Website review by Melissa Powers, Common Sense Education | Updated November 2021

LessonUp

Flexible interactive presentation tool engages kids at school and home

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Grades
K–12
Subjects & Skills
Communication & Collaboration, Critical Thinking

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Pros: Tons of premade lessons, interactive features, and differentiation options.

Cons: There's a lot to learn when you get started. More supports for students would be helpful.

Bottom Line: It's great for creating unique interactive lessons customized for every learner, but it might not be accessible for every student.

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, or for a hybrid classroom environment. In addition to live group instruction, 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. 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, 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 text, images, videos, websites, maps, game-like quizzes, interactive slides, and open-ended questions. Using the lesson library, created by other teachers and partner organizations, teachers can use existing material or just start from scratch. Teachers can present lessons in class, with or without students participating on their own devices, or assign lessons to students for independent work. Students participate with the LessonUp app or 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. It's also possible for teachers to chat with students during a lesson. Data is collected from every lesson, but it's easier to monitor student progress if they log in to a LessonUp account. 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. It combines all of the features of an app-based quizzing tool that make lessons interactive and tons of options to deliver quality lessons that address individual students' needs. The slide template is divided into separate parts (preparation, instruction, practice, evaluation, and differentiation) to help you create a well-rounded lesson. Having an extensive lesson library saves teachers time, and there's support to help you get started with all of the features. Sharing with students is simple, especially if your students use Google Classroom. If your students don't have email, Google, or Microsoft 365 accounts, you can create LessonUp usernames for them. Students can use LessonUp without an account, but data collection is limited.

Student annotation tools would be a helpful addition, although students can write responses or upload images if you choose that specific slide type. Some of the interactive elements, like quizzes, don't work well with screen readers. You can choose to record audio or upload an image instead of text, so keep in mind your students' accessibility needs when creating interactive content. More supports for students, even just around using the features, would also be helpful. It's also good to note that LessonUp is a Dutch company that has expanded internationally, so even when you are using the English site, you may occasionally encounter a random word or menu in Dutch. When searching for existing content in the shared library, you can limit your results by country of origin.

Overall Rating

Engagement

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

Pedagogy

Lesson templates and integrated tools help teachers create high-quality lessons. Detailed reporting and feedback features support a comprehensive learning environment.

Support

There are tips and ideas for teachers at every turn. The student interface is very intuitive, but there's no direct help for students, and accessibility supports require some creative thinking.


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Melissa Powers Media specialist/librarian

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Jasmin K. , Homeschooling parent
Homeschooling parent
Great for Creating Lesson Plans!
As a teaching tool, I think this app is great, however, it does take some time to set up and learn how to navigate it. There are great lesson templates and interactive tools available to supplement a lesson plan. There's also feedback features such as instant responses. A lot of tips and ideas are available for educators as well. I think the student interface can be improved because there is no direct help for students to navigate this resource.
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