Would you like to hold your classroom at full attention with an interactive presentation?
In the most basic sense, Nearpod is a substitute for traditional presentation tools like PowerPoint or Keynote. However, it has a multitude of features that make it so much more than a traditional presentation tool.
When you create a presentation on Nearpod, you can project it onto any devices your students might have. This makes Nearpod an ideal tool for anyone using mobile devices in the classroom, especially those fortunate to be in a classroom with a 1:1 ratio of student to technology device. Students sign into Nearpod by entering your unique presentation code, and then you'll guide them through the presentation step by step.
Along with the traditional slides and informational text, you can also embed questions, quizes, polls, and other interactive components into the presentation itself. This keeps students interested and allows you to run your own formative assessment component during the live presentation. It's the perfect way to gauge if your students are following the material, or if you need to slow down and review part of the material again.
Because presentations don't have to be live, you can also allow students to go through the material on their own time. This is perfect for students who missed material, or for setting review assignments. Of course, this makes a great flipped classroom tool. Nearpod allows students to review presentations at their own pace on their computer, tablet, or mobile device at home.
Have you used Nearpod in your classroom? Share your experiences in a comment on this article.
Kimber Thompson is a Lead Moderator for SimpleK12 webinars and a Contributing Editor for SimpleK12.com. She writes frequently about education topics, and is passionate about tools and techniques that inspire young learners. You may reach her with ideas and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.