Monday, July 2, 2012

@Nearpod: Teaching Smarter with iPads



Nearpod: the iPad Teacher's must have tool

I've been meaning to post about Nearpod for a few weeks; however, with the ISTE conference and arranging my recent give-away (thanks Nearpod for supporting), I've been a bit swamped.  I knew I had to make this post a priority today because sharing great resources are too good to postpone.

Prior to traveling to San Diego, I had the pleasure of sitting down with one of the developers and founders, Guido Kovalskys.  After chatting for over an hour, it was very clear to see his passion for his product.  More so, it was refreshing to observe how interested he was in my opinion of his site/app.  Of course, he didn't care what "Erin Klein" thought but rather the thoughts and opinions of a classroom teacher who integrates technology into her classroom.  As I stated during my Ignite presentation at ISTE, I appreciate companies that seek out the voice of the teacher to build their platform.

You can view a segment of our interview below:





What is Nearpod?

Nearpod is a free app you can download to your iPad.  There are 2 free apps: a teacher app and a student app.  Once the apps are downloaded, the teacher can begin creating his or her presentations.  If you'd prefer, you can import your existing PowerPoints, etc. 

The teacher shares a unique Pin (sign in code) with the class.  This gives the user(s) access to the specific presentation/lecture/lesson.  Now, all devices are synced!  The teacher 'drives' the lesson by advancing slides while the student has the freedom to interact with the content on each slide as it's displayed.  I love that I can put the content directly into the hands of each of my students - no matter the seating location within the classroom.  

Teachers can host assessments in real time using the same process.  As students begin to answer in a safe, private manner, the results are automatically displayed to the teacher's device.  The teacher has the option to share individual results with specific students or whole class results (with names removed) so that deeper discussion can occur among the group.

A brief demonstration of Nearpod:




How does Nearpod work?

I encourage you to click here and connect with the Nearpod YouTube Channel for additional videos and information, and click here to connect with Nearpod on Vimeo.  There are different videos on each channel.  Additionally, you can follow their blog and join them on Facebook by clicking here.


Teachers can create questions or display content as they develop each lesson.

The app allows students to use the slides as interactive white boards to answer questions.



Once students select 'submit,' their answer is sent to the teacher's device.

In real time, teachers can see exactly who has yet to submit an answer.  This way, additional instruction can be given to guide that learner.  Teachers can also select an individual's response and export it to each student device so that discussion can occur regarding a specific answer.

Additionally, the teacher can view each slide of the lesson in the bottom of the presentation.

Notice the 'green' student icon at the top of this image: when a student navigates away from the lesson, the icon turns to red.  This notifies the teacher that someone is no longer participating.  This is, however, an option.  Sometimes a teacher may want a student to navigate away from the lesson to further their learning on the Internet or within another application.


Results can be shared with individuals in real time.  Feedback is automatic.


Teachers receive itemized results for each student - very helpful to determine points for re-teaching.

Not only can teachers import quizzes, they can add the following to each lesson:

  • content
  • polls
  • quizzes
  • questions and answers
  • videos
  • draw - it


Teachers can identify who is interacting with the lesson and who has left the app.

Nearpod

an all in one solution for the synchronized use of iPads in the classroom
Teacher
Student
"Make your lessons more engaging through interactive, multimedia presentation."



8 comments:

  1. I LOVE this! I'll definitely look into it. Emailed one of the YouTube videos to my IT director at my school just now. Hopefully we can get it on our iPad cart! Thank you for introducing me to this new app!

    Sarah
    Miss A's Kindergarten

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  2. Sarah,

    Thanks so much for your comment.

    I hope you're able to add Nearpod to your cart - it's free!

    Thanks again,

    Erin

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  3. Erin,
    I started to look into Nearpod in June, but had problems with connectivity. You have inspired me to look closer at Nearpod because it is an amazing tool. I am sure my wonderful IT guys can solve my problems (well, at least my connectivity problems :)
    Camille
    An Open Door

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  4. I have a surprise for you... I'm awarding you the Versatile Blogger Award! Come on over to pick up your award. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
    :0) Melissa
    moretime2teach.blogspot.com

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  5. Camille,

    I know they've been working on the platform a lot. I am confident it should be better for you all. If not, contact the company. They're great about responding. :)

    Thanks,

    Erin

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  6. Wow! Clickers and iPad use in one. I am impressed! Thanks for sharing!

    Now all I need are grant funds for a class set of iPads any suggestions?
    ~Lorna

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  7. Lorna,

    Thank you for your feedback! :)

    Pretty amazing tool, right?

    As far as grants, ask your local ISD. That is where I've had the most luck.

    You can also set up an account through Donor's Choose. I know many teachers who have received a lot of donations.

    http://www.donorschoose.org/

    Best of luck,

    Erin

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