How I Use It
NearPod can be used with any lesson and subject, making it a very versatile site. Teachers can easily upload existing PowerPoint Presentations, create their own lessons, or download uploaded presentations from other teachers. NearPod offers many enhancements in comparison to PowerPoint Presentations. Students with 1:1 devices are able to have the lesson directly in front of them for either teacher paced or student paced lessons. This also allows the flexibility for students to preview or review the presentation as many times as they need, with or without teacher support. Additionally, students are able to interact with the lesson and are provided with questions to make a traditional presentation more engaging and hold all students accountable for the lesson though the incorporation collaboration and individual responses.
NearPod helps to bring any lesson to life for your students. In comparison to a traditional PowerPoint, students are provided with opportunities to collaborate, reflect, and respond to individual slides. NearPod offers teachers the ability to insert open ended questions, poll the students, collaborate with classmates, assess students, and with upgraded membership teachers can insert webpages (for a fee). While creating and uploading your own unique and student specific lessons, NearPod offers a wide variety of presentations for free. Their lessons range from reading, writing, math, science, social studies, life skills and even digital citizenship.
When looking at digital review models, like SAMR and TPACK, NearPod enhances lessons and provides functional improvements to traditional PowerPoint lessons. These improvements include collaboration and application of the knowledge learned throughout the lesson making NearPod are valuable technology resource.
Typically, I personally, don’t like when sites have free and paid versions. NearPod, however; offers similar functions with the free version and if the paid functions are necessary for a given lesson, the site is affordable and provides various options (individual, school, and district)! Overall, I highly recommend NearPod for teachers and students! NearPod gives students the opportunities to safely learn online and engage in collaborative learning opportunities to help them enhance both content knowledge and technology knowledge.