Jul 2, 2012

Nearpod - iPad Teacher App

@KleinErin tweeted about an app called Nearpod today. This app, available for FREE in Student and Teacher versions, allows a teacher to push a presentation from their iPad to a group of student ipads with the Nearpod app installed on them.

This is something I have been waiting for for a very long time; an app that would allow the ability to share, collaborate, and poll students across the iOS platform.

Best of all, there is nothing that you need to buy. As long as you have the iPads and a wifi connection, you can use this app. All the teacher needs to do is provide their students with an access PIN that allows them to view what the teacher is presenting.

The first time I logged in, I noticed there was a "store" button. I figured it would be full of paid presentations that they wanted you to buy. But so far, the store provides a pretty good mix of free presentations (NPP Format) for download.
I also noticed that there is no button to create your own presentations. But if you visit their website, you can upgrade to the Silver edition for free. This license allows you 200MB of storage. There is a School Site License that will be coming soon.

The only drawback to using this app is that once you upgrade to the Silver Edition, you can create your own presenations but to do so you must login to the Nearpod site; you do not have the ability to create them directly from the iPad app. However, this is a small obstacle to overcome. Once you login from your PC or Mac and create your NPP Presentations, they are stored on Nearpod's site (remember you get 200MB free). I don't know how long the free upgrade will last, so you might want to check it out as soon as possible.

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