How I Use It
Nearpod is a lesson delivery application with built in formative assessment. Even though you can assign the presentation and questions as homework, I used it with a small group of students during instruction. Students joined my presentation by inputting a code at nearpod.com. I guided them through the lesson. As I changed slides, they were projected automatically on the student computers. I could set the pace and content of instruction. They had to "show they know" by drawing or answering questions about the content. Then I could share student drawings and extend the learning through discussion.
I think this is the strongest teaching tool I have used. I liked the fact that I controlled the pace and content that was projected to the students. I also like the built in formative assessment tool. Students can answer questions by short answer, drawing and I especially like the fill in the blank by dragging and dropping from a word bank.
The free version does the job, but it is limited by the amount of space you are given for free. You cannot ask all types of questions "on the fly".
An added benefit of nearpod is that you can download lessons that other teachers have created for free or for a fee. There are whole curriculums available on nearpod.com.
The only way this product could be improved is the fact that I would like it to lock into the student's computer so they could not open another application or tab while they are in the lesson.