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LearnZillion

By Charles G. Doe - Posted May 1, 2012
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Company: LearnZillion, http://learnzillion.com. Contact is by using an online form. No further company or contact information is available.

Price: LearnZillion is a subscription web-based service. Pricing is based on the number using it and isn’t available online. Click the various Sign Up buttons on the website to get the cost of using it in your situation.

Audience: LearnZillion was developed for math classes in grades 3 to 9.

Format: LearnZillion is a portal for teachers, students, administrators, and parents that is available as a subscription web-based service. It has audio and video lessons with a tool for assigning lessons to a class or individual students and for keeping track of student progress.

System Requirements: LearnZillion requires internet access, the faster the better, and a newer computer. Since it is a web-based service, it will work with most platforms. Contact LearnZillion for further details.

Description: LearnZillion is a learning platform that combines video lessons, assessments, and progress reporting with each lesson highlighting a common core standard. Teachers can assign lessons to classes or individuals when remedial or enrichment math work is needed.

REPORT CARD
Overall Rating:4 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support:A

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: While a few supporting programs and settings are needed, installation essentially involves subscribing and setting up classes. In­ stallation Rating: A

Content/Features: LearnZillion puts quality math instruction and assessment items at a teacher’s fingertips. Teachers can get practical teaching resources, create playlists for classes, track homework, and give students individualized instruction as needed.

Teachers can choose from a large number of lessons on 12 topics: fractions, number sense, whole number and decimal operations, measurement and data, geometry basics, algebra basics, geometry, ratios and proportionality, real numbers, statistics and probability, algebra, and complex numbers.

Teachers can then watch lessons of their choice on topics they’re about to teach. The “director’s commentary” edition gives the rationale behind a lesson. Teachers can then download accompanying lesson plans and slides to use with their lessons.

An excellent tool with LearnZillion is the playlist maker. Teachers can find the standards they are teaching that week, drag them into the playlist maker, and then assign them to the entire class or individuals. Students can review lessons, and parents can stay up-to-date with what their children are doing.

Student progress can be tracked using the short quiz after each math lesson. LearnZillion scores it automatically and updates each student’s profile. When teachers use LearnZillion for homework, all scoring and tracking are done for them.

A final feature is that in addition to teacher accounts, administrators can purchase accounts if they want to set up accounts for teachers. Parent accounts will be available soon. If interested in this excellent program, do use the online contact forms for more information since information on the website is minimal at best. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Directions are well-written, and much of LearnZillion is intuitive. However, beginning computer users and students will need an introduction and practice. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: LearnZillion provides schools and districts with customized support, so the program can be used as a professional development resource or a tool for personalizing instruction. More standard types of support are available with accounts. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: This is a good program, and I recommend it for math programs at the appropriate grade level. However, LearnZillion will be most effective if used by students, but not as a demonstration tool. Be sure target students have adequate computer access. Recommended.

Reviewer: Charles Doe (charliegd@sbcglobal.net) is a 39-year teacher, including 10 years as elementary media specialist in Hastings Area Schools in Hastings, Mich. For the past 12 years, he has written articles and reviews for Internet@Schools.


 
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