Nearpod

Video

In A Nutshell

Nearpod is a must-have platform that enables teachers, schools and districts to create engaging learning experiences by providing interactive presentations, collaboration, and real-time assessment tools into one integrated solution.

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Ideas

  • Use Nearpod as a blended learning tool to provide students with a personalized learning path
  • Use Nearpod to flip your classroom
  • Use Nearpod to create awesome sub plans that will assure delivery of content to your students even while you’re away
Notable Feature

Use Collaborate as a springboard to class debate and incorporate student voice into the classroom with ease. Learn more…

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Price:

Free for the Silver Version. Paid versions available via individual, school, or district subscription.  Learn More…

What is Nearpod?

Nearpod is the go-to tool for interactive presentations and assessments. At the Nearpod website, teachers create their own multimedia presentations or use an extensive and growing library of pre-made offerings (many CCSS-aligned and some at a cost). Teachers can create from scratch or drag and drop files to modify. They can upload videos, images, audio clips, and PDF files and can embed multiple-choice quizzes, slide shows, polls, Draw Its (students write directly on a slide), collaboration boards, and open-ended questions. Teachers launch the presentation and monitor progress either from the website or through the app. Using the Nearpod app on their devices, students input their names to access the content and submit responses.  – Common Sense Media

What is the value of Nearpod?

The presentations provide opportunities for skill development across the curriculum and multiple ways to improve student learning. As an assessment tool, Nearpod provides immediate feedback and opportunities for re-teaching. When students receive quiz scores, they can ask questions to clarify errors in their understanding of the content instead of waiting for a paper copy to be handed back. As a presentation tool, students move through content at their own pace, which allows for differentiation. Teachers may also choose to provide students with different presentations to further personalize instruction. Using it as an engaging interactive tool, students complete polls or post ideas and images to a collaboration board, and results are immediately available for classroom discussion and up-voting. Using it as a homework tool, students can access the assignment outside of the classroom on their own device using the free app or the website. They respond to open-ended questions that the teacher can review online and use to prepare follow-up lessons based on areas of need. Finally, teachers can use it as an instructional tool, projecting student work for the class to discuss, review, or evaluate individual responses.

When direct instruction is a necessity, Nearpod offers a fantastic way to increase student involvement. It would be nice to see some additional collaborative features like a back channel or group annotation capabilities. It would be great if students could create presentations as well. – Common Sense Media

Brainpop

BrainPop

In A Nutshell

Brainpop is an online repository of games, videos, lesson, and other learning tools that help engage learners on various topics.

Ideas

  • Use a BrainPOP video as a “hook” and get students excited about a particular topic.
  • Assign a BrainPOP video for students to watch at home and then spend the next day discussing what they watched.
  • Utilize the activities and challenges to help extend learning for students.
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All resources vetted by educators and experts in education.

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Price:

$195/year

What is Brainpop?

Brainpop is online repository of videos, activities, games, and other learning tools geared towards K-12 students. Can be used on both iPads and chromebooks.

What is the value of Brainpop?

It helps support educators by providing an engaging medium that is both fun and informative for students. Has hundreds of different learning components that also work with primary students and ELL students.

How do I use Brainpop?

IXL

In A Nutshell

IXL is an adaptable learning software program for Math and Language Arts that is used to help extend and engage learning for students.

Ideas

  • Use IXL as a station in the stational rotation model for differentiation.
  • Have students reinforce skills at home with IXL.
  • Use IXL in small groups when assessing a particular topic or skill.
Notable Feature

An adaptable learning platform that places students from pre-assessments.

Price:

Free!

What is IXL?

IXL is a website that provides dynamic, engaging and adaptive activities for students in multiple subject areas. Currently PCCS has a subscription for MATH and ELA.

What is the value of IXL?

Math and ELA IXL can be used in addition to your math and ela curriculum for differentiated practice. It is an app on all iPads and can be easily found through their website when using chrome.

How do I use IXL?

Browse to www.ixl.com/signin/pccs or browse to our shortened url links.pccsk12.com/ixl

Click the blue Sign in with Google button and follow any prompts to be logged into IXL.

(Prompts will vary based on whether or not you are already signed into Google.)

If you prefer, students can still use their old usernames and passwords to log in to their account as before (we suggest you consider clicking “Remember” so that their subsequent visits might be able to have their usernames and passwords auto filled).

How to Add Students to a Roster?

Go to https://www.ixl.com/signin/pccs and sign in to your instructor account using SSO.

Click the arrow next to your name in the top-right corner to open your account menu, then select Roster.

Once you are viewing your Roster, scroll down to the bottom and click on Add students.

Enter student details in either the Last name, First name, or Student ID number fields.

If an account has already been created for your student, you will be able to click on their name from the yellow highlighted section that appears as you begin to type into a single field. This will prevent duplicate accounts from being created! Please be patient; it may take a few seconds for the match to appear.

Once you have clicked on the student’s name that appears highlighted in yellow, that student will automatically be added to your roster and you will be able to track their progress in your Analytics.

How Do I Add New Students?

After confirming that a student does not an account (see step 4 on previous slide), you may create a new account for a student.

If you create an account, please be sure to include the student’s Google email address so that they in turn will also have the option of logging in via Google SSO.