3 tips for using Nearpod’s lesson library

April 16, 2021The Nearpod Team

We know teachers want supplemental resources for their core curriculum. With Nearpod’s lesson library, teachers don’t have to leave the platform to find what they need or make additional purchases elsewhere to fill curriculum gaps. Here are three quick tips to get started using Nearpod’s pre-made standards-aligned K-12 content.

Nearpod’s lesson library is the perfect solution for those teachers who feel nervous to learn new tech, but are excited to see the benefits of an interactive lesson platform.

Use a pre-made lesson from the lesson library

Nearpod’s lesson library includes thousands of K-12 standards-aligned full lessons to provide teachers with the additional content they need to fill in curriculum gaps and make lessons interactive.

Teachers no longer need to search for supplemental content and find ways to make worksheets and downloadable files more engaging. With Nearpod, teachers get all the benefits of premade standards-aligned content, built right into an interactive platform. With Nearpod’s 11+ interactive ways for students to show what they know and 13+ types of engaging media embedded right into lessons, you’ll wonder how you ever taught without it.

One of the best ways to jump into using Nearpod is to experience it for yourself first and a premade lesson is a great way to save time creating a lesson on your own. Instead you can focus on finding standards-aligned content through our standards-based search function, and add the lessons you like to your own library. When you’re ready, launch the lesson and watch how Nearpod’s interactive platform creates an impact in your classroom with your students.

After your lesson, head to your reports to find post-session reports you can share with other colleagues via email, or download as PDF and CSV files for your own grading and records. Through these reports, teachers can print and share data on how the entire class did on a lesson, or create reports on individual students.

Customize a lesson

We know teachers love to take their supplemental content to the next level. When you’re feeling ready to create some content of your own in Nearpod, an easy way to save time is to customize a pre-made lesson with your own resources or with quick Draw It, Matching Pairs, and Time to Climb gamified quizzes from our activity banks.

Find a pre-made lesson you love and customize it in three different ways:

  1. Go through the slides and activities in a pre-made lesson and cull them to focus on just what you  need for your classroom and students. Change the question wording or math problems to be a perfect fit for what you need from your content resources in the classroom.
  2. After you’ve perfected your lesson to present the content exactly how you want, you can add in existing power points, PDFs, or other resources you’ve always loved into a lesson.
  3. Finally, teachers can add quick checks for understanding with Nearpod’s activity banks. These pre-made standards-aligned activities are the perfect way to customize a lesson. Nearpod’s activity banks are a great way to create engaging and interactive lessons while saving time. Here are 5 ways you can get started using Nearpod’s activity banks.

Create your own lesson and keep it in your library for the future

Many teachers have developed content resources to support their lessons. Instead of using pre-made content, teachers can upload the resources they already have into Nearpod to create lessons and then store those lessons organized in folders and use them for years to come.

Whether you have worksheets you’d like to digitize, PowerPoints you’d like to make interactive, videos, PDFs, Google Slides, or web content from other online resources, Nearpod can take all of those resources and combine them into one engaging and interactive lesson. 

When you combine the resources you already have with Nearpod’s interactive formative assessment types and engaging media, you turbocharge your content.

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