If you need a more interactive way to deliver a presentation to your students then Nearpod is your answer. Nearpod is an Apple and Android app, but also works on PC and Mac. What exactly does Nearpod do? It allows you to upload a powerpoint presentation that has been saved as a PDF. Then you can add interactive slides such as a poll, quiz, video clip, or web link, between your powerpoint slides. You can then quickly see the results of your polls, quizzes, etc. In essence you take over control of the student's device while they are within the Nearpod app. One of the best ways to use this app is as a formative assessment for your lecture. To create your Nearpod presentations, create a powerpoint, keynote, or Google presentation first. Then save it as a PDF. Go to Nearpod and login to your account and upload the presentation. Then using the Nearpod toolbar add in the interactive elements that you want. Then students login to the app with their name and a pin# that is created when you launch the presentation. See the video below for an overview of this wonderful app!
I'm back!!! I had to take a short break to get my school year going and to finish my lessons for LearnZillion. I apologize for the crickets that have been chirping in my absence. Now to the good stuff! Let's talk about back channeling in the classroom. What's a back channel? It's simple a way for students to discuss while they are watching a video, presentation, listening to a guest speaker. If you have ever taken a webinar where participants were allowed to ask questions during the presentation then you have been a part of a back channel. How can you use backchannels? Well, I'm going to be showing a video of a short story that we have recently read in class. My students are going to be discussing how the video and the short story are alike and different. We are also going to talk about how seeing the video is better/worse than just reading it in print. If you think of some other great ideas for using backchannels, please post a reply to this post! Here are a few websites for creating a backchannel in the classroom
1. Padlet (Wallwisher)-Padlet is like a wall with sticky notes. I love that you can make it private so that only your students are viewing the content.
2. Today's Meet-with this site you create a private room and then decide how long you want the chat room open (week, month, year). Again there are no outside ads popping up and it's private to only those students who have the room URL.
3. Chatzy-Chatzy is another site that allows you to create a room that is private to just you or your students. It also gives you the options for a lot more settings such as using a password.
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I'm a 7th grade Reading teacher and a technology lover. During the 2011-2012 school year we implemented a BYOD initiative. I hope that you will find some helpful information here.