How I Use It
Nearpod is an interactive presentation tool that allows each student with a device to access the presentation on their own screen. There are many options for individual feedback, quizzing, polls, and general engagement with the lesson. When I have used it, I have noticed that students are excited to be be able to interact with the lesson and it also provides a safe space for less vocal students to contribute to discussions or give their opinions. It is also useful as a formative assessment and allows the teacher to gauge understanding of the content.
I think that Nearpod is an excellent tool for engaging students, especially during a content-heavy lesson that requires a lot of lecturing from the teacher. It caters well to getting through a considerable amount of information while still being able to get instant feedback from your students to make sure they are following along and understanding. The amount of learning that the student received from Nearpod and the depth of understanding depends largely on how the individual teacher develops the presentation. One criticism of Nearpod is that it doesn't lend itself well to differentiation, as typically you would have one presentation for the whole class. This issue could be resolved if you came up with ways to differentiate within the presentation or had the opportunity to have different students log into different presentations. There is a risk of students venturing from the presentation and looking at other things on their devices; it is important for the teacher to monitor use and look for responses from all students.