Nearpod in the Classroom
Nearpod is an interactive presentation and assessment tool that can be very beneficial in the classroom. The app allows teachers create polls, quizzes, videos, drawing boards etc. The process of using Nearpod is simple; students can access the teacher’s presentation by typing in a specific code given by the teacher. The teacher can then use his/her device to move through the presentation. Below, I have listed several ways Nearpod can be used in the classroom:
- Presentation: Nearpod can be used to replace other presentation tools such as PowerPoint. The presentation can be streamed to every students tablet or computer in the classroom
- Live and Formative Assessment: Teachers can use Nearpod to create quizzes that can be used for assessment. Each student types in his or her name before taking the quiz, this allows the teacher to keep track of every students understanding.
Ongoing Assessment: Once students complete a quiz, Nearpod
automatically creates a report on the data. Teachers are then able to access
this report and download it. This makes marking simple (aka, Nearpod marks for
- Self-Assessment: Children are able to assess themselves. Teachers can create a poll with self-evaluating questions for each student to answer and submit. Once again, the results are saved for the teacher to view and download.
- Modeling: The app has a feature called ‘Draw It’ that can be used during
presentations. This app turns the students’ tablets into an interactive
whiteboard. Once all of the students have completed their drawings, the
drawings are all displayed on the teacher’s iPad where he or she can then share
the drawings with the rest of the class (on their tablets).
- Homework: Students can also use Nearpod on their own time. Teachers can
provide a homework code that allows them to access pre-made presentations
outside of school.
The video below is a short Nearpod testimonial, enjoy!
References: 10 ways of using Nearpod in the Classroom. (2014). Retrieved June 08, 2016, from http://www.learninginspired.com/10-ways-of-using-nearpod-in-the-classroom.