There are many different ways to utilize a 1 to 1 program directly in your classroom. You can have students working on projects, collaborating with others or actually following along on your lesson/presentation right on their own device.
Nearpod is an application that allows you to broad cast your presentation on multiple devices at the same time.
Nearpod will work on multiple devices: netbooks, Macs, iPod/iPads and even some smartphones.
To get started – you will need to sign up for FREE account.
Once you have created an account you can begin creating a presentation/lesson to share with your students.
Click on New Presentation and choose from the following:
- Start from scratch
- Upload a file (PDF or PowerPoint) that you have created in PowerPoint
- Link your Dropbox account and upload a file from there
When creating from scratch you can add many neat features:
When adding a New Slide you can put text, audio and/or images.
**If you choose to add a video it must be one you have created. In order to input a website (YouTube) you have to upgrade your subscription.
When finished you must publish your NearPod in order to share it. Click on Save and then it will prompt you to publish. Once you are ready to share – click on Engage at the top of your screen. You can share the link via e-mail or choose to go live and give students the PIN number located at the top right of your live screen:
Your students will then visit Nearpod from their device (if iPad/iPod, smart phone – they can download the app). On their device they will choose to join a session and use the PIN you gave them. Your presentation will then show up on their device and as you proceed through the presentation it will advance for them. The presentation will only advance when you choose, students cannot advance the presentation.
With Nearpod – learning can be individualized, unique and fun. Students can answer questions: polls/quizzes and answers will show up only for you. Students will be asked to submit their name soon after you being the presentation. They will be able to interact with your presentation, if you choose for them too.
Other applications that allow similar tools are Google Presentations and Zoho Presentations. Each offer a broadcast option for the files you create or upload. Students are able to view the presentation on their device but not interact. Nearpod’s feature of interaction make it a much more interactive and attractive tool to utilize in a 1 to 1 classroom environment.
I see this tool being open to multiple subject areas as because Nearpod has the draw feature within their Create from Scratch.
How do you think you could put Nearpod to use for you? Do you think it would be good to ask open ended questions?