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Nearpod and Education.com Launch 300+ Digital Lessons Combining Research-Based Educational Design With Interactive Technology Like Virtual Reality

The interactive features on Nearpod’s platform enhance Education.com’s award-winning lessons to create digital, ready to teach resources for K-6 teachers

MIAMI – WEBWIRE – Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Nearpod, the platform helping schools and districts in their digital transformation, today announces the launch of 300 new lesson plans created with Education.com. The curriculum blends Education.com ’s industry-leading instructional design with Nearpod’s digital platform that adds interactive features, like virtual reality and 3D images. The K-6 lessons cover Math, Science, ELA, Social Studies, Life Skills and are available at this link.

Education.com is one of the fastest-growing digital learning platforms in the world. Over 14 million members—including 6 million teachers—utilize online learning games, apps and lessons, as well as hands-on activities, worksheets, and workbooks for pre-K through sixth-grade students. These resources are developed by educational experts, incorporate leading pedagogical practices, and support national education standards.

“It’s estimated that over half of the country’s school-age children now have access to devices in schools including laptops, tablets and smartphones,” explained Todd Schwartz, co-CEO and co-founder of Education.com. “Nearpod understands this growing adoption and is a powerful example of the right way to use technology, which allows Education.com and others to deliver lessons to students in modern and engaging ways"

Nearpod is optimizing Educations.com ’s high-quality educational resources for the 21st-century classroom by integrating them with interactive digital tools, like virtual reality, live chat and real-time quizzes, that are already used in 1 in 10 US schools. Now, K-6 teachers can more deeply engage with students as they teach math, English language arts (ELA), science and social studies in two types of ready-to-reach digital lessons.

Here’s a look at what’s available:

  • Skill Builders 15-25 min lessons facilitate interactive practice and reinforcement of key skills previously taught; great for independent practice, for stations or differentiation or as a homework assignment
  • Full Lessons 45-60 min lessons teach essential skills in an interactive way; great for whole group instruction or re-teaching in small group instruction

“Education.com established itself as an industry leader by providing valuable educational content to millions of students around the world,” explained Guido Kovalskys, CEO and co-founder of Nearpod. “Bringing together Education.com ’s content with our interactive teaching and learning tools is a huge win for the teachers, schools and districts that decide to partner with Nearpod as part of their digital transformation.”

The news comes after other notable expansions of Nearpod’s curriculum. The company recently launched digital lesson plans that use hip-hop songs as teaching tools in partnership with Flocabulary. Nearpod continues to grow its offering to address the needs of 21st-century classrooms with content on empathy-building from Teaching Tolerance and financial literacy from Next-Gen Personal Finance.

About Nearpod: Nearpod is an award-winning education technology company focused on developing digital learning tools, virtual reality and interactive content across mobile devices that provides teachers an easy and efficient way to leverage technology in the classroom.

Nearpod was co-founded in 2012 by Felipe Sommer, Emiliano Abramzon and Guido Kovalskys, and its team spans talent from Mckinsey & Co, Red Hat, Accenture, Pixar, Netscape as well as former teachers. It is backed by notable investors like Insight Venture Partners, Reach Capital, Storm Ventures, the Knight Enterprise Fund, Krillion Ventures, Stanford-StartX Fund, Marc Benioff and GSV Acceleration.

Renaissance Announces Education.com as Renaissance Growth Alliance Partner

Collaboration between industry-leading providers creates a holistic view of student growth and performance

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (September 6, 2017) – Renaissance®, the leader in pre-K–12 learning analytics, announces Education.com, the leading online education destination for teachers, as the latest member of the Renaissance Growth Alliance. The collaboration will provide educators with more instructional options and a seamless journey to personalized learning for every student.

The Renaissance Growth Alliance partnership will include Education.com’s digital resources, tools, and learning materials for teachers to easily view and assign to students using Renaissance Flow 360—a new solution that supports personalized learning by connecting assessment, planning, instruction, and practice in one place. Education.com resources will be mapped to Renaissance’s learning progressions, which are tailored to each state’s standards, providing targeted instruction for each student. The integration also facilitates the ability for teachers to use Renaissance Flow 360 to track a complete view of student’s mastery of state standards and skill level at group or individual levels.

“Education.com offers a breadth of teacher-approved learning materials and resources for educators, which are easy to implement and scale in the classroom,” said Paula O’Gorman, senior vice president of strategic partnerships at Renaissance. “By integrating our Renaissance Star Assessments™ with these learning resources, educators will have access to the most time-efficient, effective assessment planning possible to drive classroom instruction. We’re proud to be able to team up with Education.com to offer educators a unique solution that allows them to choose content and plan and assign lessons in one place.”

The Renaissance Growth Alliance brings best-in-class instruction to Renaissance Flow 360, providing integrated solutions that span assessment, planning, instruction, and practice. This collaboration between instructional providers combines the impacts of individual solutions helping educators deliver targeted instruction to each of their students.

Education.com is one of the fastest-growing education technology businesses in the world. Over 13 million members—including 6 million teachers—utilize online learning games and lessons via apps as well as hands-on activities, worksheets, and workbooks for pre-K through fifth-grade students. These resources are developed by educational experts, incorporate leading pedagogical practices, and support national education standards.

“This integration delivers a tremendous amount of value for the educator in terms of time savings,” said Todd Schwartz, co-CEO and co-founder of Education.com. “By bringing together our powerful solutions, we’re able to fill gaps in planning to give time back to teachers so they can focus on creating successful learning outcomes in the classroom. The Renaissance Growth Alliance is a unique, educator-centric solution that supports our teacher members in their mission.”

For additional information on the Renaissance Growth Alliance, visit https://www.renaissance.com/growth-alliance/

About Renaissance

Renaissance® is the leader in pre-K–12 learning analytics—enabling teachers, curriculum creators, and educators to drive phenomenal student growth. Renaissance’s solutions help educators analyze, customize, and plan personalized learning paths for students, allowing time for what matters—creating energizing learning experiences in the classroom. Founded by parents, upheld by educators, and enriched by data scientists, Renaissance knows learning is a continual journey—from year to year and for a lifetime. Our data-driven, personalized solutions are currently used in over one-third of U.S. schools and more than 60 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.renaissance.com.

Education.com Celebrates Industry Recognition, Accelerated Growth and Adoption

Honored with Prestigious 2017 Teachers' Choice Award for the Family

Surpasses 10 Million Members and 70 Percent Year-Over-Year Growth; Parent and Teacher Adoption Driven by Changing Edtech Landscape

SAN MATEO, Calif. – October 19, 2016Education.com, the leading online education destination for teachers, parents, and homeschoolers looking to help their kids succeed in school, today celebrated new milestones that continue the company's tremendous growth, industry recognition for innovation, and success in shaping early education. Education.com surpassed 10 million parent and teacher members, including 4 million in the past year alone, and its subscription-based revenue grew at over 70 percent year-over-year. It also received a 2017 Learning Magazing Teachers' Choice Award for the Family, recognized by teacher parents as a top tool for at-home learning.  

“At the heart of education, children need to develop foundational math and reading skills to succeed in school. All kids – and the parents and teachers trying to help them – struggle with these core skills at some level,” said Rich Yang, co-CEO, Education.com. “We are proud of the strong adoption of Education.com’s math and reading platform by millions of parents and teachers who partner with us to help their children build a strong foundation for early school success.”

"The educational landscape is changing, and Education.com is ahead of the curve. They recognize important, emerging trends in ed tech and are driving strong customer growth,” said Dr. Michael Kwatinetz, founding general partner, Azure Capital. “What also sets them apart is their ability to translate strong customer adoption into revenue. The ability to monetize a large audience allows Education.com to keep investing in new content and tools that further enhance the benefit to their users. Therefore, we believe they will be a winner in the highly fragmented, growing category of educational technology.”

Momentum Driven by Accelerating Edtech Trends

Education.com’s milestones and achievements are fueled by the company’s ability to lead and capitalize on the changing edtech landscape across the elementary school ecosystem and understand the larger edtech trends that are having a massive impact, inside and outside the classroom:

  • Consumerization: Historically, edtech adoption has been more ‘tops down’ than ‘bottoms up.’ Education.com uniquely serves it’s 5 million parents and 5 million teachers directly. Education.com’s ‘bottoms up’ growth, therefore, underscores the rise in the voice, involvement, and influence of parents and teachers. As they become more technologically savvy, parents and teachers are bringing their preferences, research, and discoveries into the classroom and home. This creates a shift from a district-driven purchase decision to one heavily influenced by direct teacher and parent stakeholders.

    •   Monetization: With education being largely a public enterprise, monetization has been the biggest challenge for edtech companies. Driven by record amounts of investor funding, most edtech companies adopted a ‘growth at all costs’ mindset, giving products away for free to drive rapid adoption in districts and schools with the expectation that revenue would follow. While some companies have achieved large customer adoption and significant growth, few have been able to charge a large audience for something that was once free. In contrast, a small, select group of companies including Education.com has focused on consumer markets and revenue models that are driving monetization at scale.

Recognized by Teachers for Excellence in At-Home Learning

Learning® Magazine recently awarded Education.com a 2017 Teachers’ Choice Award for the Family for the quality, instructional value, and ease of use of its comprehensive learning program. This award speaks to Education.com’s innovation and advocacy in guiding parents to help their children effectively at home. The Teachers’ Choice Award is one of the most recognized and prestigious awards in the educational market, recognizing the best in educational products for teachers, students, and parents. It is also the only awards program exclusively judged by teachers in the classroom and home.

“This product presents various learning standards in different ways. There are lots of things for children to choose from that work on the same or similar skill. They are actually learning while they are playing.” – Teachers’ Choice Award panelist                                                                                                                            

ABOUT EDUCATION.COM

Present in more than 10 million classrooms and households, Education.com is the #1 education site for parents and teachers to find the guidance, inspiration, and materials they need to help kids succeed. From printable workbooks to digital learning games to everything in between, Education.com delivers content kids love and resources educators rely on. Education.com is based in San Mateo, California, and was founded in 2007 by a group of parents dedicated to making learning fun inside and outside the classroom. www.education.com.

Education.com Unveils a Guided Curriculum to Better Build Essential Math and Reading Skills

New Lessons and Digital Offerings for Teachers and Parents Build Foundation for Early and Elementary School Success

SAN MATEO, Calif. – August 31, 2016 – Education.com, the leading online education destination for teachers, parents, and homeschoolers looking to help their kids succeed in school, today announced a groundbreaking new guided curriculum that changes the way they help their preschool and elementary children develop essential skills. The new skills-focused curriculum combines 30,000 expert-created resources from the industry’s most comprehensive learning library with step-by-step guided lessons mapped to specific skills, to more easily and effectively strengthen the math, reading, and writing skills that are essential for school success.

At the heart of education, children need to develop foundational math and reading skills to succeed in school. All kids struggle with these core skills at some level, and their parents and teachers equally face fundamental challenges in trying to help them: identifying the most essential math and reading skills, finding various ways to keep a child engaged in learning, and finding an educational solution that connects foundational skills to the learning needs of the individual child. Education.com’s new math and reading platform uniquely helps parents and teachers address these challenges by combining easy to follow step-by-step lessons with a variety of learning formats for a multi-sensory approach aligned to the essential skills kids need to learn.

“With today’s announcement, Education.com gives parents and teachers an easy and smart way to build a strong foundation for early math and reading success,” said Rich Yang, Co-CEO of Education.com. “We now go beyond simply supplying educational materials to educators – we work hand in hand with expert teachers and curriculum designers to guide parents and teachers. By mapping our resources to specific core skills, providing guided lessons that span multiple learning formats, and providing progress reports, we’ve created a powerful new platform that empowers educators to propel kids forward. This marks a new chapter for Education.com – we’ve answered requests from our 10 million users in a big way, and we’re excited to continue getting feedback that will enable us to keep helping them in important new ways.”

New Expert-led Curriculum Identifies and Maps Essential Skills for Success

Education.com has organized an entire curriculum around essential skills across math and ELA from Pre-K through 5th grade. It was created by national expert teachers and curriculum designers led by an in-house team of experienced graduates and advisors from institutions including Stanford University and UC Berkeley graduate schools of education.

The new curriculum organizes skills in an easy-to-follow sequence. Each skill logically builds on the next, making it easier than ever for parents and teachers to accurately track how their children are progressing and where they might need support. This organization also makes it very easy to target a specific skill or broader subject overall within Education.com’s massive learning library of resources.

Industry’s Most Comprehensive Learning Library: Now with Digital Learning Exercises

Students learn in many different ways, from writing in workbooks and playing digital games, to listening to songs and being “hands-on” with activities. Education.com’s comprehensive platform supports the diversity of its learners by offering multiple learning formats – including new expert-created digital games and exercises as well as printable resources – to help kids learn in whatever way that is best for them. With the 350 new digital exercises, Education.com combines the best of its award-winning digital learning program for kids Pre-K through 2nd grade, with multiple styles of activities designed for students 3rd through 5th grade, such as interactive graphs, visual models, and many other components that can increase conceptual understanding.

Guided Lessons Save Teachers Time; Give Parents Step-By-Step Expert Guidance

New from Education.com, Guided Lessons are a combination of the platform’s most effective learning resources organized into sequenced lessons covering 800 core skills in math and ELA. Guided Lessons put kids Pre-K through 5th grade into a game-like, immersive experience with an engaging awards system that motivates them to keep learning. Since Guided Lessons follow Education.com’s comprehensive curriculum, lessons build on each other and employ multiple learning strategies, saving teachers time from lesson planning. Simple navigation, easy to understand lesson descriptions and informative progress reports give parents the level of guidance they need and confidence that they have the best solution to help their kids excel in school.

“As a new teacher in an international school, Education.com was instrumental in helping me work with students at various levels in english and math. I like the way the site is organized and it's easy to use, giving me quick access to all the resources I need for my students. I’m also really excited about being able track progress and create lessons that will work for all of my students, regardless of level.” – Paul Richardson, teacher, Aichi International School

Availability

The new skills-focused guided curriculum and Guided Lessons are available on Education.com today on a subscription basis. Limited individual resources, including the new digital exercises, are free for Basic members. New features and enhancements will become available over the coming months.

ABOUT EDUCATION.COM

With 10 million members and millions of visitors each month, Education.com is the #1 education site for parents and teachers to find the guidance, inspiration, and materials they need to help kids succeed. From printable workbooks to digital learning games to everything in between, Education.com delivers content kids love and resources educators rely on. Education.com is based in San Mateo, California, and was founded in 2007 by a group of parents dedicated to making learning fun inside and outside the classroom. www.education.com.

Education.com Partners with Clever to Make Classroom Learning Easier and More Rewarding

Gives Teachers and Students Seamless, Secure and Free Access to Thousands of Education.com Expert-Created Resources

SAN MATEO, Calif. – April 19, 2016 – Education.com, the leading online education destination for teachers, parents and homeschoolers looking to help their kids succeed in school, today announced a new partnership with Clever to give teachers and students easy, secure, and free access to Education.com’s high-quality educational resources for a more comprehensive classroom learning experience.

Teachers know how difficult and tedious it can be to find quality learning materials for their students. Education.com provides 9 million Pre-K through 5th grade educators with expert-created printables, lesson plans, interactive games and exercises. Clever secures student data and simplifies student logins in more than a third of K-12 schools nationwide. Now, through Clever Instant Login, teachers and students can quickly and easily connect to Education.com in the classroom for free without having to manage multiple usernames and passwords.

“Education.com aims to be an important part of school and district ecosystems, and we do this in part by integrating with the technology systems that are used most in classrooms,” said Todd Schwartz, co-CEO, Education.com. “Clever has quickly gained traction as one of the most popular platforms used in schools every day. Now, teachers have a fast, secure and easy way to identify and access premium resources so they can best support their students’ learning needs.”

“Education.com is an exciting and fresh resource for both students and teachers, and our new partnership is an excellent example of how Clever can help great educational platforms improve learning outcomes in today’s schools,” said Tyler Bosmeny, co-founder and CEO, Clever.

Schwartz and Bosmeny join an elite group of education technology leaders at this week’s 2016 ASU GSV Summit. Schwartz will speak about Education.com tomorrow, Wednesday, April 20, at 2:00 PM PT.

Education.com offers premium plans that include unlimited access to more than 30,000 learning resources. More information: www.education.com/education-plus/

ABOUT CLEVER

Clever is the platform that powers the classrooms of tomorrow. Founded in 2012 by educators and technologists who knew that widely available educational apps could improve both teaching and learning, but that tools to deploy and secure the applications were simply unavailable. Today, one in three innovative K-12 schools in the U.S. trust Clever to secure their student data as they adopt learning apps in the classroom. In 2014, Clever won the ‘Crystal Clear’ award by the Digital Innovation Learning Awards. It is also the trusted provider of the American Federation of Teachers, who uses Clever to secure its own ‘Share my Lesson’ platform with its teacher members. Backed by Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Partners, Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, and GSV Capital, Clever currently has 100 employees and is based in San Francisco, California. For more information visit www.clever.com

ABOUT EDUCATION.COM

With 9 million members and millions of visitors each month, Education.com is the #1 education site for parents and teachers to find the guidance, inspiration, and materials they need to help kids succeed. From printable workbooks to Brainzy learning games to everything in between, Education.com delivers content kids love and resources educators rely on. Education.com is based in San Mateo, California, and was founded in 2007 by a group of parents dedicated to making learning fun inside and outside the classroom. www.education.com.