LearnZillion

Quality Common Core-aligned lessons with great modeling for teachers

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Based on 47 reviews

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Expert evaluation by Common Sense

Grades

K–8

Subjects & Skills

Critical Thinking, English Language Arts, Math

Great for

Lesson Planning, Professional Learning

Price: Free
Platforms: Web

Pros: It's super customizable, which means you can assign kids the lessons they need to work on most.

Cons: Lacks an element of fun, which could make using the site feel like work for some kids.

Bottom Line: An innovative way to enhance lessons and tailor learning for individual needs.

Use LearnZillion to give your students an extra learning boost, to give them review on topics you've covered in class, or even to give them a springboard for new exploration. You can also find new lessons, give yourself inspiration, or learn how to explain a concept a different way. Full lesson plans, complete with teaching notes, necessary prerequisites, and more, provide a lot of the background work necessary for teaching a new concept.

You and your students can do these lessons as a whole class, or students can do them in small groups or on their own. For example, hold a "math lab" where kids work on slightly different sets of problems that are specifically tailored to their needs. Assign "just right" practice exercises to each student based on their level of understanding. As students work, move around the classroom to check in, guide, and assist where needed. Afterward, use the videos as a follow-up for homework or classwork. As needed, you can assign extra practice as an extension or for intervention.

LearnZillion is an online database of short video lessons that address learning topics aligned to individual Common Core standards. The lessons cover a wide variety of math and English language arts topics for the K-8 grade span. Experienced teachers create the three- to five-minute videos and lessons, complete with leveled practice problems, anchor texts, and writing prompts. Separate curriculum sets targeting particular topics and grades offer whole lesson plans, teacher hints, background information, and additional guidance, including ready-to-present slide-like presentations that incorporate videos, visuals, and hands-on practice. It's accessible on the web and on iOS and Android tablets.

For kids, the videos feature commentary, extra hints, tricks, and a "try it yourself" segment to help them practice on their own. Multiple-choice quizzes help assess students' learning. When both kids and teachers create accounts, teachers can assign lessons to individual students or to the whole class, see who's completed a lesson, and view students' scores.

Full Disclosure: LearnZillion and Common Sense Education share funders; however, those relationships do not impact Common Sense Education's editorial independence and this learning rating.

At its best, LearnZillion acts as a mix of teacher's assistant and mentor. Not sure how to explain a new or difficult concept? You can get helpful guidance from another teacher who's found a successful method. Teachers who are spread thin, or those whose students may need extra help, can use it to provide targeted attention to students right where they need it most. For instance, before students try any particular math lesson, a series of links help teachers identify the necessary skills students will need to know. This is very useful in helping teachers identify any gaps in students' knowledge before they begin. Lessons also offer teachers a variety of extension and intervention ideas. Teachers can sign up for a free account to get access to limited content for one teacher and one student. Paid school and district plans offer full content for multiple users. 

Teachers should know that LearnZillion isn't a game; it's better as a teacher's tool than as a super-exciting activity for kids. However, what it may lack in fun factor, it makes up for in clear, instructive content. LearnZillion does so much of the background and presentation work for you, it may feel like a virtual teacher. But rather than thinking of it as a teacher substitute -- there's no replacement for hands-on, face-to-face interaction -- think of it as a teacher enhancement. Live teachers are essential for choosing assignments wisely, tracking progress, and filling in the gaps when kids struggle. While the multiple-choice quizzes may not align perfectly with each lesson's content, they're serviceable. Teachers may still choose to do their own learning assessments offline. While the site provides answer keys, the inclusion of authentic student work samples and assessment criteria would offer a stronger picture of what quality work looks like.

Learning Rating

Overall Rating
Engagement

It's easy to use, and visuals are appealing. While it may lack obvious hooks for engagement, kids should be drawn in by the desire to learn in a personalized way.

Pedagogy

Developed by experienced teachers, the lessons are clear and concise. Practice exercises and prompts encourage kids to learn independently. With a teacher's help, personalized assignments can meet students right at their problem areas.

Support

Many of the how-to videos and lesson plans are helpful and demonstrate the site's potential and utility in the classroom. Teachers can keep track of students' progress as well.

Community Rating

Love this site. Totally...

Get better workers, how do you manage to have workers that write like they are dyslexic and stutter in their writing. I could use learnzillion to put people to sleep and give them depression at the same time. I thought this would be a good platform but teaching this made me rethink my life choices. I always had hoped that there were some good people out there but after seeing the lessons provided on this site I have no hope for humanity anymore. Engilsh majors have read your tests and proved your questions to be completely untrue and idiotic. If i were in charge of this company I would shut it down for child abuse. The only hope left in the world is for learnzillion to be shut down, you are producing a generation of idiots that cannot form a sentence without stuttering. My child has literally no comprehensive ELA skill but at least he knows what color shirt Romeo was wearing on page 246 of Act 3, Scene 3. Actually, he doesn't even know that because Learnzillion can't even get basic facts about the books that they are literally paid to create things about. It's pretty sad that these people literally don't even read the books that they are paid to create tests that could decide the entire future of a student's life. If they do read the books, I'm 100% convinced that the creators of the tests have an age in single digit numbers. Your tests challenge students more when they are trying to understand what you just wrote instead of answering the questions. You have 32.5 million dollars to spend and you produce lessons that cost me $60 million in therapy for my children. I hope you're happy because my children definitely aren't. Would not reccomend.

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Data Safety How safe is this product?

  • Users can interact with trusted users.
  • Users cannot interact with untrusted users, including strangers and/or adults.
  • Profile information must be not shared for social interactions.

Data Rights What rights do I have to the data?

  • Users can create or upload content.
  • Users retain ownership of their data.
  • Processes to access or review user data are available.

Ads & Tracking Are there advertisements or tracking?

  • Personal information is not shared for third-party marketing.
  • Traditional or contextual advertisements are not displayed.
  • Personalised advertising is not displayed.

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