Friday, June 8, 2012

Nearpod is a hit!

Yesterday I taught a full day workshop on using iPads in the classroom. By far the favorite tools was Nearpod. Nearpod is an app for the iPad that lets a teacher create content online and push it out to student devices.

To start using Nearpod, visit the site www.nearpod.com and create a free account. Use images, videos, PDFs, and quizzes to create a Nearpod Presentation or use some of their already created lessons. The teacher will need to download the free teacher app onto his or her iPad. Students will need the free student app on their devices. The student app will work on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. These apps will soon be available in the Android Marketplace.

Teachers launch their lesson and the students connect to the teacher's lesson with a PIN number. The teacher device drives the lesson on the student devices. Students sign in with their name and their answers in the polls or quizzes are tracked to each student. At the end of a session the teacher can access the results in a spreadsheet for grading and documentation. Brilliant app!!!

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