Founded by two former teachers in 2011, LearnZillion offers a free and growing set of math and English Language resources for grades 2-12 that combines video lessons, assessments, playlists, and progress reports. The lessons are short (3-5 minutes long), produced by a Dream Team of over 100 highly regarded teachers directly from the Common Core State Standards. (While all are in English, as of the end of 2012, hundreds were being translated into Spanish.)
These videos provide grade-level appropriate, conceptual, visual explanations that can be used by both kids and adults. Each lesson focuses on a specific sub-standard, and can be organized by teachers into custom playlists for students with quizzes at the end of each lesson. However, the bulk of usage has been aimed at helping teachers solve what co-founder Eric Westendorf calls their “Sunday night problem”: quickly finding high-quality Common Core lessons and resources, like downloadable PowerPoints, that they can use in their own lesson planning for the week ahead. (The videos include a “director’s commentary,” where the teacher-author of the lesson explains the thought processes behind its design.)
Teachers use LearnZillion videos and resources for everything from whole class instruction to small group and independent work, as well as for homework assignments and to enable parents to help support student learning at home. The company recently launched Lesson Plans for essential math standards in grades 3-8. Read more about the many ways to use LearnZillion here.
Teachers can access video lessons for free. LearnZillion Premium is a curriculum and professional development platform that schools, districts, and states use to support teachers and a culture of instructional excellence.
Usage is growing. As of February 2014, the 315,000 teachers that have registered for accounts visited the site’s 4000 lessons over 1.4 million times per month. Current customers include District of Columbia Public Schools, Syracuse City School District, the Delaware Department of Education, and several other school consortia across the United States.
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