Teacher Review For Nearpod

Engaging app that allows for complete teacher control and provides instant feedback!

Jill L.
Classroom teacher
Buffett Middle School
Omaha, NE
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My Grades 7, 8
My Subjects Math
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
Special needs
How I Use It
This is a great product if you are interested in blended learning, small station or module learning, but it also works great whole group. I used this product to do an introductory lesson on transformations. I included youtube videos, open ended response questions, a mini quiz, an internet link to a game, and a quick poll. The purpose was for students to be able to self-direct their learning, but to give me feedback so I knew if I needed to intervene during the lesson. I did hit a snag, but it was not the app it was our filter. Students were not able to watch the youtube video on their own screen. Fortunately, the app allows you to show the same slide on your computer and screen, so I showed the videos on my screen instead. It was the entire lesson, so it included modeled, shared, guided, and independent learning.
My Take
This is a great teaching tool! I liked that it is a powerpoint style presentation, but includes easy to create interactive tools. I was able to get instant feedback, and allow for full student interaction and participation. It does require technology and internet (computer, iPad, tablet, smart phone....) however. The "homework" feature allowed me to save my lesson so students at home could work through it independently outside of school.