I use the Nearpod.com tool because it engages students, and allows them and me to get instant feedback. This is a new tool that has helped me flip some of my lessons for my action research paper. I am not an expert on it, and I am still experimenting with its use. I also like using some of the lessons from their library that align with the standards and our textbook.
I highly recommend Nearpod, because it engages the students and gives them instant feedback. The best part is that a teacher can ask different question types, write open-ended questions, or use draw-it, such that students have to draw a graph or create something to illustrate a problem. It also allows for multiple choice or taking a survey.
After students complete the assignment, the teacher receives a very detailed report, and can quickly assess students' understanding of the material. This assists with group placement or intervention needs, and aids in fostering differentiation.
Here is one sample lesson that I developed for my team in a Professional Development spotlight on technology. .
You can upload lessons from their gallery by subject and grade - below is one example. You can also now customize the lesson to your liking!
Users can upload videos and info-graphics to encourage more visual learners. I love this tool - especially the report at the end, and the graded assessments option.