How I Use It
If you have a classroom set of iPads then you need to check this app out. What happens.... the teacher is able to control all the iPads and send out slideshows for the students to view, videos to watch, questions to ask, pictures to draw, short quizzes and much more! Student work from the lesson can be emailed to yourself to use for assessments. Quizzes are recorded in a pie chart or graph, which can be emailed instantly for records. I used this app for my teacher evaluation showing how I can use technology in my classroom. The principal was impressed! It is the future to direct teacher instruction. It can be scary to try, but just go for it. The students went with the flow of my own learning. I started trying it with a small group in an after school tutoring group, then moved it to my whole group instruction. Nearpod has a library of lessons teachers can download. The lessons are focused mostly for 3rd grade and higher. I teach 2nd grade, but I was able to find some lessons that worked for my goals and Common Core Standards. To help with classroom management during the lessons, I had students have access to note paper or a journal to take notes about what they were learning during the waiting time. Sometimes the students have to wait for peers to finish drawing their understanding of the concept or take the quizzes, so this is an extension to the waiting. I also had students work with buddies to create collaboration with the learning process. Buddy work helped ELL and Special needs students to achieve. The next step for my own professional learning is finding the time to learn how to create my own lessons, which can be used for years.
Using a class set of iPads, students are engaged individually and yet guided through a whole group lesson. Those students who are distracted in a traditional lecture and individual practice will love this new way of teaching. To prepare students for future digital testing and activities, Nearpod is an app that helps move your students closer to learning how to work on a tablet devise through typing, drawing, and creating. If your internet is slow it takes time to load the program to a whole set of iPads, so I suggest having your students upload the program while working on something else to help with dealing with classroom management especially if you are using it for an evaluation lesson. Time will be wasted if they are sitting there waiting for their peers' iPads to get set up. It is not a big deal, but part of using technology. I don't have the time to create my own lessons on Nearpod, so I hope I can find more lessons in their library for students in 1st and 2nd grade.