How I Use It
I use Nearpod everyday in my classroom. I start with a quick, 5 question, quiz, that I create, on the topic from the previous day so that I can see who still needs help. The instant results shown on my iPad let me assign students to stations or for a small group of reteaching with me. For the rest of class, I use Nearpod for the notes for the students so that it is directly in front of them and easier for them to copy into their notebook. I love that it saves the data for each session so that I can always go back and see if I can spot trends in my struggling students. It takes awhile to create the sessions and I find it best to make it all in powerpoint and then transfer it into Nearpod, but once you get the hang of it, it is quite easy. I have used it for homework as well but I have run into problems with students doing it multiple times because there was something that went wrong the first time.
Overall, Nearpod is as good as you want it to be. With all of the interactive aspects that you can put in (quizzes, matching, field trips, website links, drawing, open ended responses, videos, etc) you can make your sessions as complex or as simple as you need them to be. I have used almost every type of slide and have found it to be wonderful. Having everything happen right in front of the students individually (or in small group) makes things so much smoother and easier. No longer do you have to worry about kids forgetting glasses, having a hard time seeing, or taking forever to take notes one word at a time while looking at the board then their paper then the board... It can seem overwhelming at times when you are trying to set up session exactly how you want it and the generic slides you get in the actual program are not the best, but this is easily overcome by creating slideshows in either PowerPoint or Google Slides and then dragging it into the Nearpod program.