Point Slides
- Nearpod 3D objects
- PHET Simulations
- VR Field Trips
- BBC Videos
- PDF Viewer
- Live Twitter Feed
: ADD WEB CONTENT
- Open ended question
- Matching Pairs
- Draw it
- Fill in the blanks
- Memory Test
I have been coaching teachers through Nearpod for a couple of years now, and they love integrating Nearpod lessons into their day. It gives the teachers two options; if they want students to go through the lesson at students own pace, or if they want to go through it together as a class in live lesson mode. A lot of students don’t even recognize that they are being assessed in general knowledge of the content because the activities used to complete these assessments are actually fun for the students. You can quiz a student on geography by having them draw location of states, countries, or continents. You can practice spelling by creating sentences with “Fill in the blank” and having them enter in the correct spelling word. The options and opportunities are endless when you use Nearpod. And when you are done with your lesson, you can even generate an assessment report of all your students progress. You can even download the file and use it for parent teacher conferences.