NearPod: Going Beyond PowerPoint to Engage

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As educators, you can’t deny the shift that is happening in education. Kids learn differently so we have to teach differently to reach their learning styles! We have to evolve with education or risk losing our student’s attention. However, what hasn’t changed is the time that teachers have to research to find the tools they need to update their “teacher tool kits.” So I hope you find this new tool useful to add to your resources!

PowerPoint had it’s day, but it’s time to take it to the next level and make it interactive! Having your students interact during a presentation will help keep them engaged and drive your percentages higher for students who master the lesson objective. The tool that will help you achieve this is called NearPod!

You can create slide presentations from scratch or pull from their existing library of designed templates, but what’s really exciting about NearPod is that you can incorporate polls, quizzes and multimedia into the presentation to assess them throughout the lesson. You can even take your old PowerPoint slides and ¬†upload them into NearPod.

How it works:
*The teacher launches a live session that pushes out a code for students to join.

*Using any device, laptop or computer, students can join the session and watch as the teacher goes through the presentation

*When a website, poll or anything interactive comes up on the screen, the students only have as much time as the teacher allows until the teacher advances to the next slide. This keeps the students on task and where the teacher wants them in the lesson.

*On interactive slides such as the quiz, website, poll or draw it feature, the teacher can only see what individual students are answering, and can share out, anonymously, to the class to show student work or to re-teach. This is my favorite feature!

NearPod is a very easy to use tool for any non-techy teacher and those techy teachers out there will appreciate these features as well. One of the teachers on my campus does not have a projector, so this was a great solution for her because she wouldn’t have had a way to present to her students, otherwise. There are a lot of ways NearPod can be a solution to a problem. How do you see using this tool in your classroom or school?

Resources to get you started:
Nearpod.com
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nearpod/id523540409?mt=8
http://www.appsinclass.com/nearpod.html

Written by Kimberly Munoz
Instructional Technologist for Franklin ISD
15 years prior teaching experience
@techmunoz–connect with me

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