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Lesson development tool lets you search by student interest

By Laura Devaney
August 5th, 2015

InterestID recommends relevant lessons based on student interest

interest-techNextLesson, a K-12 developer of personally relevant curriculum, has launched InterestID, a student interest and lesson discovery tool, at EdmodoCon 2015. InterestID enables teachers to discover their students’ interests and easily find standards-aligned lessons on topics students love.

InterestID allows students to voice their favorite interests within categories such as sports, books, movies, food, music and gadgets. Students can filter by specific categories, rate whether they like or dislike individual items, and add new interests to guide future lesson development. They can also view a summary of their most liked categories and interests.

Teachers are able to view the interests of their students in a summary that displays the top categories, most popular interests within those categories, and recommended lessons from NextLesson based on those interests. Teachers can view summaries for individual students or classes as a whole, and track changes in their students’ interests over time.

“We want to help teachers make learning relevant by connecting lessons to things students already know and like,” says Dion Lim, Founder and CEO of NextLesson. “By having students voice their interests through InterestID, teachers can meet students where they are by discovering lessons that their students will find interesting and engaging.”

InterestID is a free tool available on nextlesson.org and in the Edmodo Store.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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Laura Devaney

Laura Ascione Devaney is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura