How I Use It
I use Nearpod weekly in my fourth grade math class. There are a ton of different ways you can use it in your classroom to engage learners. I create weekly lessons that include a variety of activities that the students can work through both independently and as a whole group. I appreciate the ability to make the lessons teacher-paced and live. I can then choose if I want the students to work at their own pace or only be on the slide/screen that I have available to them. I have created my own lessons in the past and have included slideshows and links to various websites that I want the students to visit. I have also created my own exit tickets, polls, and quizzes. Looking through the explore tab on the homepage you can find already created lessons that can be used in your own classroom. This tool is extremely useful in presenting information to students using different modalities.
I think Nearpod is an extremely useful technology tool for all classrooms, especially with students of varying abilities and learning styles. I like the ability to see previously created lessons as well as create your own for your diverse learners. It is easy to create, access, and navigate for both teachers and students. The lessons can be highly engaging with virtual field trips, live Twitter streams, and simulations. Nearpod has endless purposes in a classroom from the beginning of a lesson, to collaborative activities, and assessments. However, I wish that the already created lessons can be adapted to fit your own personal needs. Also, it would be useful if all options when creating a slide were available without the need to upgrade for a cost.