How do you get students interested in learning with all of the modern day distractions?
This educator uses tech. to connect.
Rachelle Poth has over 20 years of teaching experience. Currently she teaches foreign language just outside of Pittsburgh at Riverview Junior Senior High School in Oakmont, PA. Rachelle also teaches STEAM, an emerging technology course to a class of eighth graders. While the STEAM course is definitely modern in design and topic, Rachelle has found tools such as Nearpod that allow her to adapt even her traditional courses to be more engaging and interactive.
NEARPOD AS A TEACHING SOLUTION
Nearpod is a software meets hardware solution for the classroom which brings the teacher’s daily lesson direct to the student’s desk via handheld devices or computers. Some of Rachelle’s favorite Nearpod features are the virtual tours and real time quizzes and polls. Teachers can ask a question to the class and get real time results to display for interactive question and answer sessions.
Knowing that teaching is not a one-size-fits-all activity, Rachelle uses Nearpod to differentiate her instruction and encourage independent learning. Dynamic lesson planning and on the go changes let Rachelle make changes to the lesson plan from class to class, changing the order of exercises or tweaking a question or individual lesson component on demand. A far cry from the days of making 60 photocopies of your static, template style class handouts.
BIG PICTURE ADVICE
Nearpod is just one of the solutions Rachelle has used to connect with her students that have come of age in the era of social media, smartphones and readily available home laptops and tablets. And while innovation is generally a good thing, Rachelle advises fellow teachers to make sure that whatever solution they may be implementing, technology should always have a purpose. Students are increasingly tech savvy and even the newest bells and whistles won’t hold their interest if there isn’t a solid educational substance.
If you’d like to hear more about the various tools Rachelle Poth uses in her classroom check out her blog: www.rdene915.com. You can also connect with Rachelle via Twitter or her LinkedIn account.
Rachelle’s Blog: www.rdene915.com
NearPod's Website: www.NearPod.com