Award-Winning Education Technology That Empowers Teachers to Transform Instruction

App of the Week

Short description of app/product:


Nearpod is award-winning education technology that empowers teachers to transform instruction and is used by 3 in 5 districts across the US. Nearpod’s software merges engagement-boosting multimedia elements with real-time student feedback, educator support and ready-to-teach digital content designed in partnership with respected publishers like Common Sense Education, PhET and Readworks.




iOS + Android + PC/MAC + Windows




What does it help with?


Student engagement; Student assessment; Lesson planning; Class, school, or district management; Interactivity in the classroom; One-to-one classroom learning; Professional Development


What grade and age range?  




Is this core/supplemental/special needs/extracurricular/professional development or what?


Nearpod offers lesson plans that focus on core, supplemental and extracurricular student topic areas, in addition to professional development programs for teachers.


What subject, topic, and standards is it mapped to?


Nearpod covers core subjects such as math, ELA, science, social studies, and digital citizenship. Lessons also cover common standards like CCSS, NGSS, NCSS, and specialty state standards for Missouri, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, and New York.


What lesson time does it use?


Nearpod can be used at any point in class instruction. Each lesson is flexible and puts teachers in control of when and what they implement in their classroom. Lessons vary in length to provide teachers flexibility that ranges from 10 minutes to an entire class session to teach a particular topic.


What is the pricing model?


Nearpod pricing ranges from free to $349 per teacher annually. Schools and districts can also sign up for comprehensive packages for all of their teachers and classes.  


Are there services around it?


Along with in-class tools and lessons, Nearpod also offers professional development programs and easy LMS integration.


What makes Nearpod unique?


Nearpod offers exclusive features for schools and school districts to support administrators and educators with professional development, dedicated training services and a series of exclusive features and content designed exclusively for the use of educational institutions.


A description of the characteristics -- how is it optimized for user interface & user experience? What instructional design principles are at work here?


Nearpod has designed its solutions to fit the needs of district administrators, teachers, and students. Built to fit within the tools schools already use, Nearpod’s flexible software can be used on Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac.


The company’s lesson options are diverse and use various design principles based on the type of program and standards they are based upon. While varied, each program is thoroughly created and reviewed to provide effective instruction to students at all levels.


Teacher reviews:

“Open quotes icon Nearpod has helped with lesson planning because I can create my lesson plans quickly. All of the info is there in the lesson… I am able to purposefully use the Nearpod Lesson library to support students’ learning. The kids feel like they’ve learned so much because Nearpod makes learning exciting. When you’re trying to instill a love of learning, it’s perfect.”

  • Lucille Knisley, Enrichment, 3rd - 5th grades, Cuyahoga Falls City Schools, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio


“Our teachers are using Nearpod to access thousands of high quality digital lessons to enrich student learning. Nearpod's features amplify already great teaching and, as a result, students are magnifying their learning capacity.”


  • Louis Algaze, Ph.D., Principal

Hialeah Gardens High School, Miami-Dade County, FL


“Love the flexibility of responses available when using Nearpod to differentiate lesson activities for students.”

  • Heather Lamb, Teacher/librarian 

A.V. Cato Elementary, Fort Worth, TX




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