Shining a light on Lumio

Updated: Mar 16

Over the past year and a half, a lot of instruction has moved to remote or online learning. We’ve been engaging our students through Zoom and Teams, but today we wanted to share with you a new favorite edtech tool – Lumio.

Move over Nearpod and Peardeck – there is a new kid on the block and it's Lumio! Lumio gives you the opportunity to teach your students through interactive slides, games, polls, and questions. We were pleasantly surprised by what it offered to adult learners! For starters, it contains a library full of templates you can customize for your own needs, saving you teacher time and sanity!

The first step is to create a free account. You can then search for content based on keywords, grades, or subjects. Then choose standards or resources to review. There are so many interactive activities to choose from! You can show material on the interactive whiteboard for students to interact with, but what if you wanted all students to interact with the material? Lumio is the perfect tool for that!

Search for content based on keywords or subjects, browse through collections of material, like the “Emotional Literacy” collection, and even limit the content to post-secondary materials.

Once you have an account, let’s talk about content creation. Create content with Lumio’s template slides or start from scratch. Fall is one of our favorite themes! It’s especially handy how the design work is already done–all you need to do is input the content. You can also click on the magic wand on the slide to make it a handout for students to complete individually or create a collaboration board for the whole class to use. There are so many options to engage your students with before a lesson. Don’t want to start from scratch or already have a presentation you want to work from? Well, you can upload a presentation that you already have and add some sprinkles to it to make it interactive for your students.

What kind of sprinkles, you ask? Well, let’s talk about fun and engaging features.

  • Add Youtube videos to your lessons.

  • Explore Desmos–a graphing calculator tool.

  • Utilize response prompts. Response prompts can take the form of multiple-choice, true/false, check box answers, polls, or short answer responses. Our favorite was the shout-out option where you can have students create a word cloud and the most popular words appear in larger font size. We did this type of activity with the prompt, “What does engaging students in class look like?” Students responded with one-word answers, but they could put up to three different responses. Students could then call out a few words to share in the large group.

  • Create a game! Students loved the monster quiz game. They worked in groups to answer multiple-choice and true and false questions. As they got answers correct, their monster avatar would burst out of its egg. It was a lot of fun to see them answer questions and work together. Several other activities are available, such as a game show, matching label reveals, and sorting activities.

  • Encourage reflection. Our preference is a six-word summary or a one-minute essay. Students can type, draw, and insert images related to the topic at hand. This is a great way to see what they know about a topic

Provide students with a code so they can join the class once you have created an activity. Once you’ve selected a mode, you can start the lesson with your students. Now you can teach students through an engaging lesson, whether they are attending in person or remotely.

But what about the data? Admittedly, the data is a little sparse. To collect how students responded to a particular question, there are options for some response types to download an Excel sheet. Otherwise, you can click on specific student responses and see what they submitted.

Lumio allows you to create content that engages students in large groups, small groups, and individual instruction. There are so many ways to support your learners. Try it! Sign up for a free Lumio account here.

*This content was originally posted on the Flourishing Academic blog.

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