Review by Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Education | Updated July 2015
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Lumio - math games for the Common Core classroom

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Cool games boost math basics, support multiple users

Subjects & skills
Skills
  • Critical Thinking

Subjects
  • Math
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
Pre-K-3
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Pros: It's super convenient for kids to access several different games in one location.

Cons: There's no detailed way to track kids' progress.

Bottom Line: This suite games is a great resource for math centers and independent practice.

In the classroom, use Lumio – math games for the Common Core classroom as a one-stop resource for math games. Once you've created profiles, share the login information with students. Save time at the end of class for individual practice. Assign a game that aligns to your current math unit, and keep an eye to make sure students are playing the assigned game. With access to so many games, it could be tempting to wander.

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Lumio – math games for the Common Core classroom is a collection of math games geared toward kids in kindergarten through third grade. Kids can learn about a range of math topics including geometry, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, place value, and fractions. Most games follow distinct learning pathways with levels that increase in difficulty as kids play. Hints are available, and kids get constructive feedback for incorrect answers. In the teacher dashboard, users can create kid and adult profiles, and any game progress made by a user (like levels completed and rewards earned) is automatically saved. A Teacher's Guide provides objectives and standards alignments for each game. According to the developer's website, new content is added every two weeks. Users can sign up for free and then pay a subscription fee after a brief trial period.

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Many of the games teach using models, which supports deeper learning. For example, in Llama Drama, kids use animal arrays to represent multiplication problems, and in Electric Sums – Lumio Addition & Subtraction, a number line model helps kids visualize addition and subtraction. In the teacher dashboard area, users can view which levels kids have completed and how many rewards they've earned. However, there's no way to identify specific skills that kids have mastered or areas in which they may be struggling. It would be great to have a more comprehensive report that shows things such as number of attempts per level and how much improvement was made over time within weaker skill areas.

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Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Kids will be motivated to play in order to unlock the fun stories. The colorful graphics and variety of challenges will keep them engaged.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Games include structured learning paths in which challenges get more difficult as kids play. Models help kids with comprehension.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Animated instructions and easily accessible hints help kids solve problems. Many of the games include helpful audio support.


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