How I Use It
Nearpod allows you to push out interactive presentations to the students. At its simplest it's a way to have slideshows on individual devices. If you use it only for slides, though, you're underutilizing the product. Nearpod allows you to add links, video and audio content, quizzes, polls, and more for students to interact with during the presentation. It keeps students engaged and it makes a normal slide presentation a more interactive process.
Nearpod has some limitations. The free version is limited in space, so the gold version is almost necessary. When you push out a website, students can interact with it, but when you go to the next slide (maybe for an open-ended question or brief quiz), the link disappears. This is nice b/c students can't keep messing around on sites, but if they need to look back to do the activity you do on the next slide, that site is gone. Finally, if you want fancy fonts, backgrounds, etc. you need to create your slides first in Keynote or PowerPoint and then import them in. Those limitations don't impact the final product. Nearpod allows students to be more present in a presentation, and that's what's most important.