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.