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Nearpod

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What is Nearpod?

Nearpod is an online presentation and polling application, which allows users to upload existing presentations (e.g. PowerPoint) as well as create new ones from scratch. Nearpod provides the ability to add interactive features such as quiz questions, polling, drawing questions and many more. Teachers can share their presentations with students by providing the presentation ‘Pin’ for the session using computers or mobile devices.

How it works

 

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What devices are compatible with Nearpod

Nearpod is compatible with most iOS devices including iPod, iPhone and iPad running iOS 5 or higher, but we strongly recommend to update your device to the latest iOS and ensure you have the latest Nearpod app installed on your device.

Nearpod officially supports the following devices on the Android platform: Samsung Galaxy Tab 7″ and 10″, Nexus 7″ and 10″, and Nook HD. On devices with screens smaller than 7″ Nearpod will only run the Student view.

For desktops, laptops and Android devices not currently supported by the Android app, use a web browser such as Chrome or Firefox (Internet Explorer is not supported) and go to nearpod.com/web.

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How to set up a Nearpod account?

If you have an account already, log into Nearpod. If not, please go to http://nearpod.com/signup and then fill out the form and click on ‘Sign Up’.

NOTE: Students will not need a separate account or login credentials to access your presentations. You will share with them a unique PIN for your session.

What do I get with the Silver (free) Nearpod account?

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For more details, click here.

How to use Nearpod main menu

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How to create a Nearpod presentation

  1. Click on the ‘Create’ button on the main menu
  2. You can simply drag and drop your existing PowerPoint presentation or create a presentation from scratch by clicking on Add Slide > Add Content > Slide

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How to add content to your presentation

  1. Login to your Nearpod account
  2. Click on ‘Create’ button on the Home main menu
  3. If you wish to add content to one of your existing published presentations, go to ‘My Library’ from the Home main menu, hover your mouse over your your presentation, click ‘Edit’ and then click on ‘OK’ to confirm that you want to unpublish your presentation
  4. Click on ‘Add Slide’
  5. Click on ‘Add Content’
  6. Choose the content you wish to add
  7. You can re-arrange the slides,  but remember that the first and last slides must be static, non-interactive slides.
  8. Publish your presentation

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Slide: You can upload a PDF or image to add one or more slides to your current presentation…[more]
Video: You can upload a video (up to 10 MB in MP4 format and up to 3 minutes long) or embed a YouTube video…[more]
Audio: You can upload an audio file into your slide…[more]
Slideshow: You can upload series of images as a slideshow as opposed to one per slide in the presentation….[more]
Field Trip (by 360 Cities): You can insert a 360 degree panorama image to your presentation. There are numerous images of 360 cities to choose from…[more]
PDF Viewer: Upload a PDF file for students to view during a presentation. Online PDFs are self-paced features!…[more]
Live Twitter Stream: You can display your live Twitter stream on a slide…[more]
Note: Field Trip, PDF viewer, Live Twitter stream and embedding YouTube video are premium features available only to Gold and School users, although Silver/Free users can try it for a limited time.

What does 'Free Trial' mean?

Some of the content and activities are labelled as ‘Free Trial’, this means if you have a free account (Silver user), you can trial these content and activities for a few weeks. If you wish to use them for a longer period, you will need to upgrade your Nearpod account. Click here to upgrade your Nearpod account.

What type of files can you upload to your Nearpod Presentation?

Nearpod accepts PDF, PPT, PNG and JPG for slides and reference images. Image files in any other formats can be saves in any of the aforementioned formats before uploading into Nearpod. Videos can be MP4, MOV, FLV, OGV, AVI or MPG. Audio files can be MP3, WAV, AIFF, OGG and AAC.

How to add activities to your presentation

  1. Login to your Nearpod account
  2. Click on ‘Create’ button on the Home main menu
  3. If you wish to add activities to one of your existing published presentations, go to ‘My Library’ from the Home main menu, hover your mouse over your your presentation, click ‘Edit’ and then click on ‘OK’ to confirm that you want to unpublish your presentation
  4. Click on ‘Add Slide’
  5. Click on ‘Add Activity’
  6. Choose the Activity you wish to add
  7. You can re-arrange the slides,  but remember that the first and last slides must be static, non-interactive slides.
  8. Publish your presentation

 

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Open ended question:  Quick way to get real time checking for understanding….[more]
Poll: Survey your audience and reveal poll results in real time. There is no option for correct/incorrect answers…[more]
Quiz: Provide a series of test questions for participants to answer at their own pace and track their progress…[more]
Draw it: Have students draw over a blank canvas or over an image. Choose which ones to share with the group…[more]
Fill in the blanks: Helps students to learn how to build complete sentences…[more]
Memory Test/Matching Pairs: You create 6, 8, or 12 pairs that match with each other. You can include images on the pairs as well…[more]
TIP: Look for the settings icon to add even more customisation to your interactive features.  Example: You can add a reference image for question or have short answer responses instead of multiple choice questions.
TIP: The Draw It feature has great potential across all curricula.  Examples include: annotating over a passage, drawing/labelling a map, solving a maths problem, balancing chemical equations, and more.
Note: Fill in the blanks and Memory Test/Matching Pairs are premium features available only to Gold and School users, although Silver/Free users can try it for a limited time.

How to add web content to your presentation

The web content feature allows you to add websites to your presentation to share with your students so they can navigate at their own pace.

  1. Login to your Nearpod account
  2. Click on ‘Create’ button on the Home main menu
  3. If you wish to add web content to one of your existing published presentations, go to ‘My Library’ from the Home main menu, hover your mouse over your your presentation, click ‘Edit’ and then click on ‘OK’ to confirm that you want to unpublish your presentation
  4. Click on ‘Add Slide’
  5. Click on ‘Add web content’
  6. Type a URL to share a website so that your students can navigate at their own pace.
  7. Click ‘Save’, your slide will automatically appear in your presentation. To rearrange your slides, simply drag & drop each slide to where you would like it to appear…[more]

Note: Web content is a premium feature available only to Gold and School users, although Silver/Free users can try it for a limited time.

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How to use 'On The Fly' feature

Sometimes teachers spend hours preparing instructional materials, but still constantly improvise and adapt instruction as they teach. On The Fly feature enhances teachers’ ability to respond instantly to student needs — Teachers can now add multimedia activities and assessments to their Nearpod lessons while teaching!

If your students seem confused and you want to check for understanding with a quick quiz question, On The Fly feature allows you to quickly add a quick question or direct your students to a particular website without having to make significant changes to your presentation.

To use On The Fly feature, simply click on the Nearpod logo on the top and select from the drop-down menu what you would like to add to your presentation. This will also be added to your report …[more]

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How to allow students to take notes with Nearpod

The new note-taking capabilities in Nearpod support both of these activities: students can record and capture what they are learning right alongside slides and activities, and can export a copy of the presentation with their notes for later review.

  1. Login to Nearpod account
  2. Tap on your profile picture (top left) to display the account menu
  3. Select ‘Edit Profile’ to display the account settings
  4. Click on the the ‘Advanced’ tab and activate this feature…[more]

 

Note: Nearpod Notes is a premium feature available only to School users.

How to publish your presentation

In order to share your presentation with your students, you will need to publish your presentation and make it live. There are several ways to publish your presentation, below is one of the methods:

  1. Login to your Nearpod account
  2. You should automatically be taken to ‘My Library’
  3. Click once on your presentation you wish to publish and then hover the mouse over the publish icon
  4. Click on ‘Publish’ icon
  5. You will be asked to choose a grade and subject for your presentation
  6. Click on ‘Publish’ and wait until your presentation is published…[more]

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How to launch a Nearpod presentation and share it with your students

When you are ready to deliver your presentation and share it with your students, you’ll need to make your presentation ‘live’ after it has been published.

  1.  Login to your Nearpod account
  2. You should be taken to ‘My Library’ page, if not, click on ‘My Library’ button on the Home main menu
  3. Hover your mouse over the presentation you wish to launch, if you do not see a particular presentation, make sure it has been published.
  4. Click on ‘Live Session’
  5. Ask your students to launch the Nearpod app on their devices and provide them with the PIN that corresponds to the presentation and have them type it into the student PIN entry field
  6. Swipe to the left once so that your students are able to sign in
  7. Continue to swipe left on your device to advance your class through your presentation…[more]
Tip: The PIN can always be found on the top-left area of the teacher’s Nearpod screen.
Tip: Presentations will be downloaded to the devices, so there will be a short wait time (depending on size of presentation) when students enter the presentation.

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How to set a Nearpod presentation as a homework activity

You can set a Nearpod presentation as a homework activity for students to complete at their own pace by sliding through slides and activities.

  1.  Login to your Nearpod account
  2. You should be taken to ‘My Library’ page, if not, click on ‘My Library’ button on the Home main menu
  3. Hover your mouse over the presentation you wish to set as a homework activity
  4. Click on ‘Homework’
  5. Share your homework presentation link with your students via email, social networks or by embedding in on Moodle. The message contains the PIN and link for the presentation.
  6. Once your students receive the Homework email, they can click on the link to open it or input the PIN in the ‘Join a Session’ field…[more]

Note: Nearpod Homework is a premium feature available only to Gold and School users, although Silver/Free users can try it for a limited time.

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How to access Nearpod reports

Once you have finished a presentation, you can choose to receive a report via an email by clicking on the Nearpod logo on the top and then ‘Reports’ (see image below).

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You can also choose a session or search for a session that you wish to analyse data from

  1. Login to your Nearpod account
  2. Click on the ‘Home’ button on the top left
  3. Click on ‘Reports’
  4. You will see a list of all your published presentations. Select the name and date of the presentation for which you wish to generate a report or you can click on the search icon and search for your session
  5. Select the assessment you would like to access
  6. You can download the report in PDF and CSV formats for both teacher and student view…[more]

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2 Comments
  1. Thanks Noor, I have shared this link with my students in Initial Teacher Education who have used the App this year, so they can use it in schools if they wish/have the resources

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