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OOJOT Ep.10 – Nearpod

Episode 10: nearpod

I love sharing free tools with educators, and this nearpod a good one, However, it is important that I mention that there are upgraded levels. However, all of the basic functionality is useful. The true gem of the free subscription is access to the library of lessons. Teachers are insanely creative and the search database is intuitive and easy to use.

What is nearpod?

It’s a digital platform that creates slide decks that are engaging and embeds formative assessment. Although you can upgrade, you don’t need to have a paid account to access the basic functions and the true gem of the subscription: the library of lessons.

Why Use nearpod?

  • “Tools for the most important job in the world”
  • Digital slide deck creator
  • Control font, It works on tablets, iPhone and Android devices, laptops, and computers.
    • nearpod is FREE to use to use on a laptop and computer, funded by the Usborne Foundation.
  • Data-Rich teacher tool to help:
    • Monitor progress through
    • Guide instruction
    • Data to guide discussions
    • Access to Lesson Bank

How do teachers use NearPod?

  • Guided discussion (art and vocabulary)
  • Share Phenomenon and building model lesson
  • Guiding discussions
  • Keeping track of close reading, close writing, ongoing discussions
  • Track student comprehension during a lesson
  • Collect data on student understanding to guide instruction
  • Language Arts Centers, a prepared slide deck
  • Coaches/Administrators
    • SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition)

Using nearpod can give structure and jazz to the lessons that require the classic sit-and-get instruction. I believe, wholeheartedly in the integrated, exploratory model of learning. Research shows us that people learn by doing. That’s just how our brains work.

However, since I’ve been working for VIPKid (where I teach English to kids in China in the very early hours of the morning,) I’ve really seen the value of visual and interactive slide decks.

On a side note: I’ve made $1,400 in 10 weeks working with VIPKid. I only work a few hours a day, it’s a truly lucrative side-hustle. Click here to use my referral link, If you’re curious. Feel free to reach out to me on twitter: @mrsjennarodgers and I’ll walk you through the process.

Let me know…

I was truly honored to see how many downloads my podcast have had. If you’re listening, and you have a second, do me a favor and give me a wave. I’d love to hear from you. I started this podcast to start a conversation. You can find me on Twitter and Instagram – mrsjennarodgers

Want to know about a tool?

If you want to hear an episode about a tool, topic, strategy, find me on twitter @oojotpodcast, or email me

If you use @nearpod. I’d love to learn about how you use it in your classroom. So, give me a tweet or an email.

Next week I will begin my series on the Digital Library. It’s something we’ve all heard of, but I’m going to do my best to spread the word about this amazing resource. More on that next week.

A special thanks to Shumit from California Academy of Science. Check out the workshops and free resources!!


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