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I could have set these tasks to be completed out of the classroom but on this occasion I chose the "student-paced" option which allowed students to do the work at their own pace and importantly, it allowed me to go around and help each pupil work on areas they found more complex. If I had chosen a "live lesson" I would have been in control and students would not have been able to go back and check the video or other useful information provided at the start of the Nearpod lesson.
Of course there are many benefits to a live lesson as well. Once students have tackled some questions the teacher can share students' work with the rest of the class. The opportunity therefore to promote discussion and collaboration is greatly enhanced via tools such as Nearpod and the ensuing progress that students are able to make is also further improved.
Analytics are also available as you can see below. Such fast, easily accessed information on your students' progress is to be highly valued and makes tools such as these vital in this day and age when time is of the essence.
Sadly, my trial period which enabled me to use the student-paced lesson is now at an end. Nonetheless, I shall continue to use the live lesson feature and having attended the ATI17 conference which is all about 'pushing the boundaries of technology in education' I have been reminded of a number of other great tools that have similar functions. More on these in my next blog...
What tools do you like to use that enable you to differentiate in this way and that provide you with great detailed feedback from your pupils? Let me know in the comments box below.