Nearpod is a high-quality, user-friendly, reliable presentation program that could be a valuable asset in every teachers classroom. There is a fee, but it's definitely worth the investment individually or at the school-wide level. For starters, it's easy to create slide decks, but what's amazing is that these presentations can be pushed to student devices or phones instantly and with ease. Students can then follow along and interact with the instructor. Other types of presentations can easily be converted and used within NearPod, too, so you don't have to reinvent good material. Just upload and begin pushing to students with ease. Next, audio and video files can be dropped in to decks which enables students to interact with the multimedia individually or in groups. Beyond that, and perhaps my favorite feature is the ability to collect real-time feedback from students through a wide variety of question types/formats. This enables the presenter to pace the lesson appropriately, follow-up with anyone who may be struggling, or engage students in conversation or clarifications based on the feedback. Next, NearPod has a database of phenomenal content available to educators. Large amounts are free. Some of the content even offers VR360 opportunities for students who are using capable devices. Last, I just appreciate that they are committed to improving their product - always taking steps forward, listening to user concerns, offering loudly support, and advancing.
It would be great if they could add on some sort of homework feature for students who may not have access to WiFi. I know they are exploring several potentials here, and I think they'll figure out a solution, but this would be helpful for flipping the classroom in Title One environments.
We had more teachers use this service than any other offered because they said it was very user friendly and it gave them great immediate feedback on student progress.
I am the director of educational technology at a school that recently shifted to virtual learning. We gave our teachers several lesson delivery/classroom management services to try out and this was their favorite. Nearpod has a great resource library with lots of great videos and lesson content. You also can track everything about how a student engages with the content you post.
I am curious how expensive it is going to be. The service is free right now because of COVID-19 but we will definitely need to invest in it next year.
Likelihood to recommend: 9/10
Nearpod is a crucial app in our online teaching platform. We are able to virtually teach students from their homes. Nearpod provides visuals and interactive options to engage student learning.
The open ended questions engage students in virtual learning. This helps teachers check for understanding in a scholars work. This also allows teachers to look for any misconceptions scholars may have. Another feature I like is the collaboration and virtual field trips. The collaboration option lets students post their thoughts on a specific topic. This shows scholars thoughts, ideas, predications, etc.
You need to take time to learn this app. There are many useful features; but you need to set aside time to learn it.
Likelihood to recommend: 9/10
I used this product because my school site bought us a license. I had used Pear Deck previously which is a similar software. In my opinion Pear deck is much easier to use and the students enjoy using it more as well.
It makes boring powerpoints more interactive. You can engage students by asking questions throughout the lesson and see their responses on your screen. There is also a library of pre-existing lessons ready to use.
The pre-made lessons didn't really fit my needs and creating your own Nearpod presentation from scratch is extremely time consuming. During the lesson it is difficult to go back and forth between the presentation and checking student responses.
Likelihood to recommend: 6/10
Its an amazing tool that all teachers need to have in their arsenal. As a teacher, I used it daily and it was my go-to presentation creator.
Nearpod is a must-have - especially during this period of remote learning. Nearpod is an amazing tool that promotes student engagement and collaboration. Its like PowerPoint/Google Slides on steroids. Teachers can easily create engaging activities, complete formative assessment checks, and connect students remotely through self-paced or teacher-led lessons. The Nearpod Extensions for Google Slides also makes it even easier to transform your static presentations into engaging learning experiences.
When students join a session, Nearpod simply asks them to type their name. It would be great if they implemented some type of SSO option so it automatically logs students' names. This would significantly cut down on the number of inappropriate things students may type in as names.
Likelihood to recommend: 10/10
Nearpod pricing starts at $120/year (only $10/month) and scales with number of session size and features. Features expand across Silver, Gold, Platinum, School & Districts and Higher Education plans. Pricing details are outlined below:
Silver - Free (Basic features)
• Session Size: Up to 40
• Storage Space: Up to 50 MB
• Lesson Size: Up to 20 MB
Gold - $120/year (only $10/month)
• Session Size: Up to 50
• Storage Space: Up to 3 GB
• Lesson Size: Up to 40 MB
Platinum - $349/year (only $29/month)
• Session Size: Up to 75
• Storage Space: Up to 5 GB
• Lesson Size: Up to 50 MB
School & Districts and Higher Education - Please contact Nearpod directly for pricing information.