I have a personal challenge to use mainly free tools and resources that are licensed through the creative commons in my class. This allows me to openly share my resources and techniques. Nearpod is a new exception to this rule. It’s ability to allow me to quickly and easily add interaction and participation in my classes has inspired me to fork over the $. When my students join me in a Nearpod. I push my media to their laptop or device. They can participate in the polls, quizzes, drawing activities, and discussions on their own screen. They can see my slides and view the videos and websites as I cue them.
Its been interesting to watch their reactions to my controlling their screen. I don’t think they all like the intrusion into their “multitasking” habits. I love it, the reporting features are robust. I can see who has answered on the fly, if its correct and I can share anonymous responses by pushing them to the students screens. Here are some example screenshots of the back end. I do find it helpful to enter as a student on my iPad and present from the computer.