Nearpod is an intriguing solution to an "all-in-one" presentation and polling application for classroom and other large iPad environments. The app provides the ability to upload existing presentations as well as create new ones from scratch. Adding interactive features such as question/answer polling, surveys, and drawings are easy and the entire pacing of the presentation is controlled from the teacher's iPad.
There are two parts of Nearpod. One is the free iPad app. This is where you will be running your presentations and where your students will access your presentations while you are running them. The other part is the content tool. This website is where you will create, upload, modify, and manage your presentations so that you can run them through the app.
If you don't have an account created, you'll need to Sign Up for a free account. Once your account is created, use your email and password to login.
If you have an account already, log into Nearpod. If not, please sign up and then login.
NOTE: Students will not need a separate account or login credentials to access your presentations. You will share with them a unique PIN for your session.
For Nearpod presentations, you can add various interactive features as shown below:
In more detail:
Slide: As mentioned above, each "slide" is really either a PDF or image file. Thus, you need to build slides elsewhere if you want something more complex. Once you become familiar with exporting slides as image files however, this becomes a simple process.
Slide Show: A series of images as a slideshow as opposed to one per slide in the presentation.
Poll: Survey questions where there is no option for correct/incorrect answers.
Q&A: Quick way to get real time checking for understanding.
Quiz: Instead of a single question, have students answer a series of questions at their own pace.
Video: Insert an MP4 (must be uploaded) to play back on devices.
Draw it: Have students draw over a blank canvas or over an image. Choose which ones to share with the group.
Browse the internet (upgraded feature): Share web pages with users.
TIP: Look for the settings icon to add even more customization to your interactive features. Example: You can add a reference image for question or have short answer responses instead of multiple choice questions.
TIP: The Draw It feature has great potential across all curricula. Examples include: annotating over a passage, drawing/labeling a map, solving a math problem, balancing chemical equations, and more.
The interactive features are what makes Nearpod a really nice tool for the classroom. The ability to have presentation capabilities, coupled with formative assessment tools, all in one single app makes this an engaging tool on so many fronts.
Try adding slides, questions, and/or quizzes to your presentation. When ready, make sure you publish your presentation (Manage your presentations, look for the Up arrow). Test with a second device to see what it's like to experience the presentation in real time.
Once you have finished a presentation, you can have the app send a report to you via email, or you can access the data directly through the web interface (look for the graphs icon) for Reports.
You can choose a session or search for a session that you wish to analyze data from. Responses will be displayed below in a table format. You can also export data as a .CSV file.
After running a presentation, try looking at the reported data to examine any trends or feedback. Use the data to make informed decisions for your next Nearpod presentation.