Nearpod Launches Next Generation of All-in-One Solution to Turn iPads Into Teaching Tools

Lauren Williams's picture
Thursday, October 18, 2012

Praised by educators around the world as the “next big thing in ed-tech,” Nearpod unveiled the next generation of its all-in-one solution for the synchronized use of iPads to support teaching and learning.

Launched less than six months ago, Nearpod rapidly emerged as the preferred platform for the growing ranks of K-12 schools adopting iPads. The app has been downloaded more than 150,000 times, and nearly 250,000 students have logged into Nearpod classes. In addition to downloads from every state in the United States, Nearpod has seen an explosion in popularity globally, with users representing 99 countries and every continent in the world.

Now available on the App Store, the new version of Nearpod is fully compatible with iOS 6 and unifies the teacher and student app into one, simplifying the user experience. Teachers can use Nearpod’s new Web Share feature to add web pages to presentations, allowing student to navigate them in a safe browser environment, guided by their teacher. With the tool’s new SlideShow feature, teachers can add slide shows to their presentations and allow student to navigate through them at their own pace, personalizing the learning experience. In addition, the new Nearpod saves teacher time by allowing them to use “PIN” (share a presentation in advance) to send a presentation to students with just the tap of a finger. Students receive the PIN by email and can have it downloaded and ready to launch when class begins.

The new Nearpod is already receiving high praise on the App Store. As one teacher said, “This is a must-have app for any teacher using iPads in the classroom! The ability to create your custom presentation, engage your students with it and assess them in real time is like no other platform out there. Thank you for this power tool, and keep up the good work.”

Nearpod allows teachers to easily create and share interactive lessons, receive feedback on student device use, assess learning in real time and personalize instruction for students. Teachers use Nearpod to create their own lessons or choose from its growing collection of complete multimedia presentations based on content from recognized sources, such as Khan Academy and TED Education. All Nearpod presentations include short lesson plans and can be aligned to the Common Core State Standards, featuring multimedia content and activities appropriate for any grade level. After class, the Nearpod Reporting Tool provides teachers with powerful analysis of individual and group achievement.

“Schools are deploying iPads at a phenomenal pace. At the time same time, educators are looking for ways to ensure that the device fulfills their promise as a powerful tool to support student engagement and achievement,” said Felipe Sommer, co-CEO, Nearpod. “Nearpod is the bridge that transforms iPad into a learning tool for creating and sharing content, assessing performance and, ultimately, personalizing and improving the educational experience for students.”

Teachers can download or update Nearpod by visiting the App Store at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nearpod-teacher/id523540409?mt=8. To learn more about Nearpod, visit www.nearpod.com.

About Nearpod

Nearpod, a product of Panarea Digital, was developed by a team of experienced entrepreneurs passionate about mobile technology and its implications across education. The company’s exclusive focus is to develop software and interactive content for mobile devices, in ways that improve teaching for students of all ages. Nearpod has raised an undisclosed amount of money from a select group of angel investors, including Clarence So, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Salesforce.com.