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May the 4th be with you, 2021


“A next-level student experience Nearpod VR is!” - Yoda 

(Disclaimer: this was not actually endorsed by the real Yoda from the stars wars saga.)


Nearpod VR

A long, long time ago in a district filled with innovation, there was one tool that quickly rose to power. 

Nearpod became a one-stop shop for student learning and teacher efficacy. Students are now able to explore the world around them without leaving the classroom. Nearpod VR gives teachers the ability to create virtual field trips at no cost to them. 


HOW to use:

  1. Log in to nearpod.com with your WSD.net account.
  2. Find a ready-to-use vr field trip lesson
    1. Click on nearpod library
    2. Search “VR” or something more specific with VR and browse the hundreds of lessons all ready to go.
    3. You can narrow your search by selecting options in the sidebar.


  1.  Create your own VR Field Trip
    1. Select Create -> lesson
    2. Click -> Add content & activities
    3. Select VR Field Trip
    4. Search for your destination and select an image you want to use
    5. You can add other nearpod activities and slides to create your own virtual tour for your students!
  2. Viewing Methods
    1. This works best if you have VR viewers and devices with the nearpod app. 
    2. Mobile devices with the Nearpod app work great as students can move the device to look around.
    3. Nearpod VR can also be used on the screen of Chromebooks and navigated with a mouse cursor.



Ready to use lessons



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Back in February our last tech tip focused on Nearpod’s Time to Climb as an alternative to Kahoot or Quizizz.  Along with Time to Climb there are two other options we would like to share that are on the approved list and are sure to provide you and your students with hours of exciting game based learning.  Also, their names are just as cool and unique as Kahoot.  These two game-based learning platforms are Gimkit and Blooket.  

Game Modes

Using Gimkit and Blooket

If you have used Kahoot before, then Gimkit and Blooket will be fairly easy to navigate.  You can sign up for both using your Google login.  Both of them have a discover quiz feature to find ready-made quizzes and once you are ready to play a code will be given to the class for them to join.  The major difference might be that Gimkit and Blooket have a variety of game modes that you can try.  With Gimkit there are modes such as Trust No One where students actually get to play a game similar to Among Us as a class.  You as the teacher get to set the number of imposters and adjust other settings before the game starts.  Blooket offers a couple such as Tower Defense and Battle Royale mode where students compete against each other with the quiz you have selected.  There are too many modes to explain here, so go and try some in your classroom to see which ones your students like best.  Like Kahoot, you can always start a match and join with a second device yourself to test it out beforehand.  Another difference between Kahoot and these game learning platforms is that students earn points and can use their points as they compete to do things like freeze another player’s screen for 30 seconds or purchase other items to help them win. Take a look at these quick start videos for Gimkit and Blooket.

Differences Between Gimkit and Blooket

Blooket has more of a Time to Climb feel as can be seen in the image above.  Students choose an animal to represent them before they play.  The biggest difference is probably seen in the versions that are offered.  Gimkit’s Pro version is free for the first 14 days as a trial.  After my 14-day trial expired I was offered another 14-day trial because I hadn’t decided to upgrade yet.  That’s 28 days that will practically get you to the end of the school year.  Without the upgraded version only 5 people can join.  Blooket on the other hand is free to use for now.  The upgraded version will give you reports and other features, but this isn’t necessary to allow your whole class to play.  Blooket also allows importing from Quizlet during quiz creation.  Enough explaining, go and start Gimkitting, or Blooketing, or whatever you call playing these game-based learning platforms in your classroom.

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Congratulations to our grand prize winners of the Nearpod challenge! In the end, Emily Judkins won with the top score of 8711 points, and Jaylyn Keoppel won our Tweet it out challenge. We’d like to thank all those who participated in the challenge--keep reading these tips for more challenges and prizes! 

Creative Sparks 

Record a Presentation in Video

It’s not uncommon to have students create presentations. However, giving students time to present isn’t always possible. There are many tools that can be used to record a presentation, but most take time to learn. This is where Adobe Spark steps in. With Spark Video you can quickly and easily create a quick video complete with your own voice on each slide. Watch this quick video to see the process. Adobe Spark is available for all students k-12 and works on Chromebooks. Students can also create their own slides directly in Spark Video. The videos are intended to be short, think under 5 minutes. Try it with your students today.


Adobe Education Exchange

Wanting to learn more about using an Adobe Tool or would like to see lesson plans from other teachers? Adobe has a place that is full of great resources for teachers. You can search and filter by subject, education level,  or products used. Many of the lesson plans have presentations and resources along with complete lesson plans. All secondary students in the district have a Creative Cloud License and all elementary students have access to the Spark tools. 

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We’d like to finish up our  Nearpod-themed month with a challenge! What we really want to see is you using Nearpod in the classroom. Tweet an image showing you using Nearpod in the classroom (careful with student info) and use this #WeberDTL to share it. 

Nearpod Game-Based Learning 

Time to Climb Learning Activity

Time to Climb is a highly interactive gamified activity, like Kahoot or Quizizz,  within Nearpod and complies with Student Data Privacy Laws (unlike those other two.) Students race to the top of the mountain against the clock by answering multiple choice questions. Time to Climb activities are great for bell ringers, learning checks, exit tickets and more. Plus, because it’s built within the Nearpod platform, it seamlessly integrates with the rest of your lesson. 

To get started, you can find a collection of skill-based practice Time to Climb lessons. All you have to do is download the lesson and launch it with your students. These lessons are quick activities to challenge your students in a fun, competitive,  and engaging way while strengthening understanding of ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies topics across grade levels. Here’s a quick intro video on how to get started.


Convert your Nearpod Quizzes

You can convert your existing quizzes into Time to Climb activities. Simply click to edit your lesson, select the quiz you’d like to convert, click “Convert to Time to Climb” at the top right-hand corner, and you’re all set! 

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For this month we’ll be focusing on Nearpod. All teachers have full Nearpod licenses with tons of additional content available through their library. Nearpod is like the Swiss Army tool of EdTech. So many elements of teaching can be accomplished with Nearpod, yet it is familiar and simple to use. 

Nearpod Video Activity 

Add Interactivity to Any Video

Tools that can add an assessment or allow for reflection in a video clip have been around the EdTech world for a while. Think EdPuzzle, or TedEd, or the countless other tools that help make a video more like a lesson. Nearpod has the capabilities to do just that. Use Nearpod to create a video activity and add it to an existing lesson or use it as a stand-alone activity for students. Here’s a quick video on how to set up and add interactivity to a video. 

Using Nearpod with YouTube videos has a couple of added benefits. The trim tool helps to eliminate unnecessary and distracting content (smash that like button) to otherwise excellent videos on YouTube.  Another added bonus is eliminating the need for students to visit YouTube or get lost in the many suggested videos and distracting ads. Nearpod with YouTube creates a much more focused activity for all students and provides feedback on understanding within the video itself. Try creating a video for your students today.


Using Video as an Activity

Video is a powerful tool for sharing concepts, ideas, and information with students. Creating a video using your WeVideo account or the Adobe tools is a great skill to have! Here’s a quick tutorial on how to create a screencast using WeVideo. Crowdsourcing to find existing  videos on YouTube is another great way to discover information.  Advance search using filters can help to really find the best videos. 

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For this month we’ll be focusing on Nearpod. All teachers have full Nearpod licenses with tons of additional content available through their library. Nearpod is like the Swiss Army tool of EdTech. So many elements of teaching can be accomplished with Nearpod, yet it is familiar and simple to use. 

Nearpod Library 

Using the Nearpod Library

There are so many lessons, videos, and activities available in the Nearpod library that you can easily add and customize in your own library. Start by searching out a topic in the Nearpod library and use the filters on the left to fine tune your search by subject and grade level. Here’s a quick video on how to find and add videos to “My Library.” Once you have something in your library you can edit and adjust the lesson as you’d like. Take a look at all the different interactive lessons, videos, and activities. Chances are you will find a few to use this week.

Add a Nearpod Lesson to Canvas


You can add a video or lesson to your Canvas course. Start by creating an assignment as you normally would. Add an assignment title, instructions, points, and due dates. In the Submission Type field select External Tool. Click on Find. Look for Nearpod in the list. 


Find the lesson you’d like and choose Student-Paced. (You can use Live Participation if you have the students go through it with you.)  Then hit Save.  You will see a URL in the link box. If you’d like the activity to load a new tab select the box. (This is highly recommended for Nearpod Lessons.)

A student will go into the assignment and their Name information will be loaded from Canvas. This video shows you the process and what it looks like to grade the activity.

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For this month we’ll be focusing on Nearpod. All teachers have full Nearpod licenses with tons of additional content available through their library. Nearpod is like the Swiss Army tool of EdTech. So many elements of teaching can be accomplished with Nearpod, yet it is familiar and simple to use. 

Nearpod as a Quick Response 

Quick Launch for Everyday

One way to get your feet wet using Nearpod is to integrate what you are already doing in the classroom with some quick response activities. The Quick Launch tools in Nearpod are an excellent way to collect feedback from your students. You can use these to check previous knowledge at the beginning of class, do a temperature check in the middle of a lesson, or use it as an exit ticket before students leave. Really there’s no limit to when and how you can use them. Even if you don’t have a complete Nearpod lesson built you can create them with little preparation.  Watch this quick video to see an introduction to the Open-ended Question, Draw it, and Collaborate Board. This is totally something that you could use today in any lesson. 


Nearpod Lesson Library


You can quickly find full lessons in Nearpod for just about any topic, subject, or standard. Click on the Nearpod library and search for something you’d like to check out. These lessons can be added to your library, edited, and customized for your students’ needs. Use the filters to narrow down by subject and grade level to really find what you’re looking for. 

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Alan shows how to integrate Nearpod into your Google Classroom courses!

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Cayley goes over the basics to get you started with Pear Deck!

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