I’ve been using Nearpod in my classroom the past few weeks to enhance the old boring PowerPoint and get some engagement at the same time. Nearpod is an app for IOS or Android but you have to upload your content first using the Web Interface at http://www.nearpod.com
It is free to use with a limited amount of space to upload or create your own NPPs as they are called in Nearpod-ese. There are also many NPPs available to use for free that have been shared by other users. Some sets cost additional money, for example Time for Kids costs $14.95 for the set at the time of this writing.
I used Nearpod to check students’ understanding when introduce coefficients and subscripts for chemical formulas for chemistry. I had the original PowerPoint on my screen at the front of class while I created an NPP with, “draw it” slides where students could write and submit answers.
It worked well. I ran into two problems. The first one was that Nearpod kept complaining that I had over 50 students connected when in fact my largest class has 32 students in it. The second problem I had is when I shared out student answers. Some students just got a blank screen instead of the shared student screen.
Overall I think that it is an app I will use again. It does require some prep to use before class, but I think it can be worth the student engagement and results that I am able to get from the teacher app.