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. This app looks really cool! I like that it can be used on multiple devices and not just an ipad etc. I also like that it can be used at home for homework assignments.
    My favorite part is the interaction you can get from students and the teacher is in control. You can keep them on task hopefully by pushing the content to them and they are following along. Having the option of questions, polls and drawings is a great way to check their knowledge as you go along as well. Looks like you can receive some immediate feedback also on the poll questions. So many options on this app. I too would question the amount you get on the free version and what the paid version can do. If it is something very useful, our corporation may pay for it if it is not too expensive. Has anyone used the paid version?

  2. I like the idea of being able to share with the class so the each student can have the presentation on their device. When students have the option to have computers in front of them during a presentation, it is tempting for them to look at other sites instead of what they should be looking at. This would allow me to wander the room and know exactly what students have on their screens because they should all match. I also like being able to share the presentations with student who may have been absent. The open ended question option is a great feature that could be built into the presentation. Students already have the device in front of them so it won’t take any extra time.

  3. I have tried Nearpod just recently for displaying my ipad on the teacher computer to display on the white board. I plan to use it for group activities. I am really excited that there is an easy way to display the ipad onto the computer/white board now.

  4. We are not at the point of being 1:1 yet but we do have a mobile lab and a tech lab for the students. This is a great way to do something different than PowerPoint or even Prezi (although I really do like that program). Students’ attention spans seem so narrow that I’m always looking for ways to keep their minds centered on the task at hand. This would allow a “new” way of presenting a lesson and having them interact immediately.

    I try to provide open-ended questions whenever possible because the students realize, after practice, that I’m looking for what their mind path is rather than is there a “standard” correct answer. They still, at times, have a tendency to Google to try to find the answer but not too many are successful.

  5. i can see nearpod being used while I am teaching on a certain artist, or musician. Something where I want them to have access to it, but explore in groups. I definitely like the start from scratch option, bc I differentiate between my classes. I probably wouldn’t ask an open ended question, bc my kiddos are younger and our verbal discussions are much more meaningful.

  6. As far as being used for presentation purposes, I like this program. I am a little disappointed that I have to upgrade my subscription in order to embed pre-made videos. I think it would be great to assign videos with questions to go along. I always hate to have to reinvent the wheel when there is so much out there to choose from. I am signed up for a webinar so maybe I will find out what more “free” stuff they offer.

  7. Nearpod seems like a great site. I had a little trouble navigating and could not easily find the free presentations. I could only find one. It was very easy to find the ones for sale though. The one I did look at was about ecosystems. I did like the interactive features. I am wondering though if you can’t just post a powerpoint or flipchart from ActivInspire to My Big Campus and have students download the file to their netbook? Or the same with a Google docs presentation?

    • Gay;e, You could absolutely use MBC or Google presentations in a similar way. The difference here is the delivery. Controlling delivery and real time assessments are nice. Great to keep open options though!

  8. I attended a workshop this past summer at ERev that introduced this. I had never heard of it before then. Before this year I could not have used this because I was not one to one. This year I have technology class where we are one to one but if the desktop version is paid it will not work. We are getting a set of Ipads on a cart so I will be sure to share this with our teachers. I thought is was a very neat application. I liked how you could follow along with the presentation. When everyone has it in their hands you don’t have to worry about who is sitting up front. I can see this being great for those with attention problems or special needs. To get to the upper level of learning with students open ended questions are key. Teachers need to use more open ended questions and any technology that can make that task easier to get there is great.

  9. I love this idea and am going to explore using this in my class. I can see me using the presentations for this weeks lessons. I like that when the students are following live they have to stay with me instead of jumping around getting sidetracked. I really like the open-ended question feature. This is something I need to work on in class. I need to get more students actively involved and thinking. This gives me feedback on what they know as well.

  10. I think this will be an amazing tool for my 1:1 classroom. I plan on exploring it fully over the Thanksgiving break. I love that the students can have access at home as well as at school. This will be wonderful for students who cannot be at school due to illness. The reporting feature and homework feature look very useful for data collecting because we all know we do a lot of that as teachers. This will be a much more useful tool than just simply reflecting something from my iPad up onto the projector screens for my students. It is obviously much more engaging as well.

  11. Actually if you look a little closer, Nearpod is not free for the Web version which is what we in the EVSC would need to use with students with netbooks. Those with Ipads/Ipods can use it free. The “School Edition” requires a subscription fee and to use the Web version you need to use the “School Edition”. It is a really cool idea, but it is not free for PC unfortunately. I do like the interactive component of Nearpod if a Presentation is used to deliver the content. Plus having the presentation on each individual device is a little more personal and requires them to focus on the presentation more if there are responses required at various intervals.

    • Brian,
      I have tested this out with netbooks. I use the free edition and am able to use netbooks. The students just go to and enter the session ID. Up to 30 students per session.

  12. I do not have a 1 to 1 classroom (yet). I could see myself using this site for students who are absent. They could follow my lessons at home. Especially, for the students who are out for an extended time.

    • Amy, You are the second person to mention absent students with NearPod. I hadn’t thought about that aspect before reading the comments. That is a great use for NearPod in a class that is not 1:1 !

  13. This sounds great, but my school isn’t 1:1 and won’t be for at least another school year. By that time, who knows what I’ll be able to use! I’m excited about it, but more excited about all the other things I’ve been learning in the Challenge.

  14. I love open-ended apps like Nearpod that can be used with any subject area; it makes it a much easier sell to teachers. In a corporation where every kid 6-12 has an iPad, NearPod is an awesome tool for keeping every kid engaged in the presentation/lesson. I also love how it builds in the interactive question/answer feature that other presentation programs do not have. This feature will make it much easier to ask those open-ended questions that are so vital to teaching and actually get responses from every student, not just the couple that raise their hands. I am concerned about the limits within the free version. Do any of you get this paid for by your corporation?

  15. Hmm… I posted earlier this afternoon, but do not see my post. Second attempt…

    I like the easy to use format of Nearpod, and really like students being able to interact instantly with critical thinking level questions. My concern is the cost of such a program from 80+ students. A second concern is the time required to set this program up in addition to the other new technology uses right now.

    I can definitely see positive uses for Nearpod in my Biology classes. I will keep it handy for possible future use.

  16. Holy Cow!

    If I had tablets for my entire class this would be the perfect thing to engage the students on it. I can see this becoming the norm in high school and in college. I can tell you that in the big lecture halls in college, it would have been incredibly nice to have it right in front of me. ALSO! I can see that if you had a student who didnt come to school for any reason….and you tweeted you session id to them, they could still do it at home. AND you could assess them….from their home!

    Assessment…free discovery…it’s so awesome!

    I am going to see if I can get this working on the students’ netbooks! Thank you guys!

  17. I have observed Nearpod being used in a high school English classroom. Love it! The teacher is in control of the class as students are watching the lesson and Interacting with iPads. The checkpoint questions and polls are incredible! Open Ended requires thought and “attention” during the lesson. She and I both agree that students are tuned in because they have to be (in fear of not knowing answers as they influence letter grade). Students are more excited to go to the class using Nearpod vs. the class using a Keynote presentation.

    The other feature I love: the premade presentations. Lack of time is a huge issue so Nearpod has offered a solution!

    All in All, keeping a class on task with an interactive lesson can be applied in any class and at grades 3-12 for sure!

  18. I am somewhat familiar with Near pod. I could use it during a group therapy session or during a presentation for training staff. As for answering open ended questions, I think that is a valuable skill for students. As therapists, we try to use open ended questions to avoid leading in answers. It allows for the person to create a unique thought/ answer to a question. I like the feature that allows students to work at their own pace.

  19. I like the interactiveness of NearPod. Having a say to show. Presentation, control students’ access (if/when needed), and questions all in one location is nice. My concern is the time required to set up such a program and lessons with all the other new technology I am currently trying to incorporate in Biology. I am also a bit concerned at the cost for advancing to a membership with more flexibility.

    I will definitely keep this as a near future resource.

  20. I have a computer lab as my classroom, so I think I could use this on a regular basis. I have found a few that have already been completed that I plan on trying out with my students. I think this would be a great way to start out a unit and then have some independent work. I also like the idea of using open-ended questions, because I think that our students need to know that there isn’t always a right or wrong answer. I think that they need to be able to think for themselves and then back up their answer with evidence.

    One question… I didn’t see the option to create my own. Maybe I was just overlooking something, but I couldn’t find that feature.

    • When I first signed up and started using it I found it a little difficult to navigate but once in it became quite easy. Make sure you are logged in and find where it says Create at the top right of the page.

  21. While I see all the uses in the above comments; I just feel that kids would have to remember one more site, user name, etc to get into. I am at a loss this year a the apathy level of technology for my students. i am exploring the already made presentations but will add this to my toolkit of 2.0 options for kids to explore. I am trying to get them away from ppt if possible when there are so many other possibilities.

    • Students don’t necessarily need another username. If you utilize this tool as a way to share a lesson, introduce a unit, etc – you can simply give them the PIN to log into your presentation.

  22. Nearpod is GREAT!!! It is actually the app of the week at my school. As the tech integration coach, I get to see apps put in play in many different kinds of classrooms. I made near pod the app of the week this week because I believe it can be used in many different subjects and grade levels.

  23. 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

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

  26. 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

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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!

  31. 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.

  32. 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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