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Create a Learning Journey With Nearpod

Explore and create
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Explore and create : Workshop

Saturday, June 22, 4:00–5:30 pm
Location: 119AB

Rachelle Dene Poth  
Discover how to create immersive, interactive learning journeys with Nearpod. Explore resources for creating engaging lessons that expand the boundaries of your classroom, all with one multi-purpose tool. Walk away with lessons to use tomorrow!

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Nearpod App
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Distance, online, blended and flipped learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of the session will be to show the many ways that Nearpod can help provide more engaging learning experiences, promote student-driven learning and enable teachers to provide diverse resources for students all in one place. It is a multi-purpose tool that can help educators provide enriching learning opportunities for students, as well as for students to create their own lessons and expand their knowledge and global awareness. Participants will learn to successfully begin using Nearpod and how to create a lesson and use the different features of Nearpod to increase student interaction with the content. I will share how it can be used to increase student motivation, engage students in a more immersive learning experience, inspire curiosity and enable teachers to provide more personalized instruction for the students. Attendees will run through a lesson and share and brainstorm the uses of Nearpod for different content areas and grade levels, as well as for collaborating globally.
Attendees will have time to set up accounts and begin creating a lesson during the session and leave ready to integrate Nearpod into their practice. Attendees will see how it can transform teaching and methods of assessments and expand how and when students learn. Most importantly, it promotes student-paced learning and is full of choices for students to practice what they need, which helps students to self-assess and reflect.

Participants will:
Be ready to integrate innovative tools to better engage and reach all learners in any course or level.
Learn new ways to assess students and gather feedback with the many questioning formats
Transform teaching and methods of assessments
Engage students in all levels of the SAMR model


For a 90 minute workshop, time can be adjusted easily for a longer period. The workshop will follow the 5E Model of Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, Evaluate,
Attendees will have time to explore the many ways that Nearpod can be used for all levels and content, and be ready with lessons to use right away.

Introduction to/overview of Nearpod features, where to locate the lessons and assessment tools, how to add web content and upload files and its integrations with other tools. (10-15 minutes)
Time to launch a sample Nearpod lesson for attendees to experience as students (during the lesson, sharing ideas for the types of activities and content to add into lessons, based on the subject area and grade level, including audience participation throughout) (25 minutes)
Explanation of the features/library and where to search for lessons in the library, how to expand learning to global studies and how students can create and connect with their peers. (10 minutes)
Discussion of tools which can be “smashed” with Nearpod, making lessons flow smoothly between activities in one tool, rather than needing multiple links or sign-ins. (5-10 minutes)
Time will be set aside for helping attendees to create a lesson and showing all of the ways to share/monitor/collaborate within Nearpod. Possible small group collaborations (25 minutes)
Additional time will be set aside for attendees to interact and to build a lesson using Google Slides if interested. The presenter can help with questions and show additional examples and share resources.
Time during the session will be adjusted based on questions of those in attendance, and there will be time provided to explore and interact as much as possible. Many resources will be shared during the session and made available for attendees.
Contest or a game may be used at the end of the session, to share new Nearpod knowledge.

Supporting research
Stephen McClean, William Crowe; Making room for interactivity: using the cloud-based audience response system Nearpod to enhance engagement in lectures, FEMS Microbiology Letters, Volume 364, Issue 6, 1 March 2017
Dong, Y., Kavun, N., Senteney, M. & Ott, J. (2018). Interactive Presentation Tools Using Mobile Devices. In E. Langran & J. Borup (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 743-748).

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Rachelle Dene Poth, Rivervew Junior Senior High School

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