Nearpod (opens in new tab) Student Engagement Platform for K-12 teachers, announced today that it has acquired Flocabulary (opens in new tab), a video and student creativity platform that uses educational hip-hop to engage students and increase achievement.
This partnership comes at a time when student engagement is cited as a top priority by 91% of superintendents (opens in new tab). However, Gallup surveys find student engagement drops as they move through school. By 11th grade, only 32% of students feel engaged (opens in new tab) in the classroom. This lack of student engagement has also been linked to challenges such as chronic absenteeism and poor academic performance.
Research shows (opens in new tab) that engagement and achievement increase when students’ interests and voices are respected and reflected in the classroom.
Following the acquisition, Nearpod will have a combined team of 200 employees headquartered in Miami, FL. As part of Nearpod, Flocabulary’s team of 60 will continue to operate out of their Brooklyn, NY office to grow and support the Flocabulary brand, as well as create culturally-relevant content using formats and genres that students relate to and that boost student engagement while being aligned to academic standards.
Nearpod will continue to invest in collaborations with respected content partners such as Common Sense Education, Newsela, PhET, iCivics, Desmos, and Education.com as well as enterprise platforms such as Google Classroom and Canvas.