Teachers across the district are using Nearpod in their classrooms to transform learning. From exit tickets, to learning stations, or to PBL lesson delivery, teachers are finding creative ways to make the learning experience seamless and interactive.
We visited one teacher's classroom to see how she has transformed learning for her students. Megan Apodaca-Coyle, 7th grade teacher at Cotton Elementary, is using Nearpod in a variety of ways to not only engage students but to allow them to drive their own learning. For example, they recently participated in a science lesson on hydrotropism and then were given a Nearpod self-paced lesson to guide their project work. Students were provided with additional content information within the Nearpod lesson, along with the instructions for the project to guide the students as they worked.
What a great way to put learning into the students' hands, moving the class from teacher-led to student-driven. This frees up the teacher to work with students in a personal way building trust, strengthening relationships and developing a more positive classroom environment.
Another way Megan uses Nearpod is to deliver partial oral administration of exams to students who need this assistance. She did this by using the google extension, Screencastify, to record her screen displaying the test questions as she read each question out loud. She then took the video from Screencastify and put it inside a Nearpod lesson along with other instructional information for her students to use as they took their exams. (See an example of how to set up something similar here and find the self-paced Nearpod lesson example here or use code EWJYZ to join.) This is just another creative way teachers can use Nearpod to multiply themselves, provide continuous support, and differentiate for all students in a stree-free, creative environment.
I'll be the first to admit that as a kid, I did everything possible to avoid reading both at school and at home. Reading always felt like a chore and this mentality is something that followed me well into adulthood until a comic book shop opened up down the street from my house. Out of curiosity, I decided to go into the shop and I purchased a new Batman graphic novel that had just come out. In no time at all, I found myself hooked. I bought comics, went to the library and checked out graphic novels. All of this eventually led to reading traditional books and even listening to audio books. Lately, I haven't been reading as much as I like but there was a time a few years ago when I was challenging myself to read 50-100 books a year (including graphic novels). Comics can be a catalyst to inspire reading for those of us that need visuals in storytelling. So why not task students with creating their own graphic novels?
Asking students to create their own graphic novels can be a great way for students to work collaboratively, build communication skills, practice writing, explore core content, and more. In our summer program, Camp 3D, we asked students to create their own comics using different apps to sketch, such as Sketches School, then asked the students to create the layouts with apps such as Book Creator or ComicBook! What other tools are possible? What about Google Slides?
In our office, we have really been rethinking how we use Google Slides and realizing just how powerful and flexible it can be as a tool. Simply changing your slide layout to 8.5"w x 11"h alters Slides from a presentation tool into a publishing tool. Having the flexibility to move text and images exactly where you want is an important element to the design skills needed for creative design and publishing.
In order to facilitate the process of making graphic novels in Google Slides, we created a Graphic Novel Google Slides template. In the template, there are 10 different layouts to choose from. Simply click on Layout and choose the one you wish to use. Don't forget, you have all of your speech bubbles inside of shapes in Google Slides.
Have fun creating graphic novels in your classroom. Be sure to send us some examples of what you create.
DOWNLOAD GOOGLE SLIDES GRAPHIC NOVEL TEMPLATE
Take a look at this amazing Flipgrid Resource Center created by Christine McKee, @CMcKee27 on twitter.
bit.ly/emtechflipgrid . This resource is a great way to learn everything you need to know about #flipgrid and how to get started with #amplifying student voice! Flipgrid is such a magical tool for empowering student voice and increasing communication, collaboration and creativity! And now with newly added Flipgrid Shorts, Flipgrid AR, Whiteboard mode with inking, Filters, Overlay Photos, Stickers, and Emoji's, and now Microsoft Immersive Reader can be launched on every topic and video transcript! Such a powerful #studentvoice tool! Why not try it and see how it can create a transformative student-powered learning experience in your classroom! Want your classroom, department, campus to catch the #flipgridfever? Use this resource or at anytime, contact @SAISD_EdTech for further support.
What a great turnout to Todd Nesloney’s Kids Deserve It and Stories from Webb presentations this past week at the SEAD conference. This session was jampacked with inspiring stories, cool ways to create memorable experiences for kids, and ideas for building culture that breeds positive social emotional development and a true love of learning.