How I Use It
NearPod substitute for traditional presentations. It enhances the teacher-led lesson experience by engaging students in a meaningful way while allowing the teacher to provide instant formative assessments. It enhances both the learning and teaching experience while allowing the educator to support students more deeply and effectively. Students can also view the presentation at their own pace or in small groups, making NearPod an even more versatile resource, fostering autonomy, and allowing students to analyze and evaluate the content more deeply.
I love using NearPod in the classroom--particularly during the virtual learning setting. The creation of the presentation proves rather user-friendly (which makes it a great resource for students to create as well). However, I was unsatisfied with the lack of flexibility in terms of the design of each slide. I am used to the eye-catching designs of Slide Carnival and was disappointed by the singular colors NearPod offered. Further, I wish there were more opportunities for students to create within the presentation. It would be great to see more resources embedded into the software to make that happen. Perhaps more opportunities for collaborative conversation or analysis. Overall, I think that if the teacher meaningfully uses NearPod in their classroom, the resource provides sufficient opportunities for critical thinking and collaboration, serves as a more engaging alternative to Slides or PowerPoint, and truly employs technological, pedagogical, and content-area knowledge. However, this resource cannot serve these functions without a driven educator creating meaningful presentations.