Friday, May 23, 2014

Success in the Second Grade Classroom with Nearpod!

Written by guest blogger, Robin Shepard
2nd Grade Teacher at Ditto Elementary School

Nearpod is an app that allows you to interact with your classroom using mobile devices. You can use presentations that are already created or create and customize your own. The app is free and can be downloaded on iPads, iPad Minis, Chromebooks, laptops, PC’s, or MACS.

The teacher can create or download interactive multimedia presentations; share the interactive presentation with your class; control the student’s activity in the presentation; and monitor and measure student results on an individual basis. The student interacts with the presentation and submits responses to multiple choice or open-ended questions.

There are many free presentations for all grade levels as well as those you can purchase. The pricing is very reasonable – most are $2.99. There are also presentations that teach you how to create a fabulous presentation of your own.

I have used this app in my classroom for math and language arts. The students think it is great fun. I have not had any issues with the app working in real time but I know this has been an issue with our server in the past.

Download Nearpod and see how to liven up your classroom instruction.

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