I took a blogging break, but I'm back to share my journey to move students from consumers of innovative products, to creators of innovative products. I'll write about both the innovative products I provide to support their learning as well as the projects they create to show case their knowledge.
This past week, I revisited Nearpod and explored it for math.
Nearpod is a wonderful application that allows you to create presentations or to take a Google Slides presentation and turn it into an interactive presentation. Nearpod allows you to add:
There are two versions of Nearpod, free and paid. The paid version allows you to have presentations that are 'student-paced'. This is a great feature where you can collect the data from the students work but students can work through at their own pace. What I loved about the free version with the 'live lesson', is that I could share students work. This way we could talk about the way a student solved the problem. I couldn't figure out a way to share student work during the 'student-paced' version.
I utilized the Draw It and Free Response slides for my first lesson. Draw It, allows students to draw their answers. I used this to allow students to draw their tape diagrams while solving word problems. Draw it also allows students to upload a picture for their answer. I was impressed with the ease of taking and adding photographs. Students figure it out so quickly. I loved being able to check their tape diagram and discus students thinking as they solved them. The free response simply allows students to write in their answer.
I love how students were involved in collaboration and tackling challenging word problems all while I could keep a close eye on the progress and share students thinking quickly and easily.
Can't just you see their concentration and hard work! How have you use Nearpod in the classroom? What an amazing tool for formative assessments.