That’s where Nearpod comes in. Nearpod is an incredible free presentation app that can enhance the learning and engagement in your classroom. Nearpod allows you to have a completely engaging, exciting and interactive lesson which is paced by the teacher who controls the students iPads.
Here are my top 3 reasons I LOVE Nearpod:
1. 100% engagement
Nearpod enables your entire (yes, ENTIRE!) class to be fully engaged in your lesson.
Try it. I dare you. Aside from being fun, every kid has equal opportunities to learn, answer questions, take part in polls, submit visual drawings, and more, and all anonymously. I can’t tell you how many times after finishing a Nearpod session, both the quietest and the most rambunctious kids in class beg to find out the next time we can learn and review with Nearpod. It’s an amazing sight to see.
2. It’s YOUR classroom on steroids
3. Boosts self-esteem
Let me explain.
The way Nearpod works is that when students submit their answers to the teacher, the teacher has the ability to share the students’ answers back anonymously. Students who are less confident in themselves all of a sudden come to life. In fact, when their answer is shared correctly, they vocally take pride in it and the class cheers them on. The more positive experiences that occur, the more the students get comfortable with sharing during class. It creates a beautiful learning environment to be a part of.
There is so much more to talk about Nearpod. Perhaps in another post I will share some of the other great things such as: aggregated data, Nearpod homework, reaching different learning styles, and more! But for now, if you haven’t tried Nearpod, what are you waiting for?
For more info see nearpod.com or check out these videos below:
Rabbi Zach Swigard teaches 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy and is the administrative director for BILU, both in Beverly Hills, California. Rabbi Swigard also teaches a college level, Touro accredited class at BILU titled, “Modern Jewish Questions”.