Review by Melissa Powers, Common Sense Education | Updated September 2018

LessonUp

Flexible interactive presentation tool engages kids at school and home

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  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
3–12
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Pros: LessonUp works great for both in-class engagement and flipped learning.

Cons: Visual reports are designed for "at-a-glance" review and not data collection.

Bottom Line: LessonUp is for teachers who like designing unique lessons to reach every learner.

Most interactive lesson platforms are designed to make class time very engaging, and LessonUp will serve that purpose. But LessonUp might be best designed for independent or at-home learning. Teachers can assign lessons to their students (individually or as a class) to complete asynchronously. Use LessonUp to create a well-designed lesson with online videos, key terms, curated websites, images, and questions to check for understanding. Students complete the lessonĀ at their own pace. As students move through the lesson, they can go forward or backward, even changing question responses as they learn. If you mark slides as "extra practice" or "extra challenge," instruct students to take the path they need, or require completion of a certain number of each type. When you're back together as a class, you can review student responses, verify understanding, and devote more time to discussion or hands-on activities. The lesson report is particularly useful, showing teachers which slides/activities students skipped in addition to their question responses.

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LessonUp is a web-based interactive lesson platform that integrates slides, images, videos, websites, maps, Kahoot-style quizzes, and open-ended questions. Teachers can present lessons in class, with students participating on student devices, or assign lessons to students for independent work. Students participate in a web browser on any type of internet-connected device. During the lesson, teachers can annotate on the screen and choose whether or not to cast their screen to student devices. In order for data to be collected and saved, students must log in to LessonUp using their email address or an auto-generated username. A differentiation feature lets teachers color-code slides to offer extra practice or create custom paths. Lessons can also be assigned to specific students instead of the whole class. Teachers can share lessons with each other via a link or by posting them in the LessonUp library.

LessonUp delivers a well-designed experience for students and teachers alike. The slide template is divided into separate partsĀ (preparation, instruction, practice, evaluation, and differentiation) to help you create a well-rounded lesson. LessonUp is a Dutch company that's just starting to expand globally. Because of this, the English/U.S. lesson library has a lot of room to grow. For teachers who like making their own content anyway, this won't be a problem.

Sharing with students is simple, especially if your students have Google accounts. The no-email account option is less ideal because it auto-generates odd usernames and passwords that cannot be changed. Other expected but missing features include student annotation tools (for drawing responses) and the ability to export report data to a spreadsheet. Still, there are plenty of ways to use LessonUp to keep students connected and learning.

Overall Rating

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

Competitive quizzes, instant responses, and multimedia content will help students feel connected to the lesson and each other.

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

By following the lesson template and using integrated search tools, teachers can quickly create high-quality lessons.

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

Tutorial videos help teachers get started, but student support is nonexistent.


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