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Technology Teaching Tools

Technology Teaching Tools are short, online, asynchronous modules highlighting a technology teaching tool along with relevant pedagogical implementation strategies. Some of the CIRT Technology Tools discussed below rely on freeware downloads. Prior to utilizing these technologies, you are encouraged to understand the potential risks associated with freeware; see the article "Why Free Software Downloads Aren't Always Safe" for an overview of key considerations.


  • Nearpod has 2 main components. First it is a delivery system that allows a teacher (1) to send content to students on a variety of platforms, such as laptops, tablets, and phones, (2) collaborate in real time with students, and (3) assess student performance. Secondly, Nearpod has headsets available that provide a virtual reality experience for viewing video content.

Pedagogical Ideas

This technology can be used in the classroom to:

  • Create multimedia content – Teachers create multimedia content that can include videos, images websites, and interactive features, including lectures. Existing presentation are for K-12.
  • Share content – Teachers can share course content with students. Students receive content on their devices in real time and participate in class activities, and respond. They can also receive the content on their own schedule.
  • Assess work – Teachers can see student responses in real time. They can also find a summary of student responses on the Nearpod website which allows for later assessment.
  • Analytics – Teachers can assess not only individual students, but can examine class-wide performance, for example to get an idea of the effectiveness of various class components.
  • Virtual Reality – The headphones are essentially high-tech delivery devices for videos. They are not essential, but they can enhance the experience of watching the content.

How do you utilize this technology in your classroom?

Please share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions for utilizing this technology to foster effective teaching and learning.

How valuable is this technology for fostering teaching and learning?

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