Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Techie Tuesday

I can't believe it's been a week already!!!  Where does the time go?

This week I am going to talk about taking over your classroom's technology!  Have you ever heard of Nearpod?  Nearpod allows you to control your child's computer or tablet from your computer or tablet.  

The first thing you need to do is create a teacher account.  Go to Nearpod.com and click on teacher sign up.

Once you have an account you are ready to create your first lesson. 

On the home page, click create.  Once a new lesson/presentation comes up, I always select the first 2 slides and delete them.  

Click add slide.  It then gives you the choice to add content (slide, video, autio*, slideshow, PDF viewer*, live Twitter stream*), add content from the web*, or add activity (open ended question, poll, quiz, draw it, fill in the blank*, match*).  I typically start with a title page, and therefore select add content.  I do this, because once we leave this slide during the presentation, it will ask the children to sign in with their name.  Once they sign in, I then begin my lesson.  
       *Free trail option

After you have created your lesson, you are ready to use it in your class.  Simply go to your library, select the lesson/presentation, and click live presentation.  A code will pop up.  I typically wrote the code on the board and the children knew exactly what to do (they opened their app, and typed in the code).  Once everyone is logged in, you start.

There are several different ways to use this program.  Last year (with Kinders), I used Nearpod as my morning message.  I was able to create a message, insert an activity for them to complete, and then a closing to the message.  

I also used it when teaching different phonics and math lessons.  After going through the content with the children, I would add a "quiz" so I can see how effective the lesson was, and then was able to see the next step easily.  

I was also attended a PD last summer, where they used this.  They took over our computers.  It solved the problem of finding a projector, and saved on passing out papers.

Some other ideas include, using it during a small group time, or even for assessment.

I highly recommend this program, especially if you have a one to one ratio with computers or tablets.  

Have you tried Nearpod?  Do you think you will try it?  How will you or have you used it?  Please leave your comments and questions below!

Thank you so much for hopping by!

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