Several years ago a colleague that is no longer with our division brought Nearpod to my attention. Nearpod helps facilitate instruction by integrating presentations with opportunities for students to provide feedback using computers, tablets, or smartphones. I loved it from the very "get-go"!
Recently with the availability of Google Cardboard I have been searching for ways to instructionally use virtual reality with my students. The ITRTs in our division applied for the Google grant to get devices into our students' hands. Google denied me so the hunt continued. I was really excited to see Nearpod pop up again in my Facebook feed one day. Using the same technology as Google Cardboard apps Nearpod has combined VR (virtual reality) with the ability for students to provide feedback on the trips they are taking. If you do not have Cardboard devices, this does work well on tablets. There are over 25 different fieldtrips and most of them are free. The ones that are not free are merely $4.
This would be even better if they allowed you to add your own panos. WHICH, BTW, they say is a future functionality.
Plus, this works well with Google Classroom. I think I am in love. . .
Oh man! Does it ever feel good to be posting again. I seldom have time anymore. Anyway, I wanted to share this resource with you that I created. It is a Google Slide assignment on evaluating websites. When it opens, you will need to click on FILE and then MAKE A COPY to add this to your drive.
Today for the first time this year I have had time to just explore and create. I attended a Google Summit today held in Saudi Arabia by using the translate tools included with Google. (Some of the sessions were in English.) And I never even left Amherst!!!!
Here are two exit cards I tweaked from one of the presentations. Both of the exit cards are in the same slide show. After you make a copy for yourself, if you want to use this more than once I suggest that you make a copy of the presentation each time your use it. You can also delete a slide or copy and add more slides as you set up your presentation. On each slide you will change the question to one of your own. Then send the slide out to all students so that everyone is editing the same slide. I have created a short video on how to configure this to share with your entire class.
When the students open the slide show, they will click and drag a "black dot" onto their answer choice.
Link to Exit Card
With the start of the new school year I haven't had time to post much. This year has been extremely hectic as we are moving into providing GAFE accounts for all of our students 2-12. As soon as I get everyone into their accounts life should be a little easier.
This weekend has been nice as the holiday has given me a chance to catch my breath. I spent some time browsing the net for ideas. I stumbled upon a kindergarten teacher's site that had a template for Connect Four created with Google Draw.
What she did was merely play with a class from a different state in order to show her students the power of the internet. I would like to suggest something with a little more substance. You could create content based questions and the students would have to answer the question correctly before moving a piece into play. It would really be cool to partner up with a class in a different school. In fact, let your students create the questions that will be asked of the other class.
This would make a wonderfully engaging review task!
_Hi, my name is Melanie Lewis. I am an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for Amherst County Public Schools,
located in the beautiful state of Virginia. I LOVE my job! I get to
work on my hobby, anything that has to do with computers. I get to work
with teachers and students, and I am definitely a people person. Plus,
I DO NOT have to give grades. Wonderful, huh? Let me know how I can help you better integrate technology into your classroom.
ACPS' 1st computers
I know only one thing about the technology that awaits us in the future: We will find ways to tell stories with it. ~Jason Ohler