Nearpod

Student engagement platform for the education sector

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Nearpod Overview

What is Nearpod?

Nearpod is a cloud-based student engagement platform that helps teachers, schools, and higher education institutions engage and assess students using interactive virtual lessons and collaborative discussions. Administrators can manually import lessons in various formats and customize them with polls, boards, quizzes, and matching pairs activities or use available lessons in the database to improve the learning experience.

With the social learning module, instructors can conduct gamified lessons to improve competition and peer interactions. Nearpod integrates with Google applications and other several learning management systems such as Classroom, Slides, Drive, Canvas, itsLearning, Blackboard, and more. Teachers can also organize live or self-paced sessions, facilitate student participation through code verification, synchronize and control the content across devices, and evaluate students' responses during or after sessions through reports.

Nearpod includes a library, which lets schools and districts store lessons in a centralized repository, organize them in folders or sub-folders, and enable an option for teachers to add lessons. The application allows students to actively participate in sessions, take notes using a web browser on iOS devices or desktop, and navigate to Google Drive or OneDrive to download auto-saved copies.

Nearpod Overview

Pricing

Starting from
US$120,00/year

Pricing options

Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Nearpod pricing starts at $120/year (only $10/month) and scales with number of session size and features. Features expand across Silver, Gold, Platinum, School & Districts and Higher Education plans. Pricing details are outlined below:

Silver - Free (Basic features)
• Session Size: Up to 40
• Storage Space: Up to 50 MB
• Lesson Size: Up to 20 MB
Gold - $120/year (only $10/month)
• Session Size: Up to 50
• Storage Space: Up to 3 GB
• Lesson Size: Up to 40 MB
Platinum - $349/year (only $29/month)
• Session Size: Up to 75
• Storage Space: Up to 5 GB
• Lesson Size: Up to 50 MB
School & Districts and Higher Education - Please contact Nearpod directly for pricing information.


Nearpod Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States
Supported Languages
English

Media

Nearpod school library
Nearpod post session report
Nearpod live lesson
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Nearpod Reviews

Nearpod Reviews

Overall rating
4,8
/
5
Excellent
74

Very good
18

Average
1

Poor
0

Terrible
0

Value for Money
4,3
Features
4,6
Ease of Use
4,6
Customer Support
4,7
99% recommended this app
Shane P.

Middle school science teacher for 5 years; Instructional Technology Facilitator for 2 hears


Lisa M.

My new favorite distance learning tools!

We had more teachers use this service than any other offered because they said it was very user friendly and it gave them great immediate feedback on student progress.


Verified Reviewer

Nearpod for online educators

Overall I am very glad that I came across Nearpod and integrated it into use for live online teaching. It has been particularly useful for quieter students who may not volunteer to speak or give answers verbally as they are prompted to complete tasks on their own which I can then view discreetly as the teacher.


Don L.

Nearpod

I used this product because my school site bought us a license. I had used Pear Deck previously which is a similar software. In my opinion Pear deck is much easier to use and the students enjoy using it more as well.


Shana H.

The perfect tool for asynchronous work and differentiation

Nearpod has been an incredible addition to my self-contained English as a Second Language classroom. My new to country students are emergent in their language and literacy skills, but are able to navigate Nearpod easily after only a few tutorial sessions. It has made a huge difference in what work I can provide for them to do during independent work time while I meet with small groups. Seriously, this is an instructional game changer. I was lucky enough to have a small class size that allowed us to be 1:1 for devices, but this would have worked by staggering online and offline activities as well.


Shane P.
Industry: Education Management

Middle school science teacher for 5 years; Instructional Technology Facilitator for 2 hears

Used Monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/02/08
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

Nearpod is a high-quality, user-friendly, reliable presentation program that could be a valuable asset in every teachers classroom. There is a fee, but it's definitely worth the investment individually or at the school-wide level. For starters, it's easy to create slide decks, but what's amazing is that these presentations can be pushed to student devices or phones instantly and with ease. Students can then follow along and interact with the instructor. Other types of presentations can easily be converted and used within NearPod, too, so you don't have to reinvent good material. Just upload and begin pushing to students with ease. Next, audio and video files can be dropped in to decks which enables students to interact with the multimedia individually or in groups. Beyond that, and perhaps my favorite feature is the ability to collect real-time feedback from students through a wide variety of question types/formats. This enables the presenter to pace the lesson appropriately, follow-up with anyone who may be struggling, or engage students in conversation or clarifications based on the feedback. Next, NearPod has a database of phenomenal content available to educators. Large amounts are free. Some of the content even offers VR360 opportunities for students who are using capable devices. Last, I just appreciate that they are committed to improving their product - always taking steps forward, listening to user concerns, offering loudly support, and advancing.

Cons

It would be great if they could add on some sort of homework feature for students who may not have access to WiFi. I know they are exploring several potentials here, and I think they'll figure out a solution, but this would be helpful for flipping the classroom in Title One environments.

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Lisa M.
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 51-200 Employees

My new favorite distance learning tools!

Used Weekly for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2020/05/05
Review Source: Capterra

We had more teachers use this service than any other offered because they said it was very user friendly and it gave them great immediate feedback on student progress.

Pros

I am the director of educational technology at a school that recently shifted to virtual learning. We gave our teachers several lesson delivery/classroom management services to try out and this was their favorite. Nearpod has a great resource library with lots of great videos and lesson content. You also can track everything about how a student engages with the content you post.

Cons

I am curious how expensive it is going to be. The service is free right now because of COVID-19 but we will definitely need to invest in it next year.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 201-500 Employees

Nearpod for online educators

Used Weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2021/01/09
Review Source: Capterra

Overall I am very glad that I came across Nearpod and integrated it into use for live online teaching. It has been particularly useful for quieter students who may not volunteer to speak or give answers verbally as they are prompted to complete tasks on their own which I can then view discreetly as the teacher.

Pros

Nearpod has been fantastic to help make existing class materials more interactive for online lessons. It offers the ability to upload and enhance existing materials, as well as searching from a range of provided templates and lessons that can be edited. Nearpod absolutely offers the ability for online lessons to be interactive for students as it has, for example, surveys and individual tasks that students are prompted to complete on their own as certain times of a presented lesson. The platform allows for lessons to be tailored for a range of age groups and skill levels. It is visually engaging for students and encourages participation.

Cons

I was able to teach myself how to use Nearpod with a concentrated effort but teachers who have not used online platforms for teaching may need some support. The features I could access with a free account were more than enough for my needs, but do note that some things that cannot be used (including some aspects of pre-made/ provided lessons) without a paid subscription.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Don L.
Industry: E-Learning
Company size: 501-1 000 Employees

Nearpod

Used Monthly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2019/07/26
Review Source: Capterra

I used this product because my school site bought us a license. I had used Pear Deck previously which is a similar software. In my opinion Pear deck is much easier to use and the students enjoy using it more as well.

Pros

It makes boring powerpoints more interactive. You can engage students by asking questions throughout the lesson and see their responses on your screen. There is also a library of pre-existing lessons ready to use.

Cons

The pre-made lessons didn't really fit my needs and creating your own Nearpod presentation from scratch is extremely time consuming. During the lesson it is difficult to go back and forth between the presentation and checking student responses.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6.0/10

Shana H.
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 1 001-5 000 Employees

The perfect tool for asynchronous work and differentiation

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2020/09/22
Review Source: Capterra

Nearpod has been an incredible addition to my self-contained English as a Second Language classroom. My new to country students are emergent in their language and literacy skills, but are able to navigate Nearpod easily after only a few tutorial sessions. It has made a huge difference in what work I can provide for them to do during independent work time while I meet with small groups. Seriously, this is an instructional game changer. I was lucky enough to have a small class size that allowed us to be 1:1 for devices, but this would have worked by staggering online and offline activities as well.

Pros

Nearpod is an incredibly easy to navigate platform. The interface with Google Slides is seamless and allows for greater creativity in building slide decks for instruction. It has a variety of student response types (matching, drawing, multiple choice, short answer, etc.) and they are adding features on a regular basis. This program is especially helpful for providing the same instruction at asynchronous times (student-paced option) or for guiding synchronous lessons across devices (live lesson option). Reports let you know who logged in to the lesson as well as what their responses were to various prompts. There are a wealth of lessons in the lesson library that you can launch as is or modify to fit your instructional needs. Because students are able to work through it independently, you can use Nearpod as an independent work station and have students logged into remediation, practice, or enrichment lessons simultaneously. Because you can record audio over slides as well as within question prompts, this is an excellent tool to differentiate for students who need accommodations and who are emergent in their literacy skills.

Nearpod also works as an excellent tool for delivering professional development as you can record audio over slides, embed videos, and link to outside sources.

Cons

Audio recording is only available through lessons created within Nearpod (cannot be imported through Google Slides extension), but I'm sure this is something that will be modified in future updates.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
9/10
Based on 93 user ratings
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Nearpod Pricing

Nearpod Pricing

Starting from
US$120,00/year
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Nearpod pricing starts at $120/year (only $10/month) and scales with number of session size and features. Features expand across Silver, Gold, Platinum, School & Districts and Higher Education plans. Pricing details are outlined below:

Silver - Free (Basic features)
• Session Size: Up to 40
• Storage Space: Up to 50 MB
• Lesson Size: Up to 20 MB
Gold - $120/year (only $10/month)
• Session Size: Up to 50
• Storage Space: Up to 3 GB
• Lesson Size: Up to 40 MB
Platinum - $349/year (only $29/month)
• Session Size: Up to 75
• Storage Space: Up to 5 GB
• Lesson Size: Up to 50 MB
School & Districts and Higher Education - Please contact Nearpod directly for pricing information.

Nearpod pricing starts at $120/year (only $10/month) and scales with number of session size and features. Features expand across Silver, Gold, Platinum, School & Districts and Higher Education plans. Pricing details are outlined below:

Silver - Free (Basic features)
• Session Size: Up to 40
• Storage Space: Up to 50 MB
• Lesson Size: Up to 20 MB
Gold - $120/year (only $10/month)
• Session Size: Up to 50
• Storage Space: Up to 3 GB
• Lesson Size: Up to 40 MB
Platinum - $349/year (only $29/month)
• Session Size: Up to 75
• Storage Space: Up to 5 GB
• Lesson Size: Up to 50 MB
School & Districts and Higher Education - Please contact Nearpod directly for pricing information.

Value for Money
4,3/5
Based on 93 user ratings
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Nearpod Features

Nearpod Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Assessment Management
Attendance Management
Attendance Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Blended Learning
Calendar Management
Communication Management
Content Management
Course Authoring
Customizable Branding
Data Import/Export
Learning Management
Progress Reports
Progress Tracking
Reporting & Statistics
Student Management
Third Party Integration
Features
4,6/5
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Additional information for Nearpod

Additional information for Nearpod

Key features of Nearpod

  • Assessment Management
  • Brainstorming
  • Content Management
  • Cooperative Writing

Benefits

• Teachers can use Nearpod to create interactive lessons in order to engage students. Utilize tools such as videos, gamified activities, live participation, and more to enhance engagement.

• Utilize existing resources from other systems and make them interactive by uploading files from PowerPoint, Google Slides, YouTube, and more.

• Integrate Nearpos with third party learning management systems including Canvas, Blackboard, Google Classroom, Schoology, and more.

• Schools and districts can benefit from Nearpod's features for school-based, home-based, and hybrid learning including online learning, student insights, pre-built lessons, and more.

• Measure students' understanding and progress with real-time checks and assessments. Teachers can gather insights during and after lessons to gauge how well each individual understood the lesson content.

Nearpod FAQs

Nearpod FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Nearpod.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Nearpod offer?

Nearpod offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: US$120,00/year

Pricing model: Free, Subscription

Free Trial: Not Available

Nearpod pricing starts at $120/year (only $10/month) and scales with number of session size and features. Features expand across Silver, Gold, Platinum, School & Districts and Higher Education plans. Pricing details are outlined below: Silver - Free (Basic features) • Session Size: Up to 40 • Storage Space: Up to 50 MB • Lesson Size: Up to 20 MB Gold - $120/year (only $10/month) • Session Size: Up to 50 • Storage Space: Up to 3 GB • Lesson Size: Up to 40 MB Platinum - $349/year (only $29/month) • Session Size: Up to 75 • Storage Space: Up to 5 GB • Lesson Size: Up to 50 MB School & Districts and Higher Education - Please contact Nearpod directly for pricing information.

Q. What are the main features of Nearpod?

Nearpod offers the following features:

  • Assessment Management
  • Brainstorming
  • Content Management
  • Cooperative Writing

Q. Who are the typical users of Nearpod?

Nearpod has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does Nearpod support?

Nearpod supports the following languages:

English

Q. Does Nearpod support mobile devices?

Nearpod supports the following devices:

Android, iPhone, iPad

Q. What other apps does Nearpod integrate with?

Nearpod integrates with the following applications:

Blackboard for Business, Box, Canvas LMS, Dropbox Business, Google Drive, Microsoft 365, Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Teams, Schoology, itslearning

Q. What level of support does Nearpod offer?

Nearpod offers the following support options:

Phone Support, Online Support, FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Video Tutorials