How I Use It
I used the Nearpod app to teach a geography lesson on continents to second graders. All students were given iPads and joined my lesson through the lesson code. Each slide provided them with an interactive task (i.e. typing their name, drawing a picture of the world, taking a poll, identifying continents). We ended up doing an AppSmash as we finished using Nearpod and explored various continents in the Google Earth app. During the lesson, the students were excited to see each other's drawings (a feature of Nearpod where the teacher can select one students' screen to show all students) and the fast paced movement of the screens kept their attention. Following the lesson, the reports were easy to access, although I would prefer to have a report that showed student-by-student data, not just as a class.
Nearpod is awesome! If you have a premade PowerPoint, it's very easy to insert your lesson into the Nearpod website, then insert assessment checkpoint slides throughout. Even creating lessons from scratch, like my geography lesson on continents, proved relatively easy to complete. Sharing lessons through Nearpod with other teachers has been quirky in the past, but hopefully that will be a smoother process with future app updates. I believe Nearpod is an excellent choice when merging instruction and assessment into one lesson.