1. Physics and mathematics simulation
Lumio can be used in all subjects in elementary, middle and high schools. Lumio’s latest update allows you to integrate PhET simulation into the online lessons and activities you create in Lumio. Produced by the University of Colorado Boulder, PhET offers nearly 100 simulations designed to help students understand concepts in physics, chemistry, earth sciences, biology, and mathematics.
Speaking of math, you can also use the Desmos graphing calculator right inside your Lumio account to create math lessons and practice problems for your students.
Here is a video on how to use PhET simulation in Lumio activities.
2. Make your favorite photos and slides interactive
Perhaps my favorite aspect of Lumio is that you don’t need to create all the new materials to use it. In fact, you can simply import existing slides (Google and PowerPoint presentations), PDFs and images into Lumio and turn them into interactive online activities for your students.
Take a look at this video to see how easy it is to import Google Slides into Lumio.
3. Make any activity collaborative or individual!
In Lumio you can make any page in any lesson a collaborative activity or an individual activity. To do this, simply tap the magic wand icon while editing your activity, then choose either collaboratively or individually. The collaborative option provides the entire class with access to one shared copy of the activity. The individual choice provides each student with their own version of the activity to complete.
4. Create fun formative assessments
I tend to think of formative assessment in broader terms than many other teachers. For example, I think that any activity that gives me running feedback on how my students understand a concept or topic is a form of formative assessment. To that end, I love Lumio’s “Shout it Out” activity model. This is an activity in which all students respond quickly to one prompt that you give them. The responses appear on your screen and you can view them in two ways, including random display of digital sticky notes. You can also choose whether or not to display students’ names next to their answers.
Now if your definition of formative assessment is a little more structured than mine, Lumio has formative assessment templates for you. In my first Lumio blog post, I went into detail about creating formative assessments because I believe that creating a formative assessment provides the best way to see how Lumio works from a teacher’s perspective. Here’s a video overview from this blog post.
5. Share successful lessons with your peers
Have you ever had a lesson that went perfectly from start to finish? You know, an event where I felt the kids “understood” it and enjoyed “getting it.” I’ve had a few of these in my career and I’ve shared them widely with my colleagues. If you have one of these lessons and did it through Lumio, you can quickly share it with your peers. To do this, simply press the “Share” button on the lesson and send the link to your colleagues. Don’t forget to tell them why you shared it and how much your kids liked it. paying off This Tweet by Lumio Watch a video demonstration of how to share a lesson with your peers.
6. Play YouTube videos without distraction
I really like the YouTube video for helping me help my students understand a concept. For example, I used some of these PowerCert videos in my networking course last year. What I don’t like is dealing with the ads and “related” videos that come with using YouTube in my classes. Lumio offers a solution to this problem. When you use YouTube videos in Lumio, you don’t see the relevant ads and video suggestions that are usually found when you visit YouTube.
7. Display the activities the same way the students see them
Lumio does something that I hope every educational tech tool does. This is to show teachers exactly what their students will see when using the tool. From interactive previews to seeing live student work during delivery, teachers get a complete picture of the lesson their students will be participating in.
8. Add audio support for your activities
Whether it’s to add clarification, give helpful hints, or just read directions out loud, Lumio has you covered. In any of your activities/pages you can record audio support for your students to play out loud. To do this, simply click on the audio icon while editing the activity.
9. Keep students logged in when switching activities
Nothing kills momentum quite like having to wait while all of your students enter a code to join an online activity. Fortunately, this is not a problem when using Lumio. Your students use one code to join your class and as long as they keep using the same computer, tablet, or phone, they stay signed in even when they switch activities. In other words, you can do a Lumio activity in the morning and then do another activity in the afternoon and your students won’t have to re-enter the class code.
On a related note, you might think that by 2022 every educational tech tool will work on all mobile devices and all computers, but this is not always the case. Lumio works on every device that students commonly use. Students can complete Lumio lessons on iPads, Android tablets, iOS and Android phones, and in a web browser on their favorite laptop (Chromebooks included).
10. Get inspired!
If you’ve ever been “stuck” and need some inspiration to create a new lesson, Lumio has you covered with a wealth of lesson activity templates and resources covering everything from elementary school math to high school language arts. When you find a template you like, you can copy it to your Lumio library where you can then use it as written or modify it to better suit your needs. Here is a simple demonstration of how to do it.