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.


After completing this module, you will be able to:
  • Describe the functionality of Nearpod.
  • Set up your own Nearpod account.
  • Create or upload a presentation to the Content Tool.  
  • Add interactive features to your presentation.
  • Perform a test run or deliver your presentation to your class in real time.
  • Analyze reports from collected data. 

What is Nearpod?

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Setting up Nearpod

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. 

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Activity #1: Create an Account and Log into Nearpod

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

Creating Presentations

One quick and easy way to explore Nearpod is to download an existing presentation. Nearpad provides some samples in their store, and downloading and viewing ac commercially created one should give you a sense of some of the features and how they can be used.

If you are interested in using your own presentations, you can start by uploading an existing presentation from Powerpoint, Keynote, Google Drive, or any other program.  The key is that you will need to convert your original presentation to a PDF file and then upload to Nearpod.  

TIP: You can save Powerpoint slides as .JPG or .PNG files which are accepted by Nearpod as image uploads.

Lastly, you can create a Nearpod presentation from scratch. 

Activity #2: Getting Started with the Content Tool

Try the following: 

1) Download an existing presentation from the Store.  Explore the presentation directly from the iPad app.
2) Log into your Nearpod account on a computer and open the Content Tool.  
3) Create a new presentation from scratch or Upload an existing presentation (converted to a PDF) into your presentation library. 

NOTE: For new presentations, you'll still need to add either PDFs or image files as slides.  There is no "slide construction" capability in Nearpod's content tool. 

Working with Interactive features

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.  

Activity #3: Add a few interactive features to your presentation

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.

Show Time (but do test first...)

When you're ready to deliver your presentation, you'll need to open the Nearpod app and log in. 

Click on My Library and you will see your published presentations.

TIP: If you don't see a particular presentation, make sure it has been published in the Content Tool.

When you launch your presentation, you will notice a PIN code in the upper left that your students will use to access your session. 

TIP: Presentations will be downloaded to the devices, so there will be a short wait time (depending on size of presentation) when students enter the presentation. 

After the first slide (normally a title slide), there will be a student list page for you to see all participants who have entered a name.  

Simply swipe left and right to advance through your presentation or use the slide sorter to navigate and Share a particular slide.

One of the coolest features is the ability to share individual responses (including drawings) with the entire class using the Share function.

Activity #4: Running a Presentation 

Try running a published presentation either as a test (with a second iPad) or with your class. 

Analyzing Reports

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.

Activity #5: Examine Session Data

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. 

Checking For Understanding

Are you ready to use Nearpod in your classes?  What are some of the advantages/disadvantages of using Nearpod in the classroom?

Test your knowledge.   Take a quick quiz below and see how well you do.  Click on "Start Now" and receive immediate feedback on how you do.

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