6 Lumio Features for Differentiating Instruction

Caylie Gaccione
Curriculum Specialist
Blog on March 01 2022

Differentiating instruction is a phrase that we, as educators, hear all the time. Our ultimate goal when it comes to differentiation is providing support for all of our students in order to meet their diverse needs. With so many online resources out there, how can we choose ones that are appropriate, engaging, and flexible for our students? Lumio by SMART is an excellent option for transforming lessons and creating supplemental resources to help students develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

What is Lumio?

Lumio (formerly SMART Learning Suite Online) is a digital learning tool that transforms static content. Lumio is the web version of SMART Notebook and enables students to complete interactive games, lessons, and activities from any internet-connected device. With Lumio, teachers can take premade lessons and then add new or enhanced  learning opportunities for students. No matter what level your students are, or what support they need, Lumio is the perfect option for easily adding in differentiated materials to your lessons. Let’s explore some of these amazing features!

Feature #1: Activating Prior Knowledge

Lumio has many premade templates broken down into various categories. The “Activating Prior Knowledge” templates are an excellent option for learning where your students are at from the start of a lesson. Choose from “Shout it Out!”, Response, or Handout activities to tap into your students’ background knowledge. One of my favorite options is the handout that asks students to draw what they know about a given topic. This allows teachers to determine what additional planning or instructional support that will need to be given to students in order to best support them along the learning journey.

The different activities available on Lumio.

Feature #2: Graphic Organizers

Graphic organizers are one of the most effective ways to differentiate an activity. Lumio has several premade graphic organizers that students can use to organize their ideas and showcase their thinking. Teachers can use these graphic organizers to simplify complex information. The best part is, there are so many different graphic organizers that  teachers don’t have to worry about creating brand new materials. Multiple graphic organizers can be incorporated into a single lesson as well. From brainstorming webs to story mapping, students at all levels can succeed.

The various graphic organizer templates to choose from.

Feature #3: Images & Video

Adding images and videos into instructional content is an effective way to tap into students’ personal interests while also adapting lessons to meet their individual needs. With a few clicks, videos and images can be imported into Lumio lessons. Given the option for student-paced instruction on Lumio, teachers can add in a video that students can watch at their own pace in order to supplement instruction. Be sure to consider the material that you already have and then determine where images or video can be added in order to make the most of the learning experience. Take advantage of duplicating pages, adding images, and assigning specific pages for students to practice and review.

Video streaming services to import videos and images into Lumio lessons.

Feature #4: Voice Recording

Lumio has the option for audio to be recorded right into a lesson. Use the audio feature to record directions, tips, or additional information for students. Students can play the directions at any point while working on a lesson or activity. This feature lets teachers tap into student’s needs and differentiate by providing verbal cues. In edit mode, simply click on the instructional audio icon in the top right corner and start recording. You can record up to 5 minutes!

Voice recording feature to add audio to a Lumio lesson.

Feature #5: Game-Based Learning

Some of the most widely used Lumio features are the premade, game-based activities. There are currently 12 templates available. Each of these templates can be customized to meet the needs of your students no matter what grade level or subject area you are teaching. Choose from Fill in the Blanks, Game Show, Monster Quiz, Super Sort, and so much more to create interactive games and assessments that are both engaging and appropriate for a variety of learning needs.

Different game-based activity templates to choose from.

Feature #6: Individual & Group Handouts

The Individual and Group Handouts feature on Lumio allows for students to work independently on academically appropriate content or to collaborate with peers in a meaningful way. With this feature, students can use ink features, and even add in text, links, and images to show their thinking. This is a great option for differentiating instruction and for providing students with exactly the materials they need in order to succeed. Teachers can also hop into each individual handout or group workspace in order to check progress and provide feedback or support along the way.

For any of these features, all you need to do is go to the Lumio homepage and select “Teacher sign in” to begin by either creating an account or logging into a pre-existing account. Once you are logged in, select “Add Activities” to import pre-existing resources that you can add onto or simply start by adding any of the above mentioned features. You can also find organization and teacher-created activities by clicking  the “Explore Resources” button. Search a huge library of premade activities by subject, grade level, or keyword.

Be sure to check out our accompanying OTIS course, Differentiation Tips for ELLs Using Lumio as well as our Lumio category in the OTIS Course Library to see these tools in action! For more tips, tricks, and tools for teaching in and out of the classroom, check out more articles on the Teq Talk blog. We also offer virtual professional development, training, and remote learning support for educators with OTIS for educators. Explore the technology, tools, and strategies that can spark student success — no matter where teaching or learning are happening.


For more tips, tricks, and tools for teaching in and out of the classroom, check out more articles on the Teq Talk blog.

We also offer virtual professional development, training, and remote learning support for educators with OTIS for educators. Explore the technology, tools, and strategies that can spark student success — no matter where teaching or learning are happening.


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