How I Use It
I use Nearpod in my classroom in TONS of different ways. Nearpod offers both a teacher-paced and student-paced option. I use the teacher-paced option whole-group to keep students engaged and check for understanding throughout instruction. Tools to check for understanding (polls, multiple-choice questions, written feedback, drawings) can be inserted as slides into the presentation. Data from student responses can be shared with students to review or as examples. The teacher-paced option allows teachers to move students through slides at the pace he/she prefers. I often use the student-paced option with small groups or when students are working independently. I often do this when I'm using a notes format, instead of more discussion, because it allows students to move at their own pace. As with the teacher-paced lessons, slides can be inserted to check for student understanding and data can be pulled to monitor student progress and understanding. The only issue I find (and only with student-paced lessons) is students moving through the information without reading it. It is important to make sure everything in your presentation is relevant and well-checked for this reason.
I think Nearpod is a great teaching tool, but also lends itself to independent study--it's very versatile. Nearpod recently made some changes that give more options in slide creation and allow you to add more components to a slide. Powerpoint presentations can be converted into Nearpod presentations, giving teachers more control over discussion opportunities, but also allowing teachers to more closely monitor their students' learning. I also really like that Nearpods can be inserted into your LMS (i.e. Canvas), if applicable, so students can review and access them outside of the classroom. My only quip with Nearpod has been the lack of options in slide creation, but they have been working on that!