How I Use It
I have used Nearpod to introduce new topics and keep them engaged. I imported a PowerPoint presentation into Nearpod and added to the lesson. The most exciting part that the students loved were the interactive features like the virtual field trips, quick quizzes and drawing opportunities. It was difficult when students took a while to respond, so I use the timer feature as a countdown to keep them moving.
I wish that more teachers at my school used Nearpod in their classrooms. I polled the class after my initial lesson and their overall response was extremely positive. I like the ability to use both Google Slides or Power Point presentations. Engagement was the first hook in the lesson. I made lessons that include student interaction, thereby making them active participants in the lesson. Nearpod address every aspect of the TPACK model. It helps teachers utilize a technology to improve content knowledge using the best pedagogical skills. I also deeply appreciate the diverse cartoons used in the app. My only difficulty is the cost. The good stuff isn't available in the free version.