IOWA CITY, Iowa, July 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Pear Deck has earned the Research-Based Design product certification from education nonprofit Digital Promise, a distinction that serves as a reliable signal for consumers, including school administrators and educators, looking for evidence of research-based edtech products.
To earn this recognition, Pear Deck submitted evidence to Digital Promise confirming a link between research on how students learn and the product’s design. Digital Promise believes research-based products are ones that are most likely to support the full diversity of learners because their design is based on valid, empirical research about how people learn.
“School leaders and teachers need effective edtech tools that enhance learning and engagement now more than ever,” says Michal Eynon-Lynch, Pear Deck Co-Founder and Chief Educator. “We’re proud to earn this certification as it reaffirms the proactive work that we’ve done to design Pear Deck in a way that supports proven instructional strategies.”
Pear Deck was founded in 2014 by educators on a mission to transform classroom technology into effective tools to foster learning and connection. Since the beginning of the year, the company has rapidly built new product features, infrastructure, and resources to support a growing number of classrooms around the world in their transition to remote learning.
“Schools and families want to know which edtech products can actually help students learn,” said Karen Cator, president and CEO of Digital Promise.
The Research-Based Design product certification uses a competency-based learning framework, developed in consultation with Digital Promise’s Learner Variability Project advisory board, expert researchers in the Learning Sciences field, and dozens of educators across the United States. Further detail can be found in Digital Promise’s new report, “Designing Edtech that Matters for Learning: Research-Based Design Product Certifications.”