How I Use It
Nearpod is a multifaceted tool that allows the teacher to give direct instruction and still get immediate feedback from their students. I liken it to Powerpoint but with features that allow to check for understanding in the middle of your lesson. In Math class, the teacher created a presentation by uploading a PowerPoint. To make the lesson interactive the teacher added polls/surverys, draw response questions on a blank sheet and used pictures of math problems to have the students complete a problem. The lesson ended with a built in quiz used a ticket out the door. All Students logged into the session with a pin provided by the teacher. After the lesson all the data is saved. The teacher can obtain printouts of all the student responses. They can view the responses by student or by question/activity. This allows for quick assessments and many opportunities for reteaching the material.
In 1:1 classrooms Nearpod is a tool that I would use on daily basis. I just take a powerpoint and use Nearpod to make it interactive. It does take a couple minutes to set up, especially if it is a topic that I have not yet prepared a PowerPoint for. The only issues I have experience are a lack of wifi signal in a classroom and students logging in as other people. The data does not link to a student historically, meaning I can a students progress throughout the year. The students enjoy it and I am excited to explore the "homework" feature soon.