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Updates & New Features

Drag and Drop!

Drag and Drop is an interactive activity that allows students to sort or order images and text sequentially or in thematic groups. It’s a great way to have students model their thought processes in real time. Check out this video to learn more about this great new feature!

What is Nearpod?

Nearpod takes your static slide deck presentation and turns them into robust classroom activities. With Nearpod, teachers can easily add quizzes, drawing activities, virtual reality, and more to their lessons. When launching a Nearpod lesson, teachers can chose who controls the pace - the students or the teacher. If the teacher is in charge, they will have access in real-time to students' answers, making it easy to see who is getting it - and who isn't. Modesto City Schools has a district-wide license to Nearpod, meaning teachers have access to all the newest features and never have to worry about hitting gated content. Get started on your Nearpod journey today!

ISTE Standards

Nearpod aligns with the following ISTE Standards:

1.1a-d Empowered Learner: Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving, and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.

2.5c Create Innovative Learning Environments: Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning

ISTE Standards for Students | ISTE Standards for Educators1

How to Login

Nearpod is available for teachers in the MCS App Portal! Just sign in and look for the Nearpod tile. It lives in the EdTech Tools folder. See the image to the right for more detail.

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How to Use

Check out the videos below for quick tips on how to use Nearpod!

How teachers get started:

These four videos go through all you need to know to get started in Nearpod!

Navigating Nearpod's Homepage

Find Lessons and Videos in the Nearpod Library

Creating your First Nearpod Lesson

Launching a Lesson in Nearpod

Need some more help? Click on each topic to learn more.

Student Content:

How to use Nearpod as a Student

Student Mode on the Teacher Dashboard

Mastery & Inclusive Features

Nearpod has some cool tools to make content more accessible to all learners. Check out the videos below to learn how to add reference media to support your students. Students can even use the Immersive Reader to support their understanding of the content.

Microsoft Immersive Reader

Insert Media References

Additional Resources


Help Desk Portal

Need help with Schoology?

Create a ticket using the MCS Help Desk system!