How I Use It
I used Nearpod to deliver content at the beginning of a lesson. My direct instruction time included Nearpod, as it allows a teacher to make direct instruction time slightly more student-centric (versus the traditional lecture). One specific example was my introduction to the three types of irony. I created a slideshow in Nearpod that overviewed each of the three types, with a pretest, post-test, and activities in between to monitor student growth. Students loved using Nearpod, and actually asked at the end of the lesson if we could use it again in the future. Presenting and engaging students with specific and focused content aided in retention of the concepts of irony. In short, it worked. If I had to be critical, I would say I would want even more student control over the lesson, in which I did even less to engage the in the content. This being said, I don't know that this is actually the product but how you use the product as a teacher. In the future, I think I would perhaps assign groups a concept to teach, develop presentations, and then have them present to each other using near pod.
I love Nearpod in that it makes the traditional lecture slightly more engaging. However, like any educational tool, it needs to be used correctly and paired with other teaching tools and lesson structure. When I use Nearpod, I paired it with Power teaching techniques, reinforcing content with kinesthetic clues. In addition, I focused my Nearpod content on specific information, such as irony, instead of presenting a vast amount of information on literary devices. The students loved using Nearpod, even asking to use it again. Overall, Nearpod is an amazing tool in both the engagement and formative assessment data. I can see it being especially useful to transition teachers away from the traditional lecture and notes some teachers utilize.