How I Use It
I have used Nearpod for whole-class lessons in a high school English class using iPads. I simply uploaded a PowerPoint presentation that I had used in years past and added Nearpod activity slides like quizzes, short answer questions, and even drawing activities. The app worked seamlessly, even on a two-day lesson; we were able to pick up where we left off in each class period. Students were able to review what they had submitted, and I could share some responses to everyone at once for discussion.
Neapod can be used very effectively in the classroom if the teacher understands its capabilities. The app itself is not instructional, so it is up to the teacher to provide content that is meaningful to the students and provide them with opportunities to appropriately show evidence of their understanding. I liked that I could easily see if the number of students enrolled in the presentation changed (which meant that students had either left the app or allowed their iPads to go to sleep). I liked having control over how far into the presentation students were able to go, so I was able to keep the class together. I also liked that the management of the presentations is web-based, so I could work on them from anywhere. I think that the limitations are manageable and that the app is very useful.