Nearpod is an interactive instructional delivery platform that allows teachers to integrate a variety of content and activities into an online lesson seamlessly. These lessons can be used synchronously or asynchronously. There are many components that make online learning more interactive and language rich for English learners including the integration of polls, quick writes, quizzes, matching activities, video clips, teacher recorded audio, and opportunities for students to record their oral responses.
Nearpod is centrally-funded for all middle- and high-school students, and can be purchased for use in at the elementary school-level.
Nearpod has many integrations with excellent content and interaction providers, such as PhET simulations and the Desmos Graphing Calculator. These are all safe and approved for use with students, except Flipgrid. Flipgrid collects information about students and does not meet our Legal and Privacy requirements, and must not be used with students.
Curricular Uses, Resources, & Tutorials
Teachers of all disciplines use Nearpod to curate lessons in order to reduce the number of tech applications used during and interactive lessons, both synchronous and asynchronous lessons. The goal of Nearpod is to promote student engagement and interaction with content and checks for understanding. Specially curated lessons for English learners are included.
Teachers can use Nearpod to deliver instruction, assess student learning, and facilitate collaborative learning experiences for students. These projects build content knowledge and 21st century skills, including the following digital learning competencies described in SFUSD's Digital Learning Scope & Sequence.
Use Virtual & Augmented Reality (VR / AR) tools to expand one’s horizons and depth of understanding of the sciences, history, culture, geography, etc.
Use graphing software to graph functions, plot data, evaluate equations, explore transformations, solve problems, and create designs.
Take an interactive tour of Nearpod for an overview of its features.
Watch this short video for an overview of what teachers and students can do with Nearpod.
Learn how to teach remotely with Nearpod.
Learn how students can join Nearpod lessons.
Common Sense Media Aligned Lessons
The following topics and lessons will help students use Soundtrap effectively and responsibly.
News and Media Literacy
Identify credible & trustworthy sources of information, consider legal and ethical aspects of using the creative work of others, and apply this knowledge as they create & curate digital content. Common Sense Media lessons addressing news and media literacy
Coaching and Support
Please visit Nearpod's resources site for their training materials.
Professional Learning Opportunities:
Have questions or need support? Contact Amy Gottesfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org (secondary) or Miguel De Loza email@example.com (primary). You can also submit a help ticket by visiting help.sfusd.edu or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org