Recently, I’ve been using a lot of student-paced Nearpod lessons in my classroom. Just like with a live lesson, students enter a 5 letter code, but rather than the teacher leading, students pace themselves through the lesson. Teachers can use this feature to simplify differentiation, facilitate choice, or send Nearpod presentations home as homework or newsletters. Take a look at how to maximize student-paced lessons and bring these ideas to your classroom!
Duplicate to Differentiate
Differentiation can be intimidating, but the hard part shouldn’t be delivering differentiated content to your students. To easily administer differentiated instruction or practice, you can leverage Nearpod’s student-paced mode to enhance your classroom differentiation:
Offering several adaptions of a lesson is #TeacherGoals. Ex: baseline lesson, remediation, and enrichment lesson. Nearpod has over 7,500 ready-to-run standards-aligned customizable lessons. Filtering your needs in the Lesson Library by subject, resource, grade, and standards. The best part – once you download your Nearpod lesson, you can edit!
Nearpod offers the option to ‘Duplicate’ each lesson. Consider duplicating
and adapting your lessons to meet remediation and enrichment needs of your students.
Launch multiple versions of your lesson with different student-paced codes, and allow each student to independently work on their Nearpod lesson while you facilitate, host student conferences, or work in small group.
Reports to Identify Prior Knowledge
A difficult concept of differentiation is identifying the variety of student levels based on prior knowledge. An added layer of difficulty is completing this on time. Nearpod reports allows you to access student-data. Now, you’ve eliminated the need to take papers home to grade that night and assigning differentiated lessons the next day.
Consider giving a student-paced pre-assessment lesson at the start of your lesson, then access reports immediately to identify areas where students need remediation or enriched content. With off Nearpod’s easy to read reports, you can immediately group students into the appropriate student-paced lesson & centers.
Skill and Drill Centers
Create a Nearpod Student-Paced lesson built off Skill and Drill practices. What is Skill and Drill?
Very similar to memorization, Skill and Drill involves repetition of specific skills, such as addition and subtraction, or spelling. To be meaningful to learners, the skills should become the building blocks for more meaningful learning.
Set up a Student-Paced Nearpod center using Nearpod’s timers. Create a competition with your students, engage them, and reward them.
The Timer feature is available for the following activities;
- Open-Ended Questions
- Matching Pairs
If your student can learn, master skills, and have fun. You’re off to a great start!
Nearpod has over 500 ready-to-run Matching Pairs skill lessons that are great for instant, no-prep centers (and they’re all FREE)!
Student Choice Boards
Choice boards have become extremely popular with students because students choose how they will learn a concept. Teachers love this technique because choice boards keep students more engaged.
Inside each choice on the choice-board, provide a student-paced code for a unique lesson.
How to set up a student-choice board?
- Select a topic to focus on and decide what element of choice you want to provide (rigor? depth of knowledge? type of practice?)
- Create multiple lessons, tasks, or activities aligned to these choices
- Arrange the activities on the board (you can write or link the Nearpod code directly on your choice board!)
- Have students choose tasks to complete (I like to have them choose either adjacent or diagonal tasks, like a tic-tac-toe board)
Click here for a free download of a student-choice board based off Bloom’s Taxonomy.
Classroom or School Newsletter
Communicate with your parents by leveraging a Nearpod Student-Paced newsletter. Fill your newsletter with information and a variety of activities. Gather data from your audience along the way. Here are some ways to use Nearpod for your Parent Newsletter:
- Poll – identify parent volunteers for special events
- Open-Ended Question – Ask feedback for improvement
- Collaborate Board – Open the door for parents to collaborate with one another and share ideas
By utilizing a Nearpod Newsletter, parents also have the opportunity to see what their child’s classroom experience is like. This is very a powerful and transparent approach. You can also empower your students to help their parents use Nearpod, too!
Flipped Classroom / Flipped Faculty Meeting
Share codes with your students to complete the lesson either in or outside of the classroom. Students can access these lessons at any time for content review or find resources. As an administrator, coach, or in a leadership role, consider using this approach when presenting content to your teachers. Provide a student-paced code to view before a faculty meeting. Now, you can spend more time collaboratively working together and having rich discussions instead of spending the majority of the time teaching content.Take a look at how to maximize Nearpod's student-paced lessons and bring these ideas to your classroom!Click To Tweet
Nearpod’s student-paced feature opens up so many possibilities for using Nearpod in your classroom. Utilizing both student-paced and live-lessons, your student’s engagement and achievement will soar. So, are you looking to give student-paced lessons a try, yet? Test drive one of these suggestions and see the benefits for yourself!
Katie is a Personalized Learning Leader in Volusia County Schools. She helps teachers incorporate educational technology into their curriculum. She believes that students deserve an instructional practice that resonates with their daily lives, and that includes the utilization of technology. She is on a mission to promote the endless benefits that edtech can have on 21st century instructional practices.