About 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.

Pricing starting from:

US$120.00/year

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Key benefits of Nearpod

• 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.

Devices

Business size

S M L

Markets

United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

US$120.00/year

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to Nearpod

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Features

Total features of Nearpod: 32

  • 3D Objects
  • Assessment Management
  • Audio File Management
  • Class Scheduling
  • Classroom Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Content Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Curriculum Management
  • Customisable Templates
  • Feedback Management
  • Gamification
  • Higher Education
  • Information Hub
  • Interactive Learning
  • K-12
  • LMS Integration (LTI)
  • Learning Management
  • Media Library
  • Mobile App
  • Performance Metrics
  • Polls/Voting
  • Real Time Data
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Self-Learning
  • Skills Assessment
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Two Way Audio & Video
  • Video Support

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5
(137)
Value for Money
4.4/5
Features
4.6/5
Ease of Use
4.6/5
Customer Support
4.6/5

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Shane P.
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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Middle school science teacher for 5 years; Instructional Technology Facilitator for 2 hears

Reviewed on 8/02/2018

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.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Nearpod for Education

Reviewed on 12/02/2021

I love the "time to climb" aspect when I am teaching a live lesson. Students visually can see their...

I love the "time to climb" aspect when I am teaching a live lesson. Students visually can see their progress and this motivates them to continue.

Pros

I like the funcionality of nearpod in allowing the creation an sharing of a lesson in a fun format. With Nearpod, I can import a lesson that I have already created in Google slides, power point or I can create them through nearpod. I can embed a virtual field trip, musical links and audio files throughout my created lesson. As I am giving a live lesson, each student sees my annotations and discovers for themselves the lesson, as it allows themm to individually work through an assignment.

Cons

Nearpod does not make it easy for me to see what my students are doing all at the same time. It does not let me see the notes that they took.

Nikki A.
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  • Industry: Higher Education
  • Company size: 501-1,000 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Nearpod: A game-changing interactive teaching tool

Reviewed on 28/08/2021

Nearpod has been a game-changer in my teaching - synchronous, asynchronous and hybrid.

Nearpod has been a game-changer in my teaching - synchronous, asynchronous and hybrid.

Pros

Nearpod is a teacher-friendly digital platform used in face-to-face, remote and hybrid learning contexts. Lessons offering interactive slides, games and collaborative activities encourage active learning and engagement for all students. Educators benefit from a variety of tools for alternative assessment.

Cons

There are still some glitches with the reports produced for the teacher. Products from some activities (e.g 'draw it' activities) are not easy enough to access.

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Miranda P.
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 501-1,000 Employees
  • Used for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

Not for me

Reviewed on 3/06/2021

Overall, I found Nearpod very challenging to use. While there are plenty of examples and use cases,...

Overall, I found Nearpod very challenging to use. While there are plenty of examples and use cases, this tool simply doesn't have the ROI for me to continue using.

Pros

Nearpod offers a pleathora of features and options to make learning engaging for it's users (students for example).

Cons

Personally, I found it very challenging to use. The amount of time needed to invest in creating and inputing content was not worth the return.

Jaime valeriano R.
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Weekly for Free Trial
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

A Review about Nearpod as a University Education Student

Reviewed on 6/08/2021

Nearpod makes every lesson interactive and engaging to students as it has activities that make...

Nearpod makes every lesson interactive and engaging to students as it has activities that make students give their expressions, opinions, answers, etc. in real-time that gives the opportunity to teachers to assess the students in real-time and at the same time give feedbacks too. On the other hand, I think the limited version makes it hard for us practice teachers for our demonstration teachings but at the same time we are challenged to maximize the limitations on our lesson implementation. But if I have the money to avail the premium version, I will definitely purchase it.

Pros

What I like the most about this software is that it is very helpful for me as a teacher-student in my demonstration teaching in an online setup. Even though that the teaching-learning process is not in face-to-face settings, Nearpod I must say is one of the educational tools that are very useful for making every lesson engaging to the students. Again, it has default features where the students can drag & drop elements in a slide, use an interactive whiteboard, answer open-ended questions, answer quizzes and polls and get a real-time result, interact with one another through collaborate board, and many more.

Cons

I think what I like the least about this software is the limitation in the free version. As a student that usually cannot afford such a subscription, this gives us the challenge to use the limited version and maximize it for the learning of our students. In the free version, the storage that we can use must only be within 100MB and at the same time, only 40 students can join per lesson. But good thing that whenever we have a demo, it's like the maximum number of students that I only handle is 35 students so that I do not have any problem when accommodating them. Also, I heard that in premium versions that Nearpod can be integrated into a lot of other software like specific LMS or google applications like Google Docs that is useful for organizing things. What I suggest is that give also those features to the free version but at the same time have limitations too so that we as practice teachers will be able to practice using this application on some of their premium features so that it will be easy if we are going to avail it in the future if we are already a licensed teacher.

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Nearpod FAQs

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Nearpod offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$120.00/year
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: 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.

Nearpod has the following typical customers:

2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001+

Nearpod supports the following languages:

English

Nearpod supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Nearpod integrates with the following applications:

Blackboard Learn, Box, CANVAS, Dropbox Business, Google Classroom, Google Drive, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, Schoology, itslearning

Nearpod offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, Chat

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