Review by Marianne Rogowski, Common Sense Education | Updated December 2019

Genially

Create professional-looking media with an abundant library of templates

Subjects & skills
Subjects
  • Arts

Skills
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Creativity
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6–12
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Pros: The site supports nearly any type of media creation, and templates are varied and dynamic.

Cons: There's a lot going on, and it could be more intuitive. It might challenge school internet speeds.

Bottom Line: It's a treasure trove of well-designed templates and features that encourage creativity and collaboration, but expect some growing pains.

Teachers can use Genially to create visually appealing, engaging, interactive content for classroom lessons. Use the quiz template for a quick warm-up or closing activity. Or turn slides of short, impactful text and images into videos. Have students collaborate and analyze an infographic, adding annotations and insights using interactive tool tips. Better yet, let students create their own presentations. Break down larger topics into smaller pieces, and assign different types of presentations to individuals or pairs of students. Then have them share the links to a media album or a class hyperdoc for a more interactive and immersive learning experience. Of course, as with any creation tool, teachers should make sure students comply with copyright laws and avoid sharing personal information, especially since there are opportunities to upload images to the platform and share presentations via URL, email, and social media. Also, it'd be smart to combine Genially with a focus on visual communication skills. That way students are thoughtful about what they include in their work, and make sure it's engaging, accurate, and informative.

Genially could also be a good tool for professional development, since it offers so many different options for creation. Plus, fellow teachers might find what you make inspiring and decide to experiment themselves.

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Genially is a media creation platform focused on designing and sharing media creations and presentations of all kinds. From the dashboard, students can start from blank or predesigned templates organized into 12 types, including videos, infographics, interactive images, quizzes, and more. Students can work alone or collaborate with others to design presentations to fit an assignment's guidelines. Some students may opt for simpler designs that include images, text, and video links, while others will choose more complex elements, such as animations, interactivity, or music.  Either way, students will have to invest some time learning the features of each of the site's different creation tools. Teachers should guide the students toward the tutorials available in the help section if they get stuck on a particular feature. Take note that some features require a plan upgrade.

Not all elements are intuitive, nor will they work perfectly within the constrained tech environments of schools. Some of Genially's more interactive and unique features, such as animations or interactive tool tips, weren't working right when tested on a school internet network. (Note: We did get them to work at home, though.) 

Genially can be a great tool to encourage and grow students' design skills, as long as teachers are clear about expectations and learning goals. As a creation platform, it has an impressive set of tools for planning, designing, and presenting material.  With guidance and support, students can use Genially to learn how to consider their audience to convey messages appropriately and effectively. Collaboration opportunities also promote teamwork and cooperation, especially if teachers monitor students to see that everyone is dividing tasks fairly. What's most daunting but also most impressive about Genially is how detailed and interactive students' creations can get. There are features, like adding animations and interactive overlays to media, that other tools don't have. For the right students in the right environments, these features will be challenging and stretch students' abilities. In other environments, however, Genially might feel overcomplicated. Learning-focused features like interactive quizzes are a nice thought but are too limited for most teachers' needs. This is mainly because there's no way for teachers to see how well students do on a quiz. Teachers also can't see students' progress on presentations unless students share them.

Overall Rating

Engagement Would it motivate students and hold their interest? Is it visually appealing? Would it inspire teachers to try something new or change their instruction?

The sheer number of options for creation means there's something to engage almost any student, and no two presentations will look the same.

Pedagogy Does the tool help teachers promote a more student-centered experience? Will students gain conceptual understanding or think critically? Does it deepen teachers’ pedagogical thinking?

The platform encourages the development of creativity, design thinking, and problem-solving skills, and teachers can adapt to deliver content in compelling ways.

Support Can students and teachers get assistance when they need it? Is it created with people of different abilities and backgrounds in mind? Is learning reinforced and extended beyond the digital experience?

The site's mix of written and multimedia tutorials are available in English and Spanish. 


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Marianne Rogowski Media specialist/librarian

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Nicole O. , Media specialist/librarian
Media specialist/librarian
One tool that does it all. Great for creating whole lessons or student projects!
I love this tool as a teacher. It's powerful, and once you get the hang of it, you can use it to make almost anything. Think simplified Photoshop meets interactive tool to easily embed videos, giphs, text, images, audio, etc. I'm hoping they'll make an app soon, but in the meantime students with chromebooks or ipads can use Genially in a web browser.
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