MIAMI – Thursday, September 27, 2018 – Nearpod, the instructional technology partner helping districts and schools transform teaching through award-winning software and standards-aligned, ready-to-run lessons, today announced an initiative to provide premium access to innovative content to members of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), a global education organization with a bold vision that technology can transform teaching and learning, accelerate innovation and solve tough problems in education.
With its platform already used in over 60 percent of U.S. school districts, Nearpod is committing up to $10 million in premium digital content to lSTE members and expands access to webinars, articles and other resources designed to instruct and support teachers on how to best use technology for learning and teaching. The initiative will also connect ISTE and Nearpod members with edtech experts through exclusive ISTE Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) that offer topic-focused learning opportunities and online discussions to keep teachers on top of quickly changing and often conflicting classroom technologies.
American education is at a precipice, with some states, such as Arizona, facing widely spread teacher shortages with one in five open positions remaining unfilled after the first four months of the recent school year. A problem only exacerbated by the lack of reliable training for educators new and old, who are expected to prepare students for jobs that don’t exist yet. Effective and meaningful professional development has never been more crucial to the success of our students as 78 percent of teachers say they haven’t been adequately trained to use technology in the classroom. This partnership will broaden access to essential training for teachers using technology in the classroom.
“Deepening access to indispensable training for teachers is something we’re very proud of,” stated Guido Kovalskys, CEO of Nearpod. “Partnering with ISTE will extend our reach, making classrooms around the world stronger, and giving teachers the tools they need to prepare students for the future.”
Combining Nearpod’s library of 6,500 standards-aligned, Ready To Run K-12 lessons and professional development workshops, with ISTE’s expert content and resources in professional development, this partnership provides greater access to resources already helping the majority of U.S. school districts transform classroom instruction and prepare students for the digital world.
“This was a natural fit for us,” said Richard Culatta, CEO of ISTE. “Every year we strive to connect educators to create powerful learning communities around the world. Partnering with Nearpod accelerates that mission by providing customizable lessons for teachers and interactive learning experiences for students.”
This initiative joins a growing list of notable and respected integrations for Nearpod, including Education.com, Schoology, and a recent team up with New Teacher Center, which focuses on providing advanced professional development on instructional strategies to teachers and leaders. ISTE is also collaborating with other ISTE Corporate Members who help educators transform teaching and learning.
Teachers who are ISTE members get Gold Level Access to Nearpod and $100 voucher to spend in the Nearpod store. Nearpod users can gain access to a discounted ISTE membership here.
Nearpod is an award-winning education technology company that is empowering teachers to transform instruction and is used in over 60 percent of school districts across the US. Through the combination of software that merges multimedia with real-time student feedback, ready-to-run digital content for both teachers and students designed in partnership with Common Sense Education, PhET, Readworks, New Teacher Center, National Equity Project and unparalleled educator support, Nearpod is changing how technology is used in the classroom and beyond.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit organization that works with the global education community to accelerate the use of technology to solve tough problems and inspire innovation. Our worldwide network believes in the potential technology holds to transform teaching and learning.
ISTE sets a bold vision for education transformation through the ISTE Standards, a framework for students, educators, administrators, coaches and computer science educators to rethink education and create innovative learning environments. ISTE hosts the annual ISTE Conference & Expo, one of the world’s most influential edtech events. The organization’s professional learning offerings include online courses, professional networks, year-round academies, peer-reviewed journals and other publications. ISTE is also the leading publisher of books focused on technology in education. For more information or to become an ISTE member, visit iste.org. Subscribe to ISTE’sYouTube channel and connect with ISTE on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.