Review by Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Education | Updated February 2017


One-stop organizational tool has serious functionality issues

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Pros: Teachers can easily organize lesson plans that include a variety of teaching resources such as videos, documents, and links to websites.

Cons: It's unclear how to set up personalized lessons and track student progress, which the developer claims are two of the site's main features.

Bottom Line: Although this organizational tool is intended to make lesson planning easy, problems with functionality are frustrating and limiting.

Teachers can use Classary to organize their lesson plans and create assignments. After adding a class at the home menu, add students to the class and then create a board to display lesson plans. Arrange the lessons in any order by creating lists and assignment cards that can be dragged and dropped into different areas of the board.

While these features are somewhat useful for teachers from an organizational perspective, it is unclear how teachers can collaborate with colleagues, parents, and other education professionals; copying and pasting a system-generated link did not even work during this review. Furthermore, it is difficult to determine how to add students to assignment cards.

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Classary is a digital tool that allows teachers to set up lesson plans and organize them on a board. Teachers can use a variety of resources in their lesson plans by uploading attachments, adding links to videos or websites, and including personalized labels and comments. There's also a built-in calendar for setting start and due dates. Creating a new class is a snap: Simply tap an icon on the home screen, and then add new student names. Passwords are automatically generated.

Adding students to assignment cards, sending the assignments, and accessing the site as a student are core features that don't seem to work properly. This, in turn, causes an issue with viewing student performance. Therefore, any description of this tool as a personalized learning platform is highly questionable.

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Classary gives teachers the ability to create flexible lesson plans, gather materials from a variety of places, and add standards to assignment cards. The ease of uploading a variety of resources, such as videos, to lesson plans is a great feature.

Ideally, teachers can customize assignments and tailor them to meet each student's learning goals. However, without the ability to add students to assignment cards, personalizing and sharing lessons with students is impossible. Because of the functionality problems, the learning value of this tool is minimal.

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Overall Rating

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

The interface is clean and colorful, but the functionality issues make the experience frustrating and far from enjoyable. 

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

Teachers can organize lesson plans and keep all kinds of digital resources in one place. The premise of a personalized learning platform is not realized. 

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

While lesson organizing and media uploading are straightforward enough, tutorials do not provide an adequate solution for learning how everything works. 

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