How I Use It
I used this app when my honors class completed a current events assignment. The students were put into groups and given a current event topic (climate change, animal testing, cell phones, vaccinating kids, etc.) and were asked to use the ProCon.org website to gather information in order to present the topic to the class. After the presentations, we used Nearpod to see how the class felt about the issues now that they were more informed. Some of the questions required long answers, while others required just a quick multiple choice answer.
The app offers students to answer paragraph long responses, which might work in some classes, however my students each took a different amount of time and the class got restless while waiting for the wordy students to wrap up their answer. I really liked the quick multiple choice responses! That feature would be beneficial for every lesson as a wrap up/exit ticket to check in to see where the majority of the class stands. This app reminded me of PowerPoint as it has the ability to put in lecture type of notes (text, pictures, videos, etc.), however it took it further to make it an interactive piece with the class by allowing students to respond to the presentation.
I enjoyed this app because it allows me to see the responses of students instantly. I think the students enjoyed it because they could see if their answers coincided with the majority of their peers or not. I did feel that it was a little difficult for me (the teacher) to create as there were many options to choose from, however I've been making a few more Nearpod Lessons and am getting more and more comfortable. I would like to use this more and more, however it does require each student to have their own device.