Nearpod Turns Mobile Devices Into Teaching Tools

Award-Winning App for Presenting, Assessing and Reporting in the Mobile Learning Environment Now Available on the App StoreMIAMI – May 10, 2012 – As mobile computing is rapidly growing in schools around the world, teachers are looking for ways to use the devices to support teaching. With today’s launch of Nearpod, an award-winning tool that allows teachers to transform the digital classroom into an engaging and collaborative learning experience, the solution is just a download away.
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Award-Winning App for Presenting, Assessing and Reporting in the Mobile Learning Environment Now Available on the App Store

MIAMI – May 10, 2012 – As mobile computing is rapidly growing in schools around the world, teachers are looking for ways to use the devices to support teaching. With today’s launch of Nearpod, an award-winning tool that allows teachers to transform the digital classroom into an engaging and collaborative learning experience, the solution is just a download away.

Now available for free on the App Store, 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 who are logged into the Nearpod Student app

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.

“Mobile learning is a game-changer for education. We developed Nearpod to give teachers the tools to make an effective use of mobile devices as part of the teaching and learning experience, from presenting new information to students to engaging them in collaborative activities and assessing their learning,” said Felipe Sommer, Co-CEO, Nearpod. When teachers with more than 30 years of experience tell us that Nearpod has reinvigorated their teaching and students simply say ‘I love Nearpod,’ we know that we are onto something that can really make a difference in schools around the world.”

Sommer continued, “Moreover, we are excited by the speed of adoption of mobile devices in education. The ‘one device per student’ and BYOD models are growing faster than we had originally expected. Apple is doing an outstanding job in education, and the other big players are fighting hard to stay close. There is no doubt that device adoption is happening. Nearpod provides a meaningful way to use them to support teaching and learning.”

Teachers who participated in Nearpod’s extensive field test report increased engagement and achievement across the K-20 spectrum. Gonzalo Garcia, chief information officer at South Kent School in Connecticut, said, “We’re always searching for innovative pieces to fit in our technologically progressive puzzle. Nearpod is a great addition to our digital classroom toolbox. The faculty loves it, especially for its interactivity aspect; teachers can see when students are logged in and make sure their class is truly engaged.”

In fact, some educators report that Nearpod is driving the growth of mobile learning in their schools. “Nearpod has made the decision to implement iPads in our school a no-brainer,” said Bryan L. Miller, head of Educational Technology, Pine Crest School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. “We even purchased additional iPads so we can give the students the chance to interact with this revolutionary app.”

During the field testing, news of Nearpod has gone viral, with educators weighing in from around the world. For example, Fons van den Berg, an Apple Distinguished Educator from Holland, wrote, “Nearpod lessons look beautiful and invite students to engage. It is a really awesome tool for the iPad, both in elementary and secondary education.”

The Nearpod Teacher app can be downloaded at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nearpod-teacher/id523540409?mt=8. The Nearpod Student App can be downloaded at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nearpod-student/id480295574?mt=8.

Nearpod currently runs on iOS devices. Versions for Android and Windows will be released in the near future. To learn more about Nearpod and register for free, 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.

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