This post is sponsored by Lumio. All opinions are my own.
What is Lumio?
Lumio is a must have digital learning tool that will transform your lessons in seconds. Take an existing lesson and quickly and easily combine Google Slides, PDFs, PowerPoints and even YouTube videos into a single lesson. Choose from a wide range of virtual manipulatives, digital games and pre-made templates and activities to further enhance your lesson. Not only will Lumio increase student engagement, but it’s going to save you time.
Once your lesson is created, it can be completed together as a class or in groups. Students can also complete the lesson on their own – using any device with a web browser.
Is this tool free to use?
5 Benefits of Using Lumio in the Elementary Classroom
First, Lumio allows for a wide variety of integrations of other platforms. It works well with Google, Microsoft® as well as learning management systems. I LOVE how I can combine my Google Slides with PowerPoint slides, include PDFs and pop in YouTube videos so quickly and easily to create a lesson!
Second, one of my favorite features is the infinite cloner tool for students to drag and drop items from a pile. You just click on the image you want to automatically duplicate, select the “infinite cloner” and BOOM, drag as many copies as you would like. Therefore, the teacher never has to create stacks of the same image which can take a good chunk of time to complete. When I create my student activities in Google Slides, I always have to create those stacks. But now with Lumio, I can use the infinite cloner tool that is included and it will save me so much time.
Third, Lumio has the unique ability to provide authentic collaboration experiences as well as easily provide group work opportunities for students. Any page can become a free-form collaborative workspace where students can work on content in pairs, small groups or as a whole class. Ink, text, video links and images can all be added from their devices. For example, in the image below students could work together to mark fairy tale elements in different stories on the chart by using the ink tool to check off each box, the text tool to type in the “proof”, or insert an image to mark each box.
Fourth, teachers can record directions seamlessly into each activity so students know exactly what to do and can play the directions at their own pace. What is extremely nice is that you have the ability to record up to 5 whole minutes. This is a total game changer, especially for elementary students! In the activity below I was able to leave a recording to let students know that I wanted them to type a few sentences explaining the main idea of their article as well as add an image to the light bulb that represents what they read about.