Floater Tool Evaluation 1 (done)

Tool Evaluations

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Create lessons that your students will love on nearpod.com!

Software: Presentation, used on the web

Primary Users: Presentations created by teachers to present, students interact with them during the presentation

Appropriate Audience: K-12

Price: Free to sign up! Ready-to-teach lessons are available for purchase, prices range depending on how many lessons are provided in the bundle

FEATURES INCLUDE:

  1. Incredible amount of lessons available for free and for purchase, provides option to filter and search for specific lessons (see image below).Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 7.16.31 PM.png
  2. Sorts lessons for you (New, Featured, Top Free, etc..)
  3. Ability to create own slides and add to library. Allows teachers to add:
    • Slides
    • Content
    • Activities
    • Audio
    • Video
    • Image
  4. Can create colorful and engaging slides on a different app and upload them to the slide as an image
  5. Allows you to create quizzes within the presentation in order to gauge student understanding of the material. These short quizzes can also be used as pre and post-assessments.
  6. Give presentation in real-time, teacher can see which students are interacting and access results immediately.

Ability to maintain interest:

Near pod’s ability to maintain student interest is high. This is because it involves the implementation of short quizzes and activities in the presentation. This encourages active engagement from the students because they know they will be assessed on what they are learning.

Ease of use:

Nearpod is generally easy to use. It requires some experimentation with creating your own presentations. Many options are available and I definitely experimented with them before I decided on which I wanted to include in the presentation.

Presentation process is fairly easy, students will simply have to enter an access code on their devices and then be entered into the ‘live session’.Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 8.05.15 PM.png

Alternative software:

Pear deck also allows the incorporation of assessments in presentations. Nearpod is a bit easier to use, access to other lessons is also easier and more convenient on Nearpod. These are not available on the free version of Peardeck.

Relative advantaScreen Shot 2017-03-01 at 8.15.43 PM.pngge:

Nearpod has a relative advantage. It is much easier to engage students and encourage them to pay attention to lessons during presentation of them. Lessons are available to teachers who may need assistance or ideas for their lessons. For example: 1st grade essentials is available for purchase on this site, it includes 56 lessons!

 

Classroom Applications:

Teacher has difficulty assessing students during lessons

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A lesson on the Dime may look like this. There are three different forms of assessment incorporated. The first two are simply and ask: “What is this coin?” “How much is a dime worth”, and are followed by the lesson. The last two questions ask: “How much is a dime worth”, and then asks students to apply their knowledge with, “If Joe has 5 dimes, how many cents does he have?”. Students responses are seen by the teacher immediately and lesson can be altered based on them.

Something goes wrong! The teacher is sick and the substitute needs a lesson.

No problem! The teacher or substitute can simply search for a lesson. The teacher can have a lesson already provided and pre-written for the substitute to use. Although they cost money, they can be utilized effectively in the classroom. Teacher can also access the assessment results later.

 

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