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Engaging instruction, student centered learning, and a classroom foundation built upon creation is the goal of every educator. But, often the question is HOW do I accomplish this? How do I “change” my classroom, and design an atmosphere that is more beneficial for the many different ways students learn today?

The answer is this, become a digital risk taker, step outside your comfort zone and enter into your students’.  Give the students access to what they are familiar with, technology.  I want to talk about Nearpod today, a multi-platform tool that can help transform the way you deliver content in the classroom.  Nearpod is an app that has been around for a while, but the Nearpod Team is constantly adding new features that directly benefit teachers and their instruction, they are always looking for ways to help the teacher and student create a more digitally rich environment.

Nearpod is a resource that engages students, seamlessly incorporates interactivity, synchronizes all devices, and provides data for easy monitoring of student progress. Sounds like a dream, right? What’s not to love? Well just wait, because Nearpod has unveiled some new features that have really started some buzz!

CHECK OUT THE NEW FEATURES!!

*New Nearpod Store, Content is Growing! – Nearpod has made it a priority to provide the BEST content for student success. They are constantly looking for ways to improve their library and fill it with educational resources for all grade levels. Nearpod recently partnered with CK-12 to bring high quality, FREE, fun, and extremely interactive Science lessons into their content library. They also offer lessons for each and every content level.

* YouTube Integration Nearpod’s NEW and quickly becoming their MOST POPULAR feature:  you can now search or import YouTube Videos into your presentation straight from the application.

*Embed Nearpod Lessons- Do you have a class website or blog? Nearpod created a special feature that will allow you to embed ANY Nearpod presentation in a website or blog in just a few easy steps. This would be GREAT for homework to follow up an in class lesson that day.

*Live Twitter Stream- Social networking has become an essential part of students’ lives. A high number of teachers are using twitter to communicate, share, and ask questions. Now teachers can include their twitter streams into their classrooms for a live feedback of learning.

*PDF Viewer- Now you’re able to add PDF’s as a separate feature for students to access and navigate during a presentation.

*”Nearpodize This”- With the New Google Chrome extension “Nearpodize This” you can now turn your Google Slide lessons into Nearpod presentations and instantly share them with your students in one simple click. Download the “Nearpodize This” extension on your Chrome Browser today.

With the school year just beginning, I hope you find time to try to incorporate these new Nearpod Features into your classroom.  New experiences make for new discoveries, new discoveries make for new learnings, start discovering new learnings with your students TODAY!

About The Author

Tiffaney Lavoie currently serves as the Director of Instructional Media and Design at Edvergent Learning. An educator with a business background, she has served over 60 school districts in Kentucky as an instructional technology consultant where she developed and delivered professional learning opportunities and partnered with school and district technology rollouts. A former middle school teacher, Tiffaney has a passion for effective technology integration and recognizes the importance of accessible digital tools to support teaching and learning. She has presented on a state, regional, and national level, and values immersive digital learning environments that better equip students to compete in a global society.

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