How I Use It
As a math teacher I want to "see" my students thought process and steps to their solution. Nearpod's ability to capture student's written work and anonymously display their artifacts is the perfect tool. Most of the time I use Nearpod to review an entire unit or a particular section. I create "draw-it" questions that require the students to solve a particular math problem on their iPad. When they submit their artifact I quickly scan their submissions and then project these select submissions back onto the students iPad. This gives me the opportunity to publicly recognize correct solution process and instantly address incorrect thought process using actual student work. The fact that students work appears in the course of our discussion makes it more engaging and useful in the way that students are learning from one another.
Sometimes I do not bother to set up actual questions in Nearpod. Instead I just create a NPP of all blank "draw-it" type questions. Then I project the questions I want on the data projector and just use Nearpod to capture student work. This is a very effective and time saving technique that still leverages this apps ability to collect and display student artifacts.
My overall opinion is that Nearpod is a wonderful tool that can embed student work and input in the conversation of a course. While creating a Nearpod can be a timely process depending on the extent of the presentation it can also be something that is used quickly on the fly to capture student thoughts.