How I Use It
I use Nearpod when presenting a new concept to my students. Essentially I use it instead of a powerpoint or other slide deck. Students are able to follow along on their iPads rather than have to watch the screen. In addition, as a teacher, I am able to insert interactive elements such as a quiz or open response so that students aren't just passively taking in information. I received realtime information on student responses and so could tailor my instruction to meet their needs. I can see which students are on the app, when they left to go to a different app, I was able to see this as well (which is helpful for when you have to monitor students to make sure they are on-task and/or are using tech appropriately.)
Students also completed Nearpod assignments as homework, moving at their own pace though I didn't find this as useful.
Nearpod has a lot of interesting preloaded Nearpods for subscribers to use though I didn't end up using any it.
I used this a lot at the beginning of the year but since I don't do a lot of presentations using slide desks, I started using other online resources. In addition, uploading my pre-made presentations took a while--since some of them are very image heavy, I would have to divide them into more than one Nearpod. If my teaching involved more presentations, I would probably use this resource more often.
I liked that every student could see the presentation on his/her device, that they couldn't leave the Nearpod app without me knowing, and the ability to get realtime feedback on student understanding. My school has a gold account for the teachers who teach students with ipads, and we were well supported by Nearpod, receiving in person training and online support.
My students were engaged overall but we had to wait until every student had completed a quiz or question before moving on which made the process slower (and made students less engaged). This, in addition to not doing many presentations, has caused me to use less and less of Nearpod this year.