Teacher Review For Nearpod

Love the concept, would like more flexibility!

Blair M.
Technology coordinator
KIPP DC: Heights Academy
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My Grades 1, 2, 3, 4
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
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 Creation
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I use Nearpod in my technology class to present content, send activities to students, and check for understanding (CFUs). It's awesome for quick CFUs as they're seamlessly built into the platform, and they are also great for sharing sites, like Khan, where learning activities live. Students enjoy it, and it helps me maintain pace instead of sharing links via Hapara or a short link. What's tricky is that there is limited flexibility in the slide creator. In addition, pre-made Nearpod, like the Digital Citizenship Nearpods made by Common Sense Media, aren't editable. I would like to make changes to them to meet the needs of my students. This has made for some confusing lessons where I might skip 10 slides that aren't relevant to my students - clearly not ideal.
My Take
Overall, I think it's a strong tool. If you are 1:1 and are will to commit some startup cost in terms of time, it's 100% worth it. Students find it engaging, it can house a lesson very neatly, and it helps you quickly check for understanding. I do wish there was more flexibility in slide creation and the ability to modify purchased Nearpods.