Day 1 goals:

- explain my rules and expectations
- introduce Nearpod

**Day 1 activities:**

My students participated in a Nearpod presentation in order to become familiar with the format of Nearpod and the various types of interactive activities that can be included in a NPP. The first several sides displayed the same information that in the past I had presented with PowerPoint, such as my contact information, how much I LOVE math and hope they will too by the end of the year, supplies they will need, an overview of my teaching methods and classroom routines, and my favorite quote:

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Screenshot of the final frame of my video |

multiple choice question in Nearpod |

Day 2 goals:

- icebreaker activity to get to know each other
- become familiar with Explain Everything

Day 2 activities:

For the second day of school, I had the students interview their partner and then create an Explain Everything video about their partner. I did this same activity last year and you can read my blog post about it here for more details. The only thing I changed this year was the order of the activities. This year I started by showing them the video I made about my partner (my roommate Mr. Basso). Then I had them interview each other. When all the interviewing was complete, I had them follow along with me in Explain Everything as I demonstrated what each tool did. I gave them a few minutes to try each tool before introducing the next one. This allowed them to become comfortable with the app before they had to use it to create their video. Once I felt they were ready, I explained how I wanted the final product to be organized (I had them answer 2 of the interview questions per slide, with a total of 5 slides altogether in their video). Then they all went to work. Most students only completed 2 of the 5 slides, so we will be completing the videos on Monday. But the next time I ask them to use Explain Everything they will know exactly what to do, and this was a perfect way to get to know my new students!

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