Unit 3 NearPod


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Guiding Questions

What methods of virtual collaboration does this system provide? How can you link NearPod to a zoom meeting with students? How can this system increase student engagement as well as collaboration?

Why should I use NearPod in my classroom?

"Nearpod, a cloud-based application, allows instructors the chance to create robust presentations on the fly in an easy-to-learn interface. The audience can view the presentation with any device, along with the presenter or have it self-paced, and interact during the lesson via activities"(Eatherton,2017)

"Nearpod provides lots of options to allow you to shift from lecture to individual or group activities and encourage students to create and co-teach"(Eatherton,2017)

"Students can complete self paced lessons from anywhere and with any device—computer, phone, or tablet—or platform—iOS or Android—which permits a plethora of instructional approaches and classroom configurations"(Eatherton,2017)

"Nearpod contains many tools to make lessons interactive, including open-ended questions, polls, quizzes, fill-in-the-blanks, memory test activities, and a Draw It tool that allows students to answer a question with words or by drawing an object"(Eatherton,2017)

"In addition, Nearpod has a new tool called virtual field trips. The instructor can embed famous areas in a “Google Street View”– like map display, where students can explore a place virtually with 360-degree views"(Eatherton,2017)

How can this be implemented into a secondary level classroom?

Nearpod is a free source available for all educators. Nearpod allows for educators to create engaging lectures. These lessons can be conducted as a class or as an individual. This is a great resource to use in the classroom to differentiate instruction as students can learn at their own pace. When you create a nearpod you can add many things, like collaboration boards, discussion boards, videos and even games. In the next section, I will provide you with an example that you can participate in. This was used in my own classroom and was a successful learning experience for all students.

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How to create a Nearpod

Please watch the following video to learn more about how to create a nearpod. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hMarb1E7H0

Click on the provided image to see what features nearpod can provide.

Example of a NearPod

This example will be done using the student paced setting. You can also create nearpods that can be conducted with the whole class. Nearpod also has the option to link the nearpod with a zoom meeting which is great for educators who are teaching students who are virtual. Here is a video on how to link a nearpod with a zoom meeting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G25DWl2OOOQ

Use the link below to access a Nearpod based on the cattle kingdom https://share.nearpod.com/vsph/x0V1v70tNu


Create a free account through Nearpod. Try to create a Nearpod and include the following parts. Link your Nearpod to the google doc provided so that all participants can explore all the created Nearpods. Reflect on your own classroom. Do you think that you could use a Nearpod in your own classroom?

Link to the google doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rC0S5hCpDrBp35DKTGwdkitZ4FmTPhCAxIoR7mSWgZg/edit

Additional Videos

Here you will find more links to videos providing more information about Nearpod.

How to use NearPod for remote teaching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSIZX8RxoOQ

How to use Nearpod for math: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G25DWl2OOOQ

Formative Assessment though NearPod: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G25DWl2OOOQ


Eatherton, T. (2017). Technology Treasures. Techniques: Connecting Education & Careers, 92(6), 12–13.

Next step

Follow the link to the last unit of this mini course Unit 4 Final Project