I feel silly even posting this – it’s so simple and obvious, surely everyone who has used Nearpod in the mathematics classroom has already thought of this!
Today, at 6:45am as I flipped my head upside-down to blow dry my hair, the idea flooded my brain like a bolt from the blue – make a simple Nearpod “template” if you will, and use it to virtually “send every kid to the board” to do a problem during homework review. Make the “template” generic enough that I can use it on a whim, as needed, anytime.
After flipping my hair right-side-up and tucking it behind my ears, I bolted to my iMac and slapped together a quick Keynote containing 2 slides, e-mailed it to myself, and uploaded the PDF to Nearpod when I got to my classroom. It goes a little something like this:
“Slide” 2 – “Drawing” Tool in Nearpod:
Slide 3 – Generic “Any Questions?” PDF slide required by Nearpod (the last slide in a Nearpod presentation can’t be an interactive feature).
I chose 3 “meaty” problems from last night’s homework (multiplying polynomials) and assigned one problem to each row of students. I asked them to use specific ink colors so I could scan through the problems quickly from the teacher view on my iPad (problem #3 was done in red, problem #10 was done in blue, and so on). Once everyone submitted their work, I “pushed” sample problems to the students for discussion. Nearpod provides a great way to address error analysis anonymously! It was also very easy for me to scan all the problems in red ink to see if everyone agreed, if all the blue ink matched, etc.
When I came home to write this blog post, I logged in to Nearpod on my iMac from the teacher side to revisit student work from today. Thankfully, everybody seemed to know what they were doing, with only minor errors, but this report feature could really come in handy when things go awry in Algebra. Here are some work samples:
And here is the view from my iMac of all the student work images from today – very cool. Student names are attached to each one, since students type their names when joining a Nearpod. Simply download them from the Nearpod site.
Since this presentation is so general, I figure I will get many miles out of it. The kids really liked the format since I presented it with the perspective that “EVERYBODY gets to go to the board!” I was that student that NEVER, EVER would have been caught dead solving a homework problem on the board in front of my peers. With Nearpod, I had a quick work sample from every kid, shared correct and incorrect samples anonymously, and every student was engaged and held accountable.