7/30/2014 By: Kyle Shack
www.learningupgrade.com • Retail Price: 20 Student Licenses: Free; Student Annual Licenses: $30 per student; School-wide License: $7,500
Learning Upgrade offers a comprehensive,
personalized, and engaging learning
experience solution through its online reading
and math-related courses.
Quality and Effectiveness: Learning
Upgrade delivers a solid product, designed
to aid fundamental math and reading skills. The
content of the courses emphasizes K-8 standards,
but the structure of the lessons also allows for them
to be effectively used with struggling students for
remediation. The lessons demonstrate key concepts
through the use of animated cartoons and music,
while developing student understanding through
game-based activities. Each course moves linearly
through the Common Core-aligned content, providing
both students and teachers with formative and
summative assessments to monitor progress
Ease of Use: Both teacher and student
experiences are simple and easy to
navigate. Instructions are delivered
in multiple engaging mediums.
Navigation through the courses is easy
to understand for the student. Learning
Upgrade does a great job in laying out the
goals for the students as they work towards
completion of the material.
attention through every step of the lesson. Interactive
whiteboard technology is utilized in the Teacher Whiteboard
Lessons. The use of musical instructions, interactive games, and
animated corrections works seamlessly, and the student experience
feels more like a video game than anything else.
Suitability for Use in a School Environment: Learning Upgrade’s
services are completely Web-based, providing tremendous flexibility
to schools as they implement the platform in their buildings. Teachers
have easy access to not only student data, but also the ability to enroll
students in courses and monitor their progress. Teacher Whiteboard
Courses allow Learning Upgrade’s lessons to be taught in a group
format, which is ideal for younger students or as a modeling tool
• The program’s Web-based service provides ease of access to both student and
teacher and lowers the cost of rollout.
• The lessons are engaging for students of varying ages and abilities, which
allows for a wide implementation in any school or district.
• The program is extremely easy to use. Neither the student nor the teacher will
struggle with understanding the course content or goals.
Learning Upgrade is an
extremely flexible platform,
which can be delivered in
either group or individual
formats, and implemented
as either supplementary
instruction or used as the
primary instruction in