Learning Mobile App Review: NearPod [Podcast Interview]

There’s no denying there’s a revolution happening today in Education driven by important trends such as the Flipped Classroom, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and of course schools embracing mobile technologies creatively for learning.

These trends in Education are bringing about major innovation from many companies that are committed to revolutionize learning for our younger generations.

There are many great Apps out there from companies who are disrupting Learning and Education in a positive way through the use of Technology.

One such App is NearPod, from a company called Panarea Digital, and this week I had the opportunity to interview Guido Kovalskys (@GuidoNearpod) about it.

The company describes NearPod as “an all-in-one solution for the synchronized use of iPads in the Classroom,” but in testing it myself and in talking to Guido about it, I actually think this definition does not do justice to all the great things NearPod enables Educators to accomplish in the classroom.

There are two free NearPod apps that you can download today from the Apple App store, one called NearPod Teacher for Educators and one for students, called NearPod Student.

The Teacher uses a cloud service by login in to http://new.nearpod.com/ in order to create presentations loaded with interactive features, such as quizzes, polls, videos, sketching tools and more. Any of these presentations can be shared in the classroom with the students in real-time and this is where the fun begins.

The connection between the Teacher and the students is done via PIN number and once everyone has joined the NearPod experience, the Teacher begins to share content with the class in real-time. For example, the Teacher can share a quiz or a poll and receive immediate feedback as students submit their answers. Here’s a great video I found on Vimeo that explains this process well:

One thing I learned in talking to Guido is that NearPod isn’t limited to all students being on the same Wi-Fi network, so for example the Teacher can post the PIN number via an internal board and then students can enter the PIN number and download the presentation with all of its interactivity prior to the classroom in order to maximize the time in the classroom.

In fact, during our Interview you will notice that Guido shares a PIN number for me to enter as he guides me through it while we talk about what he sees as the Teacher and what I see using the NearPod Student app. The interesting thing is that Guido was in Brazil at the time of the interview and I was here in San Diego, CA, and as you can hear in the interview, there’s no delay whatsoever.

If you are in Education and are looking at a way to creatively leverage iPads and iPhones in your classroom, in order to engage your students, I highly recommend you take a look at NearPod.

Having said that, I started a new Podcast entitled ‘Learning Apps with RJ Jacquez‘ where I will interview pioneers in this space, who are disrupting Learning and Education in a positive way through the use of Technology.

You can subscribe to this Podcast on iTunes here and if you are a company that has an amazing Learning App I invite you to be part of this initiative by contacting me.

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  • Can nearpod be used remotely? This could take web conferencing to a whole new level. 

    • rjacquez

      Hi Leonardo, yes NearPod can be used remotely. In fact when I conducted the interview, I was in San Diego, CA and Guido was in Brazil and yet after he shared the PIN with me we were able to stay in sync throughout the presentation. Definitely exciting posibilites for web conferencing over mobile devices. Thanks.

  • very interesting product!

  • Trudy

    As an educator I find the hype over this tool very disturbing. With the increased use of 1:1 iPads in schools here in Australia we are trying to move teachers away from being the centre of the classroom, controlling learning. With this tool, the teacher has complete control over the presentation and interaction by student. As we know all students learn in different ways and at different speeds and this is the antithesis of what we want teachers to be doing with an app on iPads. There is more to using iPads than purely engaging students. We need to cater for different learning styles, make the learning student centric and above use the ipad in innovative and new ways instead of using in 20th Century ways.

  • seems to be an all in one learning app for educators like me.

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