Is Nearpod worth the hype? It depends on what you’re using it for in the classroom. Nearpod is a powerful tool with many features. But it comes with a high price tag that your district or school might not fund. You may be happier with an alternative to Nearpod if you can find the tech that checks all your must-have boxes.
We’ll walk you through formative assessment and presentation tools that compare to Nearpod so you can make your own judgment when choosing an interactive learning app.
Overview of product
Convert PDFs and slides into interactive and auto-grades assignments
A digital product that incorporates multimedia
Online document notification and markup tool
A digital product that makes online presentations more interactive
Upload existing PDFs and slides and convert into online interactive activities Save time by using auto-grade features and utilize data to inform instruction Provide feedback to students
Create lessons incorporating quizzes, polls, videos, drawings, web content, etc. Create lessons that are student-paced or teacher-paced Access the library of materials
Use existing documents Provide student feedback Add in video or screenshots
Create lessons that are student-paced or teacher-paced Share student responses Add audio to slides
Experience 15+ question types that simulate new online standardized tests Use your classroom material digitally
Access Nearpod on any device Annotate slides and explain their thinking Take a quiz directly on their device
Digitally annotate text Use speech-to-text for annotations
Follow along on a presentation and interact with slides Annotate slides to explain their thinking
Google Classeoom, Schoology, Microsoft Teams, Classlink
Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, Microsoft Teams, Blackboard
Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, Blackboard, PowerSchool, Edmodo
Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, Microsoft Teams
At its core, Nearpod is an online digital presentation tool. Teachers can create slide presentations and add interactive activities to these presentations. Nearpod also makes it easy for teachers to add multimedia to their lessons.
As an assignment delivery app, Nearpod is one of the best tools you can choose from because there are so many features you can utilize to bring more multimedia to your presentations.
Nearpod’s biggest downside comes with a cost. If you plan on using Nearpod regularly, then you will quickly run out of storage space with the free version. You can only store around 100 MB of presentations on a free account. This is problematic for teachers who often reuse their presentations from year-to-year. The paid versions of Nearpod are pricey ($159 and $397 per year).
Spending that much means you’re not getting a robust assessment and assignment creation tools. We’ll address those needs below.
Nearpod is for the teacher that wants to streamline their online presentation tools. This is an excellent option if you want to create interactive presentations that bring in multimedia. It’s not a great tool for the teacher who has curated resources through the years. You’ll likely have to start over from scratch and create new materials.
Peardeck is another digital presentation tool. Unlike Nearpod, integrating into Google Slides isn’t a premium feature. Peardeck is built around the premise of adding formative assessment tools to your typical online presentation.
Peardeck doesn’t have as many features as Nearpod, but we’re not sure if that’s a con. From a teacher’s standpoint, integrating new tech into your classroom flow can be challenging. You can get bogged down in a lot of features. It’s even worse if you’re not using those features, but are still paying for them.
With Peardeck, you can incorporate interactive formative assessment into your Google Slides presentation. That may be all that you need from a Nearpod-type program. You’ll likely be happy with Peardeck and pay a lot less for it.
This video does a great job comparing Peardeck and Nearpod:
Peardeck is your best bet if you have already built a lot of content in Google Slides and are looking for a way to include more digital formative assessments.
Another option you might consider as an alternative to Nearpod is Edpuzzle as an interactive presentation tool. Edpuzzle places formative assessment inside of videos. So if your preferred online presentation tools are videos (and many flipped classrooms use videos), then Edpuzzle can check many boxes.
You may not be satisfied if the sole reason for switching to an online interactive presentation tool like Nearpod is to gather more student feedback while teaching.
If you’re looking for a way to infuse more informative assessment into your everyday classroom, go for the app that is focused on formative assignments and assignment creation. With TeacherMade, you can:
Save time with auto-grading. Nearpod and Peardeck both have limited auto-grading options. They don’t allow you to give student feedback, and often you’re just getting an excel sheet of student responses. Let students know where they stand instantly and give personalized feedback. You will also save so much time with scoring that integrates directly into your LMS grade book.