Nearpod Cheat Sheet

 

Nearpod is an interactive multimedia presentation platform where teachers can share presentations used in classrooms. In presentations, teachers can and keep track of students’ activities and assure students are on the same page as they have the control on which slide is being viewed. Moreover, teachers have the ability to monitor, measure, and receive a better perspective of the students’ understanding by the collected data stored on their accounts. Students, on the other hand, can use Nearpod to follow along with the lesson and submit answers during various activities in real time while also being able to view the answers and results of others when shared with the classroom. Moreover, teachers have the ability to monitor, measure, and receive a better perspective of the students’ understanding.

Nearpod can also be easily accessed on various pieces of hardware such as computers, smartphones, and tablets. Thus, Nearpod provides a technology-based learning environment where blended learning is available and enjoyable amongst both teachers and students.

 

INTRODUCTION TO NEARPOD

 

Features for Teacher Use:

  • Uploading / creating slideshows
  • Embedding videos and other media tools into presentations
  • Accessing, viewing, and annotating PDF files
  • Conducting a live twitter stream
  • Browsing pre-made presentations on the Nearpod database

 

Interactive Features Include:

  • Draw it – students can be given a question and/or scenario and can write/draw on a blank canvas before submitting their work
  • Quiz – multiple choice questions can be given with a minimum of two options for every question so teachers can monitor students’ knowledge and understanding of the presentation
  • Poll – a simple one question poll where teachers can collect data from students with multiple choices given
  • Fill-in-the-blanks – short sentences where teachers can choose which word to remove from the sentence and add into the work bank for students to match
  • Open ended questions – can all be used for a variety of subjects for teachers to collect longer, well thought out answers needing more detail or description from students

Once students submit their answer to specific activities (namely Draw it and the open-ended questions), teachers have the option of sharing some of the student’s responses. This promotes class discussion through the deconstruction and in turn, analysis of the response.

 

Why Nearpod is Useful:

Nearpod provides a balance between hands-on learning through the engagement of student activity) and minds-on learning through the lecture-style presentation. So, enough information is being delivered through the presentation and, students are given the opportunity to apply what they know. In other words, it provides an appropriate ratio between learning and application.

Studies have shown that the average attention span of a human went from 12 seconds to 8 from 2000 to 2013. This is due to the advancement of technology and its stimulation to the brain becoming more frequent in students and people as a whole. Brains require stimulus to keep concentrated. Having said that, lessons used today are modelled after the brains of older generations and are not reconstructed to better suit the newer generation. As a result, Nearpod focuses on the balance between traditional learning and stimulation needed for students to learn and focus in classes

 

Information and Resources (links):

Homepage of Nearpod

Includes different tabs in which users can navigate through the interface of the website.

 

How Nearpod Works

Information page describing the basics of using Nearpod. It also includes multiple slideshows that act as a info/help resource for the many tools Nearpod offers.

 

Nearpod On Youtube

 

 

Adding Nearpod Onto Your Devices:

Chrome Extension Download

Google Play Store Download

Apple Store Download

 

Top Ideas for Use in Education:

  1. As another online presentation platform, teachers can assess their lessons online which allow them to edit/upload from their home as well as automatically save all of their content. This prevents the risk of lost/corrupted/forgotten files that would be detrimental to the lesson.
  2. Pre-made presentations/lessons/introductory activities are also available on Nearpod. Teachers can use them to either introduce the topic of their lesson or review them for a test.
  3. Nearpod is also easily accessible not only on computers, but on mobile devices. This would allow teachers to prepare lessons and have students listen to them whenever and wherever as long as there is internet access. Furthermore, students who are away can easily follow along at home if they choose to which would eliminate the issue of falling behind.
  4. Nearpod is supported by schools as well as districts and therefore has a schoolwide option that includes helpful features. One of these is a tool that allows students to write notes right on the slide that is being displayed during the presentation. This can reduce the amount of paper used to print out slides/write notes and can provide more comprehensive notes as students are referring to specific parts of the slide when they write on them.
  5. The numerous forms of interactive activities Nearpod offers keep students focused and add in diversity from the typical lecture style lesson.
  6. Teachers can assess students’ understanding of the day’s lesson before, after, and during the actual lesson. This can be done through small quizzes, drawing activities, and more. Nearpod collects the data inputted by students and displays them for teachers in real time, allowing them to see who is paying attention or understands the concepts being taught.

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Google Classroom Cheat Sheet

Google Classroom is a platform that allows teachers to host online classrooms. Within these classrooms, teachers can provide feedback, handout assignments, post interactive applications, and create a google drive for the classroom. Google Classroom enables teachers to create their own functional website without the need of outside IT assistance. The simple, paperless assignment workflow allows teachers to create, review and mark assignments quickly, all in one place.  Students are added to the classroom by their teachers or by entering a course code. Students can post onto the classroom webpage, communicate with their peers through comments and hand assignments in electronically. Students can see all of their assignments on an assignments page, and all class materials are automatically filed into folders in Google Drive. Classroom allows teachers to send announcements and start class discussions instantly. Students can share resources with each other or provide answers to questions on the stream.

Google Classroom creates an environment where blended learning is made possible and easy.

Features:

Google Drive – By creating a classroom, a google drive is automatically created for the class. This allows teachers to be able to share Power Points, Excel sheets, and Word documents with students. This will allow students access to all important classroom information when studying.

Google Calendar- When a student is enrolled in multiple google classrooms, the google calendar collects all the due dates and test dates from their courses, and uses the information to create a unique calendar for every student.this is particularly useful because it gives the student something tangible to see their scheduled on. Ultimately, this will help the student manage their time more effectively.

Online Assignments & Quizzes- Through google classroom, assignments can be handed in electronically and quizzes can be taken online. This reduces the amount of paper used in classrooms and reduces the changes of assignments/quizzes being lost by teachers or students.

Grading – Google classroom has a downloadable mark book for teachers which allows teachers to stay more organized and allows for backups to be made in the case that something should happen to the teacher’s copy.

Mobile Application- There’s a phone application that allows students to keep in touch with their classroom assignments and activities. No functionality is lost going from computer to phone, which allows google classroom to remain useful in different platforms.

Communication – Announcements can be posted by teachers to the class stream which can be commented on by students allowing for two-way communication between the teacher and students. Students can also post to the class stream but won’t be as high of a priority as an announcement by a teacher and can be moderated easily. Multiple types of media from Google products such as YouTube videos and Google Drive files can be attached to announcements and posts to share content. Gmail also provides email options for teachers to send emails to one or more students in the Google Classroom interface.

Resources for Getting Started:

 

App Store Download: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/google-classroom/id924620788?mt=8

Google Chrome Extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-classroom/mfhehppjhmmnlfbbopchdfldgimhfhfk?hl=en

Links:

Resources from Google:

Google Classroom Help

Google Classroom FAQ

Google for Education Help Forum

Educator-Created Resources:

60 Ways Math Teachers Can Use Google Classroom

Remind App + Google Classroom

3 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom

Google Classroom: Pros & Cons

Possible Educational Uses:

  1. Teachers can prepare all of their classroom assignments and test dates in advance. This helps classroom work stay on track throughout the school year.
  2. Teachers can post activities and educational tools that can help consolidate material that was learned in class.
    • Lesson sets allows teachers to consider their students on an individual basis. Multiple apps and links can be shown that allow students to work on different skills. This forms well rounded students and puts learning at the fingertips of the students.
  3. Allows for teachers to try flipped classrooms. Lesson sets and YouTube videos in conjunction with each other allows for students to learn a lesson at home, and then complete work and answer questions in class. Google Classroom allows for teachers to customize and try out a flipped classroom. Quizzes can even be added in after completion of a lesson to check a students understanding of the material.
  4. Students can use the website to stay organized and up to date with assignments and test dates. Since Google Classroom diminishes the need for paper handouts, students are not risking losing important work because it is all online for them to access.
  5. While there is not a live chat system, students can ask questions and comment on posts on the webpage. This opens up opportunities for collaborative learning outside of allocated classroom time.
  6. Students can allow post onto the classroom’s drive, which encourages the sharing of study notes come evaluation time, once again allowing for collaborative learning to take place.

 

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The Ins and Out of Kahoot

What is Kahoot?

Kahoot is an online platform which can be used to create assessments such as quizzes, polls and discussions. Kahoot is interactive and engaging. One can access a Kahoot from any electronic device connected to the internet using a pin code, which can be found on the presenter’s screen. Kahoot is a customizable and fun tool that can be used in various group settings.
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The Basic Guide to Using Kahoot (Cheat Sheet: an informative guide on how to use basic Kahoot features)

To log onto the Kahoot dashboard

To join a quick round of Kahoot

How to use Kahoot effectively?

Kahoot’s Features & Uses:

Kahoot can be used as an educational review, either at the end of a lesson or on it’s own. As Kahoot is interactive and competitive, it allows students and teachers to gauge their understanding through the learning strategy of calibration. As well students who are typically too shy to answer or are not engaged will want to participate since the results are based on a user name and only highest scores are shown.

Kahoots can be used by presenters in poll mode, to reflect on how students are comprehending their lessons. Teachers can see anonymously how the class is feeling about the lesson and use it to adjust their lessons to the needs of the masses.

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Ghost mode can allow students to repeat the same assessment (possibly before and after a lesson) so students can see their progression in timing and accuracy. Teachers can also use this mode in between classes to compare similarities.

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The person who conducted the Kahoot can download the results, by doing so they can see general trends in learning as well as see who is struggling without accessing them for marks.

Kahoots are fun for all! Who doesn’t love to compete? They are also a great way to make students pay attention during presentations.

Review with Kahoot! Did you know you can do more than just make Kahoots? You can find them on the web as well! To do so just search under public Kahoots the level, category or topic and you can access thousands of Kahoots.

Kahoot encourages learning in a collaborative setting. Although students are competing many will work together and teach each other when there are gaps in their understanding.

Why is Kahoot so useful?

Kahoot uses a variety of learning strategies:

  • Generation Learning – In the age of technology learning on the web is the only way to maintain the attention of the young. By using one’s phone it prevents students from using their phone for other devices in class, keeps the audience focused and entertained and allows students to demonstrate/practice their knowledge. Additionally with thousands of Kahoots online, students can use this website as a study tool for practicing many different questions.
  • Calibration – The art of judging where you are at. As humans, we suck at this. However with the test students can see how well they would do in a mock test trial. At the end the student’s results are shown and they can compare their ranking to the rest of the class. This exercise will also help students understand where they can improve.
  • Reflection– This can be used for both the teacher and the student. The students can reflect on how they felt taking that test. Was it easy? Did it feel natural? Were there areas you struggled in? Teachers can use it to get feed back about their presentation and see what they need to improve upon.
  • Retrieval Practice – Kahoots cause students to recall the information that they have learnt and apply it to answer questions. By using a Kahoot it allows for retrieval practice to better prepare students for assessments. Additionally as Kahoot is similar to the style of a typical assessment, students can create ques to help them recall consolidated information.

 

Top 5 Educational ways to use a Kahoot:

  1. Kahoots are useful for teachers to test students prior knowledge, judging on time and results (which can be further analyzed after downloading). By starting off a lesson with a Kahoot teachers can see what skills need to be built upon and later use the same Kahoot to see how much information was absorbed
  2. Kahoot can be used before a test as an engaging form of review. This will allow students to use calibration to see which topics they need to further expand upon. Additionally it allows students to see similar questions to the ones on their test.
  3. Kahoots can be used for teachers to gather feedback. By creating a Kahoot survey teachers can get anonymous feedback, with controlled options. This feedback can be used after a lesson or unit to ask about students preferences, enjoyment, engagement, or confidence in a subject. This is useful for teachers when they offer extra help.
  4. Kahoot can be used to encourage participation. Many students too shy to participate by raising their hands can feel a sense of security when they answer online. Additionally Kahoots are fun and competitive so everyone can get involved.
  5. Kahoot can be used for student collaboration, again by assessing students in groups some students who are too shy or do not feel they need extra help can work with others to solve harder problems. These harder problems will allow the “stronger” students to practice and the students having more difficulty to learn how these problems are solved and work with others if they have any questions.

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