In the first and second parts of the iMedicalApps series on Nearpod, we focused on how to build an effective presentation utilizing the interactive options available. In this article, we will focus on the basics of actually giving a tutorial using Nearpod. This article assumes you can successfully create and publish interactive Nearpod Presentations.

This article will focus on how to set up and run a small tutorial session using Nearpod.

By the end of this article, you will be able to:

  • Launch a new small group tutorial using a prepared presentation
  • Control a student’s mobile devices using a teacher’s mobile device
  • Access students’ answers and share with the other students

In order to start a Nearpod teaching session, the students must all have either mobile devices or access to a computer as well as the unique presentation code. When they sign in using the app (or website), students must enter the code which will sign them in and give them access to the presentation. The teacher can see how many students are engaging with the presentation. As this is conducted over the internet, there is no need for the students to be geographically bound in any way. However, it is important to note that these presentations are only an adjunct and do not transmit audio.

At this point it is helpful to explain exactly how Nearpod works. The teacher has a master copy of the presentation which is mirrored on each of the student’s devices. The teacher can control the tutorial by swiping the presentation back and forth, which is mirrored on the devices.

The video below highlights how the student view mirrors the teachers view. The teacher can see the upcoming slides along the bottom of the screen in advance. It is also possible to jump ahead or back to slides by ‘sharing’ each slide in a preview mode.

The interactive features are activated simply by moving onto the slide. The teacher mode will display the results of the interactive feature as the student completes them while the student views the feature.

One of the most useful features is that the teacher can then share the overall results of the quiz. For images, teachers can choose individual student’s results and share them with the rest of the class. This is great for highlighting individual success or common mistakes. When students review the overall answers for the class, they also have the option of reviewing the correct answers.

The drawing feature also allows students to draw and annotate simple line diagrams. The ability to review student’s results on the fly allows teachers to understand the particular learning needs of their class. For a great video demonstration of all the above points, see Ron Bosch’s series of youtube videos (see below).

The final article in the series will identify the analytical tools available from Nearpod and also identify pros and cons to learning with Nearpod.

Just a quick disclosure that iMedicalApps and Tom Lewis (author) are not affiliated with Nearpod in any way