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Nearpod: Making Lesson Planning and Administering, Easy

Secondary School, West Midlands

One secondary school in the West Midlands has seen huge success in both student engagement and tangible progress since using the Nearpod Free Trial.

 We speak to the teacher overseeing the successful implementation of Nearpod for students across Key-Stage 3 at the school.

“Since we’ve been using the full access free trial, I’ve been sure to use every feature of Nearpod while we can, as some elements weren’t available in the limited free version.”

We registered for the Nearpod free trial as soon as we saw it was available just after Christmas 2021.

I’ve used the free version of Nearpod in the past to provide guided interactive lessons for my class, which is why the Nearpod free trial caught my eye in an email.

While students were learning remotely throughout lockdown, I used Nearpod to offer live lessons, which added additional interest to the topic and kept students engaged with learning.

Another school recommended Nearpod throughout lockdown. The school suggested seeing a significant increase in engagement and learning outcomes through Nearpod.

I like that Nearpod makes my Google Slides instantly interactive and engaging for students, and it’s effortless to set up a new lesson or activity.

Since we’ve been using the full access free trial, I’ve been sure to use every feature of Nearpod while we can, as some elements weren’t available in the limited free version.

There is so much to discover and loads of great activities and features which keep students engaged and focused on the lesson or topic.

“We’ve found Nearpod to be extremely useful as a classroom learning tool.”

We’ve found Nearpod to be extremely useful as a classroom learning tool.

All of our students throughout key-stage 3 have 1:1 iPad access; therefore, setting up and executing interactive lessons for every class is made easy with Nearpod.

Nearpod makes whole class learning checks really easy to carry out. With Nearpod, unlike other learning management systems, there is no lesson opt-out option for students, so I don’t have to chase them up to see if they’re in the lesson and engaging.

Nearpod allows me to give and receive live feedback throughout the whole lesson.

With the live features of interactivity and dynamic lesson engagement through Nearpod, I feel Nearpod certainly supports all students across the entire spectrum of ability.

Nearpod is ideally suited to facilitate teacher-led activities. I conduct most of my interactive lessons using the Collaborate Board and incorporate Nearpod’s Open-Ended Questions.

“Nearpod makes whole class learning checks really easy to carry out.”

These features allow students to submit their answers and theories live to indicate their understanding of the current topic accurately. We also use the Time to Climb game to maintain engagement for those students who’ve finished their assignments early.

Nearpod absolutely provides a platform for my more introverted students to submit their answers and demonstrate their understanding of the current topic without worrying about sticking their hands up and speaking in front of the class, which can be intimidating for many of them.

I’ve noticed that many of my students who would typically zone out or not take part in lessons are more likely to remain engaged if we incorporate Nearpod activities into the lesson.

Similarly, for students who are less confident with writing but find using digital devices comfortably, Nearpod provides a platform for them to participate in the lesson and demonstrate their learning.

“I can certainly see a place for Nearpod supporting the construction and administering of term-long sequenced lessons and learning.”

I can certainly see a place for Nearpod supporting the construction and administering of term-long sequenced lessons and learning. Our new student voice policy means that all teachers upload every item of work and learning to Google Classroom so students can access work at any time.

Therefore, from now on, all students can find all assignments and work in our centralised Google Classroom work hub, and from there, they can access interactive lessons and learn through Nearpod.

I can see lots of uses for Nearpod going forward as a hybrid learning resource, such as when our key-stage 4 students go on study leave. I can see what topics they’ve been revising and interacting with through Nearpod to ensure they look at the right content and how much time they’re spending on revision.

Fundamentally, from what I’ve experienced since using the free trial, Nearpod is very useful. It allows teachers to ensure all students can engage with lessons both in class and remotely.

To register for the Nearpod Full Access Free Trial, click here.


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