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.

nearpodTo 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.

Your Challenge

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?



  1. Hi All,

    My name is Guido, and i am part of the Nearpod team.

    We are very flattered to see this post and the follow-up comments from this active community.

    For those of you that are becoming new users, please know that we regularly run two free WebinEars every week where we offer Nearpod training, advanced tips and the possibility to answer your questions live. You can register here:
    You can also reach out to [email protected] or tweet us @nearpodhelp with any questions or comments that you may have when setting up your accounts.

    Once you are familiar with our platform, we LOVE to receive feedback from teachers. Feedback is a rear gift for developers, and it is the only way we can improve our product. Please send us your suggestions to [email protected] or directly to me [email protected]


    Guido Kovalskys

  2. We have been sharing Nearpod with anyone who will listen in Greater Clark Schools. If your not quite ready to create a presentation from scratch, Nearpod has a lot of FREE already made to choose from. I recommend at least scanning through some of them to give you ideas before you create your own. Happy Nearpodding!

  3. I can envision using NearPod in conjunction with the content posted on my Weebly site. The NearPod interactive elements would coincide with and supplement the content of the Weebly lesson. The homework format available with the paid version looks ideal for a flipped classroom.

  4. I registered for a Nearpod account and loved what I saw. I like the interaction between teachers and students. You can show the presentation from any device, unlike PowerPoint where it has to be shown from the computer that it was made on. As far as the open ended questions go, I think that it is a good idea, it gives students a chance to search the internet for the answers and they can learn from that, rather then the teacher lecturing them about it. T

  5. Currently, I have my lessons on Schoology or in Dropbox. However, after looking at this site it does provide me with another platform fo use. I find the issue of using more open-ended questions to be one I need to address.

  6. Many programs seem to be available for presentation purposes. I like how this one advances as the presenter advances. I can see this not only being useful for 1:1 programs, but providing additional support for those with various disabilities. For example, students with vision issues are no longer “stuck” in the front of the classroom. With this program, the presentation comes to the student. This program can also help those with visual processing issues (tracking from the desk to the front of the class and back to the desk can be difficult for some students — especially those with ADHD).

    With regard to open ended questions, I believe they are absolutely essential to teaching and learning. Students can be taught to regurgitate information and recall facts, but requiring them to think and respond to an open ended question is where the real learning happens. Life in general is not a multiple choice test. If we are educating 21st Century scholars, open ended questions must be a part of the daily teaching routine.

  7. Nearpod will work with any device. There is an app for iPod, iPad and Google Play devices. However, from a PC/laptop/netbook you can simply go to, log into the session with the PIN or create an account and develop from there.

  8. This seems like a great product, especially with the interaction aspect of it. In a school that’s 1:1, many lessons are on PowerPoint or another presentation like program which the students can open and follow along or complete notes/outlines during presentations. I will certainly explore this more as the collaborative aspect of it seems more fluid than a Google doc where students all are working on the same document which unless there is understanding with how it works, they overwrite each other. The ability to use this with various platforms is a plus too. To answer the open ended question, I believe that it is a great type of question to strive for higher level thinking by students. The first thing to tell students with them is that they can research information but that the answer will be from their own thoughts and feelings about the topic. It does certainly depend on how you phrase the question.

    • Briefly exploring this just now, does it only work with a student’s tablet/iPad? Can it be a teacher using a computer and the students on a netbook computer? I didn’t see that during the explanation on their site. Thanks!

  9. I already have this year’s lessons created on my Weebly. This site allows students to follow along while I teach. But NearPod’s interactivity makes it enticing. I think students would enjoy the ability to comment, answer questions, answer polls, etc.

    I do think the site would be useful for open-ended questions. Some people, like me, don’t form effective responses in a short amount of time; we take a few extra seconds to process and come up with the best way to express something. Most teachers go with the first person (or few people) who volunteer to answer a question. If students were given 2-3 minutes to type out responses, some of the ones who take longer could really benefit.

    I see NearPod as an excellent tool for keeping students engaged and on-task.

  10. The question you asked about open-ended questions is one of the things that I think we don’t do enough of in a 1:1 program. Many might be tempted to use the device to grade objective quizzes and be lulled into thinking that they are getting the most out of the technology, but where is the learning? That is nothing but recall.

    And as teachers move to these open ended questions, they can solve a problem that has scared many away from 1:1 usage – how do I secure my tests? What is to prevent them from just going out and Googling the answers? With open ended questions, there is no worry there. Yeah, students can Google information that they can use for their answer, but they still have to craft a message for evaluation.

    I like this app and would like to try it out. I like that it is multi-platform and can solve some of those translation issues.

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