Nearpod in Kindergarten

Whenever I share some of the techie things I’m doing with my kindergartners, people are always…well… surprised!

“Aren’t they too young for that?” they ask. “Don’t you have to walk them through everything?”

The honest answer to both of those is…no! Hardly at all! Today’s students are digital natives, meaning that they have always lived in a world filled with technology. They practically came out of the womb using emojis and touch screens!! So no, they are definitely not too young. And once I show them an app once or twice, they totally take off on their own!

Nearpod has become one of my favorite tools for engaging and assessing my kindergartners. It takes a little front-loading as far as management strategies, but once you get them trained on signing-it, it’s a breeze! Nearpod has tons of amazing features like Virtual Field Trips, Draw It activities, Quizzes, embedded videos and photographs. I especially love using Nearpod in Science! It really brings the content to life and makes learning tangible & fun.

{Learn more about how Nearpod works here}

This week, I used Nearpod to introduce our Life Science unit on plant parts and the plant life cycle. I created a Nearpod lesson that not only gave students an overview of each part’s job, but would engaged them in a 360-degree virtual field trip inside a plant and a Harry Kindergarten song about plant parts! {One of my favorite things about this app is that I can combine lots of different media types into one sleek little presentation}

I taught this lesson as a “Live Lesson” where I controlled the pace and all student iPads were on the same slide/activity at the same time. We paused at times to discuss what they learned and answer any questions. And of course…when it was video time, they all sang along! lol

*Quick note on the Collaborate feature: Teachers have the ultimate power over the posts. Student post something off-topic or just plain inappropriate? No worries! You can delete it on the spot to remove it from the board. {You’ll see a few examples of where I did that on the board above. There’s always one…}

After the lesson, I went back into my account to pull the reports. I can review the recorded student responses, their participation percentages, and can even download this info if I need to share it with administrators or parents! Below is the quick summary from my plant lesson…

**In case you’re reading this wondering why there’s two names on each line…..We are NOT 1:1 (a girl can dream though!) so students are partnered or in groups of 3 on iPads. They type both their name AND their partner’s name when signing in so I can track participation and progress. A little collaborative learning is always a good thing. 😉

As I’ve made my classroom more student-centered, I’ve learned to embrace something called {loud learning}. Basically, it’s the idea that the more excited, talkative, and active students are during a lesson, the more engaged they are. Sitting quietly and listening may symbolize compliance but it doesn’t guarantee that a student is actually learning. Nearpod makes my class loud, and a little organized chaos-ish at times, but OH MY GOODNESS are those kiddos engaged! They’re giggling, smiling, talking, and having fun. I almost feel like I’m tricking them into learning sometimes because they just see it as play!!

Want to give Nearpod a try? Check out my lesson with the link below or create one of your own! Share you experiences in the comments below.


  1. Allison Crisp

    15 September

    How much time would you say it takes to set up your lessons and units?

    • Elementary Geek

      21 October

      It really depends. If I start with an existing Nearpod lesson and just modify pieces, I’d say no more than 30 minutes. If I create the whole thing from scratch, probably more like an hour.

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