How I Use It
I taught a lesson on parts of a computer at the beginning of the year. I created the lesson using Nearpod at home on my desktop computer. My presentation was for k-2 so I recorded a video of myself telling about the parts of the computer. When the students view the video, they had to have their own set of earphones so they could hear the video. For classes without earphones, it quickly became chaotic and students were distracted. Then I created a diagram where the students had to identify the parts of a computer and submit it to me. I learned with young students to have students just draw lines from a word to the diagram using the draw screen in Nearpod. After the students submitted their finished diagrams, I was able to share out specific examples without names included to further the discussion of parts of the computer. I was able to see instantly who understood the parts and who didn't.
I am a huge fan of Nearpod. It seems to be intended for the 1 to 1 classroom, but could be used in a small group setting where each student has a device to use. I love that Nearpod will keep data complete with names. The bank of lessons are helpful to, although some of them come with a cost. The free version of Nearpod is fine for beginning teachers, but I have found that it is quite limiting. Creativity is not required to build a Nearpod presentation, which can be good for beginning users. A yearly subscription provides more opportunities to use Nearpod, specifically the homework feature. This idea can bridge the gap between our classrooms and the kids who have frequent absences. Nearpod is not ipad specific so any device can connect to it at school or at home.