Where to Begin with Educational Technology

ammpic Ah, January! A new year full of hope and new beginnings. What better time to try something new? With so many fun and exciting widgets, programs, and gadgets in educational technology it can sometimes feel overwhelming trying to figure things out. Don’t fret, try something you haven’t done before. It will be a new adventure. There are many teachers learning something new for the first time. My advice? (Even if you didn’t ask for it) Try one new thing at a time. If you want to try something useful to you and your students, try Nearpod. Nearpod is a free teacher resource website that is compatible with Google Classroom, Remind, and social media (twitter, facebook, snapchat). There are free grade level lessons as well as lessons to purchase. You can even upload  and create your own. There are two modes for presenting, Live Lesson, or Student-Paced. You are in control of the slides displayed on student screens in Live Lesson mode. Nearpod also allows you (teacher view) to see which students are logged on and following the lesson. You can link your lessons to Google Classroom with a simple click. My favorite part about nearpod is virtual reality (VR) explorations. You don’t need a headset or Google Cardboard to take your students on a virtual field trip. All you need is your chromebook. Students can visit national landmarks, colleges, and explore the world with a 360 degree view. It’s easy to sign on with your Google account. Try it out today in three easy steps.

  1. Log on to www.nearpod.com
  2. Click on sign in with Google  
  3. Create Teacher Account

Add to your library by visiting Explore. Have fun and try something new!


Anne-Marie Mason