Nearpod is extremely easy to use. You can take any of your powerpoint lessons or smaortboard lessons and convert each slide as an image. Then you can insert each image into your Nearpod presentation.
When I login to Nearpod, this is what I see. To create a new lesson, click on the + icon.
This is the next screen. I go ahead and highlight "Untitled Presentation" and rename the lesson.
Add Activity allows you to add an open ended question, poll, quiz, draw it, fill in the blanks, or memory test. Open ended questions are great for getting the kids interested in the lesson or to assess their learning. The poll allows students to answer an opinion question. The quiz allows you to create a multiple choice quiz for the students to assess learning. Draw it allows you to ask a question that requires students to write/type on the screen. (My kids will work so many more math problems if I do them one at a time as a draw it slide. Fill in the blank is exactly what it sounds like. You type in the text and then select the words from the text you want the students to fill in. They drag the word to the blank. Memory test is a quick game of memory. Students match a set of pictures then they are asked a question.
I mix several "content" slides where I teach from and then add in some "draw it" slides to allow students to practice the concept. They will complete 3-4 "worksheets" in a Nearpod presentation without complaint, but will barely put 2 words on paper. Nearpod has greatly increased student participation. If I don't use Nearpod for a lesson, they will often ask me to make more Nearpod lessons.
Here's a lesson that I will use in math next week. You can check it out. Download the free Nearpod app and enter this homework code.
This will allow you to proceed through the lesson as a student. You can also download some free lessons from their site to see what it looks like from the teacher's screen.