A great use of technology for teaching social skills while also giving students confidence and experience in making presentations.
Using 1:1 iPads can be tricky with middle school students. They want to access music and games, and otherwise multi-task while attempting to complete their class work. In addition, the type of students I work with will do everything in their power to avoid classwork; they also can be super anxious about talking out loud or contributing to a discussion. We want to have classrooms be more real-life project-oriented to get students interested in learning, but the students I work with need intensive structure and support; they aren’t good at independent learning. I wanted to provide a fun way for students to interact and participate in a class discussion in a safe way. Last school year I heard about an app called Nearpod, and I’ve found it to be really fun and engaging for my students.
Nearpod allows someone to create a “presentation,” and then allows others to see it on their…
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