I mentioned in a previous posts that I had the opportunity to be a part of a professional development for teachers that allowed them to explore the tech tools my district as made available to them. Since my district is part of a 1:1 iPad initiative it is helpful for teachers to understand what is available to them with apps. Hampton City Schools Information Literacy department organized a 2 day Tech C.A.M.P. (Create, Achieve, Motivate, and Prepare).
I facilitated a session on using Google Docs for writing assignments the first day which you can read about here. I also facilitated a session on Nearpod, Kahoot, and Socrative to make lessons and formative assessments more engaging for students. Any time you can add a game like quality to your instruction the students are instantly hooked. Students love competition and end up learning without even knowing it.
I love Nearpod because it takes normal PowerPoints and makes them interactive. My favorite interactive slide to use is Draw It where you can add an image and allow the students to draw, annotate, or write text right on the slide. Nearpods allow you to gauge every students understanding instead of only a few. For example instead of one powerpoint slide that asks the entire class 5 questions that only 5 students can answer…
Each student has to answer every question with the Nearpod so you can gauge the knowledge of every student. It also allows you to share that information with the rest of the students. Reports give you feedback on each student for each question.