Exploring Nearpod

Today you experienced Nearpod. Share your thoughts about this experience. Which level of the SAMR model did we manage to reach? To what extent were you engaged in higher level thinking? List 3 free lessons that you found, that you could possibly incorporate into your curriculum.

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27 thoughts on “Exploring Nearpod

  1. I think we managed to reach redefinition which is technology allows creation of new task, previously inconceivable. I was really impressed with how much I enjoyed the lesson and I wanted to be engaged, no effort needed from me to be engaged, I can’t help but be engaged. I have my own device on my hand, I get to see pictures, I get to read and I am actually looking forward to the questions that I will be asked next. I was engaged in higher level thinking when we were asked the questions of would you rather and we were told that we need to have a reason to defend our choice. So there was actually no way I could just choose an answer for the sake of choosing it. I also do not have to worry if I don’t feel comfortable sharing certain things, or if I might appear stupid because I gave the wrong answer as I know only my teacher know what answer I gave and she will not call out on me unless I volunteered! It’s a really safe, fun and engaging learning environment that I have experienced and I want my students to do the same. Side note: I want to really start looking for ways to bring tablets and internet connection into my class! There is no way I am going to let my students be “robbed” of this fun, safe and engaging learning experience.
    The 3 free lessons that I have found:
    1) Predators and Prey – https://share.nearpod.com/vsph/QNBbA1RkNA
    I would use this Nearpod when I am introducing Predators and Prey when I am teaching Chapter 4 Interdependence Among Living Organisms and the Environment. I especially like how this nearpod asked students to draw what they think a predator and/or prey will look like. Knowing my students, I know they will really appreciate that!
    2) The Water Cycle – https://share.nearpod.com/vsph/KmfyuvXkNA
    I would use this one for my Science class as an introduction to Chapter 5 Water and Solution. Students would have had some background knowledge on this, however in the past I found majority of my students needed me to review them before I could move on. This Nearpod would be perfect for that.
    3) Work and Energy – https://share.nearpod.com/vsph/RObPAhZlNA
    I would use this one for my Science class for Chapter 7 Dynamics. However, I will edit this Nearpod and take out slides 15 to 19 because those are not in the scope of my syllabus in Malaysia.

  2. I like working with nearpod because I think it is a great way to differentiate instruction while assessing students success throughout the lesson. I also enjoy that the learning is through different types of activities using technology because that will really appeal to younger students. In my opinion nearpod allows for teaching to be done through the redefinition level of SAMR. Students get to learn content through a different method with would have been impossible without technology being involved. Using nearpod it was almost like learning through games instead of lecture which allows students to be more engaged and involved. Nearpod also allows for students to relate and express the 4c’s of learning.

    some lesson examples that I found are:
    https://nearpod.com/s/general/kindergarten/brainbreak-grades-k1-easy-day-1-L32362954
    I could use that lesson with my advanced preschoolers as a review for kindergarten knowledge that they are expected to have some prior knowledge about

    https://nearpod.com/s/math/1st-grade/grade-one-can-tell-time-L31800354
    This could be another lesson that I could use with my preschoolers because we try and give them the basic understanding of how to tell time using analog and digital clocks before they advance to kindergarten.

    https://nearpod.com/s/health/4th-grade/emergencies-grades-46-L2171064
    I really liked this lesson because it was all about emergencies. Even though this could be slightly challenging to preschoolers, it would be a good group or entire class activity to complete together.

  3. Today, while before using near pod, I was reluctantly thinking, my God. Why another program. This is probably going to be something stupid that I would have to be creative to include into my classroom activities. When we got the IPod, logged in, and started using Near pod, I was excited like no tomorrow. This was so much better than sliced bread. I think the experience made me more comfortable using this product into my lesson. I am praying that I can get into a classroom that has the iPod so that we can do this. Or even computers that I can be with my students. I can literally test them as we go along, in which would improve grades. The best thing is, I don’t have to do the grading. It is all done for me. All I must do is put it in the gradebook. I can also keep my kids on task with this product. By moving the pages for them pushing them along. This will help if you have a student that has a mind that wonders. I am thinking I can use this product in any of my classes. In fact, when I go do my student teaching, I am hoping to incorporate this into it. Considering the program even further, I can use the math, social studies, and science lessons that they have already pre-programed into the system. This would make my life as an educator even better. As far as the SAMR model, I feel that we are on the transformation part of the model. Either modification or redefinition. The product is there, it just has to be implicated.

    1. I have to agree with you James when it comes to grading, Nearpod has a function where we can click ‘report’ and see students progress. The best thing about that feature is teacher can students’ results and performance by either choosing to expose their names or hide their names. In that way, students will feel not feel embarrassed with their performance and eventually will enjoy the lesson. Other than that, students can like their friends’ comments so teacher can use that to promote participation in the classroom by having a competition of who gets the most likes for comments.

  4. Nearpod is interesting because it is an interactive presentation and assessment tool. In the classroom, I was able to see its potential as the next best tool to be used in my lesson. The usual Microsoft Powerpoint Presentation and Kahoot! are both useful but they lack something . However, Nearpod offers what they lack – collaboration and integration of other web content and interesting features such as poll, open-ended response, drawing board and videos. When technology and pedagogy are integrated in a lesson, it is going to be more effective.

    The quiz about super powers shows how a simple quiz can make everyone think critically of their choices. This shows that Nearpod can be used promote critical thinking. Another question about the two options of whether we want to see the future and change the past have really made everyone think. One can simply answer any of the two options without thinking but everyone took a few minutes to really make a good choice because the question was meaningful. Some were sad when they thought about past event that they wished they could have change while some have a positive outlook of the future. Regardless of our choices, we feel responsible and can relate to the question.

    I believe I can apply this in my lesson. The following day after our MIDL 321 class, I had the opportunity to share about my country in one of the classes during my field experience using nearpod. The first activity that I did was asking students to fill in a simple poll. The question was “have you heard about Malaysia?’ and the second question was “Do you think it is important to learn about other countries?” Students took some time to make their choices and during discussion, they gave their opinions about it. It is interesting to see that students really think about their reasons for the question.

    The second activity that I did in nearpod was the web content feature, I linked a youtube video about Malaysia and students were able to watch it from their own chrome book. This visual was able to catch all of their attention to the clip they were able to write a feedback about my country based on the video..

    My third activity was asking students to collaborate by giving their opinions about their choice. “If you have the opportunity to travel around the world for free, would you visit Malaysia and why?” Every student wrote a short response and everyone get to see their friends’ responses without knowing who wrote the response because I was able to click the hide students’ name button. In the end, all of them combined their responses and produced one paragraph of response. .

    I believe that 3 of the 4 levels inSMAR model were integrated during my lesson. The first level of Substitution was used when I simply made a powerpoint presentation on ‘add a slide’ feature about Malaysia. This is only a substitution of the traditional powerpoint presentation into another website with similar feature. Secondly, Augmentation was incorporated in nearpod when my students were able to leave their comments in nearpod based on the questions given to them. Next, modification is a significant task as the students worked on their response and edit their work together and form a paragraph. Since the lesson was my first trial of using nearpod, I feel that there are other areas that i can improve. The only level that I have yet to integrate is redefinition. I hope that I will find a way to incorporate redefinition by finding something that used to be inconceivable into something creative and new in my lesson. Overall, nearpod is a platform that every educator should try to incorporate in their lesson.

    1. Calvin, how nice are your impressions about Nearpod. I wish you can be able to apply it in your teaching practice so, you and your students will be engaged in going far beyond traditional teaching. Congrats!

  5. Nearpod’s experience at your class was an amazing one. Personally, that was my first time to ever try Nearpod and you made me see how both the learning and teaching processes can be fun, productive and amazing. It is incredible to discover different web tools that can make our teaching much easier than what we ever might have expected, and Nearpod is assuredly one of the amazingly facilitating tools that heighten interaction in our classrooms. During that session, I believe that our use of the web tool ranged between modification and augmentation, I can not state with much confidence that we reached the redefinition stage especially that we did not create or really come up with something new; the product was already there and all that was done is modifying some tasks and also redesigning others.

    Here are some links that I personally find very useful and beneficial for my students:

    https://share.nearpod.com/vsph/PKITEMOaPz
    https://share.nearpod.com/vsph/gQmfdpZ6Oz
    https://share.nearpod.com/vsph/ObpUar56Oz

  6. The first experience I had with Nearpod during a technology day at Indiana high school, but I was somehow reluctant to its use inside the classroom because I had a feeling that it was overwhelming. Still during this session I enjoyed using Nearpod in classroom, it was amazing, I believe that was very useful as a method to teach by technology. In science, we can use Nearpod to help our students learn about many topics; classification of plants, reproduction, metabolism in biochemistry…that will be very beneficial especially with differentiated instructions to help students respond to questions depending on their levels or differences in absorbing information. During the last session, I truly believe that we reached both stages: Modification and Augmentation. My belief stems from the absence of creating something new all what we had to do is to respond to already designed tasks.

    Here are the links I find practical and useful for my students:
    https://share.nearpod.com/vsph/aFg8n9obPz
    https://share.nearpod.com/vsph/dqbVxql6Oz
    https://share.nearpod.com/vsph/RBVytpkqPz

  7. My first time experienced with nearpod was very enriching and interesting because it is a combination of a presentation, collaboration and real-time assessment integrated into one. I really enjoyed engaging in the activity, how much more with the students. The thrilling part of the assessment was am scared if my name would be posted with a wrong answer. The good thing was the results can be shared in the class in an anonymous way. That feels better I guess. The real-time assessment was quite cool because you can give feedback right away and show the percentage performance of the class.

    With the nearpod experienced, I could say that we reached the four levels of SAMR. Substitution because we used technology as a tool to manage the flow of our lecture. We substitute powerpoint slides into a better presentation. Augmentation because we reinforce the learning of our students through engaging activities prepared in nearpod. Modification in the sense that it is no longer one- way static presentation in the class but engaging our students to interact with a built- in presentation with quizzes, collaboration activities, submit responses and real-time assessment. Redefinition because it is a new break from content dissemination wherein students interact using their phones and tablets at the same time the teacher who made the presentation can publish and share it with our fellow educators across the globe.

    Nearpod is created to enhance students’ comprehension and gain feedback. Through open-ended questions we allow our students to think critically and focused on deciding what to believe or do. Being able to think and give a sound reason means we apply knowledge and have meaningful learning. The other formative assessments too are of big help in achieving better performance of our students.

    The 3 lessons that I found free and useful are: Mass, Distance and Gravity, Cell Organelles with 3D and Water Cycle.

      1. My first time experienced with nearpod was very enriching and interesting because it is a combination of a presentation, collaboration and real-time assessment integrated into one. I really enjoyed engaging in the activity, how much more with the students. The thrilling part with the assessments was am scared if my name would be posted with a wrong answer. The good thing was the results can be shared in the class in an anonymous way. That feels better I guess. The real-time assessment was quite cool because you can give feedback right away and show the percentage performance of the class.

        With the nearpod experienced, I could say that we reached the four levels of SAMR. Substitution because we used technology as a tool to manage the flow of our lecture. We substitute powerpoint slides into a better presentation. Augmentation because we reinforce the learning of our students through engaging activities prepared in nearpod. Modification in the sense that it is no longer one-way static presentation in the class but engaging our students to interact through a built-in presentation with quizzes, collaboration activities, submit responses and real-time assessment. Redefinition because it is a new break from content dissemination wherein students interact using their phones and tablets at the same time the teacher who made the presentation can publish and share it with fellow educators across the globe.

        Nearpod is created to enhance students’ comprehension and gain feedback. Through open-ended questions we allow our students to think critically and focused on deciding what to believe or do. Being able to think and give a sound reason means we apply knowledge and have meaningful learning. The other formative assessments too are of big help in achieving better performance of our students.

        The 3 lessons that I found free and useful are: Mass, Distance and Gravity, Cell Organelles with 3D and Mitigating Climate Change.

        https://nearpod.com/s/science/6th-grade/mass-distance-and-gravity-L2364975
        https://nearpod.com/s/science/11th-grade/cell-organelles-with-3d-L33990012
        https://nearpod.com/s/science/8th-grade/mitigating-climate-change-L32922652

  8. The first experience I had with Nearpod during a technology day at Indiana high school, but I was somehow reluctant to its use inside the classroom because I had a feeling that it was overwhelming. Still during this session I enjoyed using Nearpod in classroom, it was amazing, I believe that was very useful as a method to teach by technology. In science, we can use Nearpod to help our students learn about many topics; classification of plants, reproduction, metabolism in biochemistry…that will be very beneficial especially with differentiated instructions to help students respond to questions depending on their levels or differences in absorbing information. During the last session, I truly believe that we reached both stages: Modification and Augmentation. My belief stems from the absence of creating something new all what we had to do is to respond to already designed tasks.

    Here are the links I find practical and useful for my students:
    https://share.nearpod.com/vsph/aFg8n9obPz
    https://share.nearpod.com/vsph/dqbVxql6Oz
    https://share.nearpod.com/vsph/RBVytpkqPz

  9. I have already tried using nearpod in my classroom presentations. It was only more than a month since I heard about nearpod, but I now feel comfortable using it. It has many features that can help teachers and students interact in the classroom or even outside the classroom. Teachers can create their own lessons and share with others, or they can also adopt ready-made lessons from other teachers. Students, on the other hand can interact with their classmates or with the teacher. They can control or manipulate the activities on their own. Nearpod is not only used for discussing the lesson, it can also be used to assess or diagnose students knowledge about the lesson.

    In the sample lesson using nearpod that we did in class, substitution, augmentation and modification were achieved. Substitution is evident in the use of the slides as a means of lecture visual aids. Before, we used to write these lecture notes on the board or on paper then we post them on the board. Using slides in presenting these lecture notes does not show any significant change in the teaching and learning. Augmentation is seen in giving quiz without the use of pen and paper. The teacher receives immediate feedback and she doesn’t have to collect and check quiz papers; hence we can see here a functional benefit. Showing the pictures of turtles and giving a virtual field trip on the natural habitat of the turtles show Modification.

    I find nearpod OZY magazine ELA lessons interesting. These are content-based lessons that can be used in teaching ELA. I can imagine my students engrossed with these lessons. I’m excited to share nearpod with my colleagues.

  10. When exploring Nearpod, I could observe that there are a lot of free lessons which can be applied in my classes. I teach English as Foreign Language in my country. The Nearpod lessons that called my attention as an English teacher are not only about teaching language structures, but teaching English as integrated content. I found some interesting lessons that can give me the opportunity to go far beyond merely lessons and trigger my students on going on a tour around the world; furthermore, we can also learn English through a Financial Literacy, Science or a Social Study lesson. I really enjoyed it and for the students it must be much more interesting as they can act directly during the class. There are a lot of good samples, now, my individual challenge is to hone my abilities on how to create a lesson based on my school background to introduce Nearpod to my students and to my fellow teachers in my place. My PDM group has chosen it to enhance our teaching practice so, we will prepare some workshops where the teachers will have the opportunity of knowing this interesting tool. Some bottlenecks will probably come, so, we have to be prepared to deal with them, one of our main weapon to overcome these possible bottlenecks, I believe, is to be very well prepared and trained with this tool. I hope we really have time for that while we are all together.

  11. 21st century is a digital era therefore teachers should find ways to use more frequently web 2.0 tools in their classroom to enhance the 4Cs in interactive classrooms. Nearpod is one of the most outstanding one for formative assessment. Last week, I experienced this tool for the first time and it was amazing how the activity was challenging and exciting. I was so focused because I thought it was a competition that I tried to take up the challenges through a critical thinking. One of the advantage of Nearpod is, teachers can assess students on the spot then grade for performance and give feedbacks. We can also list the opportunity for teachers to integrate games in their instructions; since we are teaching kids this web 2.0 tool allows us to entertain and educate students. It is on free and easy access if you have internet and students can use their devices such IPhones, Ipads or laptops. I have never thought of using such a practical tool in my classroom, so from now on I will be using the platforms and the samples in it.
    As far as the SAMR model is concerned, I think I reached the levels of Modification and Redefinition.
    From the samples, I hope to use the lessons: Past Tense Irregular Verbs, Complete Sentences and Female Pirates: Not a Myth. These lessons will enhance the critical thinking of the students while playing the game of quizzes and solving the problems. Also I will use the patterns to design my own lessons and activities.

  12. The Nearpod experience in the class room was really exciting as it provides plethora of opportunity to teacher and students to make
    teaching and learning so communicative. It provides teacher a platform to share and create limitless resources . To be honest all these tools are quite new to me and it takes time to get to know the real reach of the tool. Nearpod is no exception to it It will take a while for me to explore its actualisation in my teaching set up. But whatever I could gather from the class room activity, it has a wide potential to use in the class room to engage students in critical, communicative way. Secondally I feel it is also a very good tool to assessment of the learning. Teacher has lot of freedom and choice to use this tool with students in the class room, according to the demand of the situation. As for the SAMR model is concerned, depending upon the teaching requirement it could cater to the each state. For the class room activity I feel the Modification level was achieved.

  13. Well, my experience with the Nearpod has been good, I didn’t get much time to practice though. It is an integrated program which helps us to present, interact as well as in the assessment of the subjects. It is a wonderful tool that can be used by teachers to create, share and present their lessons. Teachers can put text, ask objective questions, play videos in these presentations and at the same time they can record the responses of the students and assess their understanding levels.

  14. Hello! Am sending again my comments together with the 3 links which I find it very useful in my class.

    My first time experienced with nearpod was very enriching and interesting because it is a combination of a presentation, collaboration and real-time assessment integrated into one. I really enjoyed engaging in the activity, how much more with the students. The thrilling part during in the assessment was am scared if my name would be posted with a wrong answer. The good thing was the results can be shared in the class in an anonymous way. That feels better I guess. The real-time assessment was quite cool because you can give feedback right away and show the percentage performance of the class.

    With the nearpod experienced, I could say that we reached the four levels of SAMR. Substitution because we used technology as a tool to manage the flow of our lecture. We substitute powerpoint slides into a better presentation. Augmentation because we reinforce the learning of our students through engaging activities prepared in nearpod. Modification in the sense that it is no longer one-way static presentation in the class but engaging our students to interact with a built-in presentation with quizzes, collaboration activities, submit responses and real-time assessment. Redefinition because it is a new break from content dissemination wherein students interact using their phones and tablets at the same time the teacher who made the presentation can publish and share it with fellow educators across the globe.

    Nearpod is created to enhance students’ comprehension and gain feedback. Through open-ended questions we allow our students to think critically and focused on deciding what to believe or do. Being able to think and give a sound reason means we apply knowledge and have meaningful learning. The other formative assessments too are of big help in achieving better performance of our students.

    The 3 lessons that I found free and useful are: Mass, Distance and Gravity, Cell Organelles with 3D and Mitigating Climate Change.

    https://nearpod.com/s/science/6th-grade/mass-distance-and-gravity-L2364975
    https://nearpod.com/s/science/11th-grade/cell-organelles-with-3d-L33990012
    https://nearpod.com/s/science/8th-grade/mitigating-climate-change-L32922652

  15. It is a wonderful tool that can be used by teachers to create, share and present their lessons. Teachers can put text, ask objective questions, play videos in these presentations and at the same time they can record the responses of the students and assess their understanding levels.

    Going through the Nearpod after a while, I have learnt that it is a wonderful tool to create an interactive multimedia presentation which would foster students’ engagement with the help of integration of different tools of “differentiated instruction”. Besides, it is an innovative tool to monitor and assess the performance of students in “real-time” which helps a teacher to modify strategies while on the go. One more wonderful advantages of Nearpod is that it helps a teacher to control the students’ activities during the teaching-learning session as the over-all control of the content of the presentation lies with the teacher. Moreover, its functionality is not limited to PCs/Laptops but can be used via mobile devices as well, which makes its application and usage in classes easy.
    Although all the levels of SAMR Model seem to be relevant but i thing it facilitates Modification stage as it helps in significant task re-designing. Helps in modifying the way we used presentations in our classrooms.
    The three Nearpod Lessons I would like to use in my classrooms are:
    1. Renewable Energy https://nearpod.com/s/science/8th-grade/whats-the-story-on-renewable-energy-L33284960
    2. Geometry https://nearpod.com/s/math/8th-grade/lines-taken-to-lines-L31687135
    3. Distance and Displacement https://nearpod.com/s/science/7th-grade/understanding-distance-and-displacement-L31523250

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  17. I loved working with Nearpod. This is such a fun and engaging site I had a hard time pulling myself away from it. I really liked how you can create lessons and also explore lessons that have already been created. I really appreciate teachers who will post their lessons online for other people to see because making a lesson can be hard! It’s nice to find inspiration in other educators work and that’s what makes this profession so great. All teachers want our students to succeed and we are willing to do anything for that to happen–even if it means sharing our lesson plans.
    https://nearpod.com/s/ela/6th-grade/the-critics-who-made-michael-jordan-L2428131
    I really enjoyed this lesson for a middle school classroom, especially for a 6th grader. Being in middle school is hard–there are a lot of new things happening and you are figuring out who you are. Michael Jordan is a household name and when students see that even someone as famous and successful as him has struggled, it will give them motivation to move forward.

    https://nearpod.com/s/social-studies/5th-grade/the-government-of-ancient-rome-L2131287
    Even though I intend on teaching English I really loved this social studies lesson. Ancient Rome was such an interesting time period and it might be hard to keep students interested in something like this but this lesson was very engaging

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