Panarea Digital has announced the launch of Nearpod, a mobile computing tool that allows teachers to transform the digital classroom into an engaging and collaborative learning experience, according to the announcement. Now available for free on the App Store, Nearpod allows teachers to 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 analysis of individual and group achievement.
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."
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."
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.
Nearpod, a product of Panarea Digital, was developed by a team of entrepreneurs interested in mobile technology and its implications across education. The company's focus is to develop software and interactive content for mobile devices, in ways that improve teaching for students of all ages.
Source: Nearpod, www.nearpod.com/