I wanted to share a super cool app that I just started using. It’s called Nearpod and it allows teachers to create interactive content that runs on their iPads and share that content with students on student-controlled devices. In the picture here I’m showing the teacher app installed on my iPad and the student app installed on my iPhone. The teacher app has pushed the image shown to the student app.
The content creation tool (which is currently a free upgrade from the basic app) allows the teacher to make multimedia presentations with interactive features, such as quizzes, polls, drawing activities, and short answer questions. The teacher then “shares” these interactive pages with students. The students complete the task and “submit” their work back to the teacher, who is able to monitor all of the students’ responses. Teachers can then share back student results; each student only sees his or her personal results on his/her device. The teacher and student apps are available in the App Store for FREE! Gotta love free!
The teacher app can access a store, from inside the app, where lessons are available for download. The selection is very limited right now, with just a few free lessons to try out. But in the next week I’m going to learn how to use the creation tool and see how much flexibility and innovation it allows. I’ll report back!
In the meantime, I encourage all of you to go download these apps and try them too. Please share back what you learn and what you like or don’t like!