Monday, December 10, 2012

Day 28 - Learnzillion.com

Learnzillion.com offers teachers a wide variety of opportunities! With Learnzillion, you can "plan Common Core lessons; assign lessons and quizzes; assign your students a playlist of video lessons and a mastery quiz, then track their progress against the Common Core State Standards; use the Common Core Navigator to get a birds eye view of what your students need to know and be able to do; use the coach's commentary video to get insights on how to teach each Common Core State Standard; and engage parents [by helping them] get up-to-speed on what their student is learning each week or month." Learnzillion even provides a parent letter!

Upon logging in (which you can do via your Google Account or by creating an account with your @evsc.k12.in.us address), you are taken directly to your dashboard, which gives you notifications and allows you to begin assigning work.

If you click the "Explore Lessons" tab, you are given the option to choose between math and ELA from grades 3-8 and even select a specific Common Core standard. From the "Common Core" tab, you can select a subject, a grade level, and see the numerous lessons Learnzillion has on offer! You can sign your classes up and assign work, quizzes, and lessons from the dashboard.

Here is a sample lesson:

As you can see, there are several options available and already prepared. Learnzillion.com has approximately 2000 lessons at this time. The site is working on the option to allow teachers to post their own lessons and videos at this time, as well as offering feedback for current lessons.

More information about Learnzillion can be found here, with many other FAQs available depending on what you need here.

Challenge: In what ways could you foresee using Learnzillion.com in your classroom? Could it be more than an introductory or "hook" piece for a lesson?

21 comments:

  1. I think this is a fantastic site. I could see using this during interventions. When the teacher is pulling a group, the other students can be using Learnzillion to practice skills. It can be differentiated based on student need. Assigning Acuity practice gets boring after awhile, and this is something fresh and new. The particular "assignment" I found was related to basing responses to literature in text for third grade. It also looked like one could use specific slides from the lesson and use them on the Activboard or import them into another flipchart. It even had material that a teacher could send home to inform parents about what was going on in the classroom and how to help at home. Good find!

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  2. As Kati says, it could be used for interventions as we are beginning to explore possibilities for high school RTI. I was disappointed to see that the CCSS only goes to 8th grade. There isn't much out there for high school CCSS math standards yet...
    Learnzillion is another eye catching site to hook students as you say; but at the high school level could/should be used sparingly since it's not standards based (yet).

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  3. Looking around the site, I can see how valuable it would be for K-8 teachers. I am encouraged that one of the selection options does indicate "HS" although there are no lessons available at that level yet. Maybe Learnzillion has expansion plans?

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  4. I have looked on this website many times for ideas. I haven't found too many that go with my subject area and specific lesson--but I am anxiously awaiting the site to take off. I think it will be become a great place to gather digital content and ideas for implementation. I think it will be great for the intervention time!

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  5. Reitz has a lot of cross-curricular activities that we have to do each semester. We have to do math problems, read articles and fill out a main idea graphic organizer, as well as write MLA style papers in every class every grading period. I often have a hard time figuring out what to do for math since I don't teach math. I could definitely use Learnzillion.com to help pick math concepts to cover for my classes. I could also use some of their writing prompts for MLA style essays.

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  6. I clicked around and found a way to find some high school math lessons. However, I was disappointed to immediately notice that the video I started viewing had an error in it. I scrolled further along in the video and heard another error. Someone really needs to screen the videos better!! I like the idea of the mastery quizzes for each lesson and would like to see this site take off with CCSS for high school math! Students could currently use this to reinforce concepts.

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  7. Thanks for the interest and comments! We are expanding to include much more High School content starting this spring. We're still relatively new (about a year old) and working to figure out how to make the site more useful to teachers in addition to adding content.

    Beth--if there's any chance that you can find those errors again, please let me know the lesson! We try to fix errors quickly. You can reach us at feedback@learnzillion.com or {myfirstname}@learnzillion.com.

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    1. I found the "report errors" email address on the website and reported it.

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  8. Looking forward to seeing the more high school content. This seems like it is very similar to Khan Academy with the benefits of being able to plan your lesson on the site as well, and focusing on the common core standards. The coach's commentary is also an interesting feature. It would be a great tool to help struggling students through differentiation.

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  9. This is not something that I would use unless I was doing some cross-curricular lessons. It is a neat idea, but I agree that it needs to be expanded in both subjects and amount of material available. I always try to teach new material through the computer if possible and this could be another way to do that.

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  10. Very similar to khan academy but categorizes everything by common core standards. I didn't find much for high school but understand that more is coming. I'm already using another site to keep track of my classes and don't think I would transfer to this.

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  11. I am a middle school teacher so this does cover my content area. I would see myself possibly using this as a way to get students to work on their acuity areas without them knowing. They don't like it when I have them login in and try and learn from acuity itself, but if there was another site I could easily tie into the same standard quickly I think it could be a boon.

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  12. I LOVE this. I can see using for intervention and love that you are able to differentiate. We currently have the students use Scootpad.com for extra practice in Reading and Math. It is self paced and aligned with our standards. I like that this has a parent log in letter and that it aligns with Common Core. One more great addition to help prepare our students for ISTEP. I look forward to seeing what all they add and will for sure send this information home with my parents. I just wish we had netbooks I could send home so more kids could get on and practice. I will have my students use in our lab, if and when it ever reopens with all the testing!. It sounds a lot like the assignments we can give students from ACUITY so they will be used to it. Thanks for another great resource!

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  13. This looks great! I will use it for reinforcement of lessons as I work with small groups in math workshop. I have been using sheppardsoftware.com for games quite a bit. However, I like that this is not just a game, but more directed instruction with results I can see. My students' parents are very involved and would love to have this resource at home as well. Can't wait to use it! I will say that I noticed my next topic in math 3rd grade is not available, geometry. Can't wait until more is added. Keep up the great work!

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  14. This looks great! I love that it is common core aligned and that it has audio. For students with special needs, this will be much better than the Acuity resources that they can't read by themselves. I also like the guided practice. This could be useful in aiding with homework. I look forward to using it!

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  15. This looks like it has some neat lessons on it, and though my subject area is not covered - I can get ideas from many of the lessons to incorporate into what I teach. We discussed at a meeting just last week about leaving common math or english lessons with a sub as some of those "extras" to have on hand in case students finish early. These might come in handy for that.

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  16. As of now, the site does not support my content area but says that social studies is coming in the future. That's great news because the site looks great and the lessons I explored in math and ELA seem interesting and engaging.

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  17. This looks like a fantastic site. I am always looking for sites to encourage my kids to use technology and ways to help reinforce the skills I teach. I'm looking forward to trying this out.

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  18. I may not be able to use this in music, but it looks really good for elementary! I will recommend it to my colleagues, and I like the layout, very user friendly.

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  19. This looks interesting. I'm not sure I can fit it into our day at the moment, but I can definitely encourage at-home use for my 4th graders. We're fortunate that most of them have computers at home. I look forward to seeing this site expand its offerings.

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  20. I appreciate the streamlining of learning management with content! My Big Campus has much of this, but it looks like this might work better for the lower grades.

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