How I Use It
A great way to get our students involved and thinking during a lecture is with NearPod. This works really well for direct lectures that are student centered and include immediate feedback for the teacher and the students. It does not work very well for small group settings or to assign as a homework assignment. You can upload your old keynotes or PowerPoint presentations and modify them to include more student engagement. With NearPod you can ask multiple choice, open ended or survey style questions through out your presentation to monitor your students' understanding of the concepts. You will get immediate feedback and so will the students through out the presentation. You control the pace of the presentation but the students can see and interact with the questions or multimedia individually with their own devices at their seats.
This is a great teaching tool and the students really enjoy how interactive it is. This is tool is definitely a 21st Century way for teachers to provide direct instruction to students. One of my favorite features is the drawing function, which worked great for teaching about seismograms in Earthquakes. This function would work great for math teachers as well! My students have laptops but if you have an iPad or a computer that is a touch screen the drawing function would be work even better. I really like how you can download the report for the entire class that includes a student's total participation rate and all of their answers to the questions. Sometimes I have been timed out of Nearpod and could not receive data so that made it difficult to continue with the lesson because students would have to keep refreshing their screens to be on the same screen as me. This program could serve teachers better if there was a way to get real time data as the students are completing a question and not just their response when they submit.