Teacher Review For Nearpod

Great App for the BYOD Classroom

Rachelle W.
Digital Learning Specialist
Fort Settlement Middle School
Sugar Land, TX
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I love facilitating instruction with students (and teachers) using Nearpod! Our district encourages BYOD, and this application helps us meet the needs of students no matter what kind of device they have. It's available on every platform. I appreciate how it helps me by letting me know when a student has left the session. Then I am able to walk by the student and redirect them so they stay on task. I also like that I can add a variety of digital content to vary instruction and embed quizzes, polls, videos, and a draw it activity to reach the different learners in my classroom. My favorite feature is the ability to use the homework link to share with students if they need to go back and review the lesson. Finally, I like the PDF reports that I get to view student responses and to inform instruction for the next day.
My Take
I love Nearpod so much I'm one of their Nearpod Pionears! It's a great way to reach all types of learners and is a great app if you are looking for an additional tool to add to your BYOD toolkit! It helps keep students on task, and it puts teachers at ease with managing student off-task behavior. It's a great way to engage all students since you can embed questions, polls, draw it, PDFs, and videos! I like to create my own presentations, but I've also used some of the common-core aligned content available on the site by teachers. Some of the content costs but some is free. There is content for all grade levels: Pre-Kindergarten to Seniors in high school. It's a free app but there are additional features that are available with a premium paid account. The ability to share the complete Nearpod Presentation (NPP), the homework link, is only available with the paid account.