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Nearpod: Basic
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Microcredential ID : 2676
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Nearpod
Credits
0.5 USBE Credit

Description
This microcredential represents educators' effective use of Nearpod to support learning. Nearpod is is a powerful tool for digital instruction with robust capabilities for engagement, feedback, collaboration, and assessment. Educators who earn this microcredential demonstrate their consistent and effective use of Nearpod as a part of their instruction.
How To Earn This Microcredential
To earn this 0.5 USBE credit microcredential you will submit two of the evidence options demonstrating how you use Nearpod to support student learning. You will also complete a short reflection. Click Earn This Microcredential to learn more!
Fees
If you submit this microcredential for review, you will be assessed an administrative fee of $20.00.
Clarifications
Nearpod has both free and subscription-based tools and resources. This microcredential can be earned by educators using the free version of Nearpod. This microcredential focuses on the free active participation tools; it does not require use of the prepackaged content available with a Nearpod subscription.
Important Terms
Synchronization : During whole group instruction, presenters have the ability to control the pace at which learners move through a lesson. For individually-paced lessons, instructors can also allow learners to move through material at their own rate (asynchronously).
Background Scenario / How This Will Help You
A fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Jones, wants students to be able to define the three major rock types, sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic. She also wants her students to be able to describe how these three types of rocks are formed. Mrs. Jones uses Nearpod. She starts by having students enter what they already know about rocks and what they would like to know. She will get this feedback immediately through Nearpod. She then shows them slides about each major rock type and examples of each. This is an example of the teacher paced part of Nearpod. Next, she has a matching review for her students. This is an example of the student paced part of Nearpod. Mrs. Jones then uses foods as an analogy where students watch cooking videos to help understand how the three rock types are formed. Students work with partners and share their ideas on what food analogy they think is representing each rock type and why. Students then show what they know on the drawing screen in Nearpod using labels, images, and illustrations to create a diagram that demonstrates how each type of rock is formed and label each type of rock.
Evidence Options
Category: Preparation and Planning
Select ONE of the evidence options below to demonstrate your preparation and planning to use Nearpod to support learning.
Unit Plan: Submit a unit plan showing your integration of Nearpod as a regular part of instruction. This unit plan should demonstrate your use of Nearpod with instructional materials you have created (i.e., not a subscription-based prepackaged lesson). Your unit plan should include appropriate instructional use of at least two of Nearpod's active participation tools, e.g., Draw It, Open Ended Questions, Matching Pairs, Quiz, Collaborate, Poll, Fill in the Blanks, Memory Test, etc. In a separate section of the unit plan, include citations for research supporting your instructional approach. (See the resources section for examples to cite.)
Student Performance Data: Submit pre- and post-instruction student data from one of Nearpod's assessment tools (e.g., Open Ended Questions, Quiz, Fill in the Blanks, etc.). Student data should demonstrate meaningful student growth as a result of your use of Nearpod with instructional materials you have created (i.e., not a subscription-based prepackaged lesson). Be sure to follow your district/charter guidelines for student privacy.
Category: Implementation
Select ONE of the evidence options below to demonstrate your effective implementation of Nearpod to support learning.
Video: Submit a 6-8 minute video demonstrating your use of Nearpod to support learners during an lesson or other instructional opportunity you have created (i.e., not a subscription-based prepackaged lesson). Video should include learners using at least two of Nearpod's active participation tools, e.g., Draw It, Open Ended Questions, Matching Pairs, Quiz, Collaborate, Poll, Fill in the Blanks, Memory Test, etc. Be sure to follow your district/charter guidelines for student privacy.
Video: Submit a narrated video screencast demonstrating a lesson you have used with learners. The course should be of your design (i.e., not a subscription-based prepackaged lesson), and show student responses for at least two of Nearpod's active participation tools, e.g., Draw It, Open Ended Questions, Matching Pairs, Quiz, Collaborate, Poll, Fill in the Blanks, Memory Test, etc.
Student Work: Submit a series of annotated/captioned screenshots of student work in Nearpod. These screenshots should demonstrate your use of Nearpod to support learners during an lesson or other instructional opportunity you have created (i.e., not a subscription-based prepackaged lesson). Screenshots should show learners' use of at least two of Nearpod's active participation tools, e.g., Draw It, Open Ended Questions, Matching Pairs, Quiz, Collaborate, Poll, Fill in the Blanks, Memory Test, etc. Be sure to follow your district/charter guidelines for student privacy.
Observation Results: Submit written observation results from a colleague or administrator in which they describe the way you use Nearpod consistently and effectively to support learning. The observation results should describe your use of your use of various Nearpod active participation tools, e.g., Draw It, Open Ended Questions, Matching Pairs, Quiz, Collaborate, Poll, Fill in the Blanks, Memory Test, etc.

Review Criteria
Criterion 1: Evidence demonstrates consistent and effective use of Nearpod as a part of instruction.
Criterion 2: Evidence demonstrates creation of an original Nearpod lesson (i.e., not a subscription-based prepackaged lesson).
Criterion 3: Evidence demonstrates use of at least two Nearpod active participation tools (e.g., Draw It, Open Ended Questions, Matching Pairs, Quiz, Collaborate, Poll, Fill in the Blanks, Memory Test, etc.)
Reflection Prompts
Describe how you use Nearpod to support learners as a regular part of your instruction.
Explain how learners benefit from your use of Nearpod.
Reflect on an aspect of your your use of Nearpod you would like to strengthen or improve. What steps will you take and what supports will you need?

Review Criteria
Criterion 1: Reflection demonstrates consistent use of Nearpod.
Criterion 2: Reflection demonstrates effective and instructionally appropriate use of Nearpod.
Criterion 3: Reflection demonstrates a deliberate plan to improve instructional practice.
Resources
Nearpod Certification Course
https://dsd.instructure.com/courses/1030942
This course is available to any educator in the state of Utah through Canvas. The course was created by Davis School District.

Nearpod Pinterest Page
pinterest.com/nearpod
This Pinterest page links to a myriad of resources and examples of Nearpod's instructional uses.

Nearpod Teacher Resources
nearpod.com/blog/resources
This Nearpod's official compendium of resources and supports for educators.
Earners
Marisa Barber

Marisa Barber
Jennifer Cahoon

Jennifer Cahoon
Joanne Christensen

Joanne Christensen
Alyse James

Alyse James
Wendy Orme

Wendy Orme
Courtney Stratton

Courtney Stratton
Michael Vernon

Michael Vernon
Sheri Wilson

Sheri Wilson
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