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  • Genial.ly

    Learner-centered DesignSocial Learning TheoryConstructionism

    Genial.ly is an online tool that can be used to create still, animated, or interactive visuals, such as posters, infographics, quizzes, and presentations. To create visuals, you can use pre-made templates or start from scratch. If you are a premium member, you can import your PowerPoint slides and have them be transformed into “Genially creations.” Genial.ly can increase engagement in learning and allow students to express their knowledge and develop their communication skills.

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    Tool Snapshot

     PriceBasic account: Free; Student: $1.25/mo.; Edu Pro: $4.99/mo.; Master: $20.82/mo.; Note: All paid plans are billed yearly.
    LearningConstructionism, Social Learning
    Ease of Use★★★✩✩
    Class SizeUnlimited – Each student could setup their own individual account or work in groups on a shared account
    ISTE*SEmpowered Learner, Knowledge Constructor, Creative Communicator 
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    There is a multitude of different plans aimed at either education or professional use, all of which vary in both price, and choice of billing period. Below are the educational options.

     FreeStudentEdu ProMaster
    Price$0$1.25/mo. billed yearly$4.99/mo. billed yearly$20.82/mo. billed yearly
    Unlimited Projects
    Unlimited Views
    Templates and ResourcesFree only10 Premium/yearUnlimitedUnlimited
    Viewing Offline 
    Download project as PDF or JPG 
    Create Folders  
    Transfer Projects  
    Brand Personalisation   
    Advanced Collaboration   
    Management of Corporate Resources   

    *Table adapted from Genial.ly Pricing Page.

    Note: There are a lot of premium templates, but you are able to filter them so you are only shown the free templates.

    Ease of Use 




    Genial.ly in 120 seconds video 

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    Genial.ly & the SAMR Model

    Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model offers a lens for examining how technology is adopted in a classroom. As you strive to incorporate online tools into your classroom, we encourage you to use this model as an analytic tool. 

    Here is an example of how Genial.ly might fit within the SAMR model using the topic ‘Global Warming’: 

    Far too often, technology is used as a direct substitute for other low-tech tools (e.g., pencil and paper). While substitution has some benefits (e.g., students develop their technology skills and knowledge), we encourage you to think about how you might use Genial.ly to modify or redefine learning.

    Learning Activities


    Students can create an infographic of the information in a novel to highlight the different parts of the plot. 


    Students can create an interactive math quiz and take the quiz of another group with different problems. 


    Students can create interactive images* to display the different plants, animals, and natural resources in a habitat. *Interactive images can have embedded multimedia as well as pop-up boxes that can show more information, images, videos, or links to external resources. 


    Students can choose from one of the “personal branding” visuals to show snapshots of information on presidential candidates. These specific visuals are a type of infographic that is specifically formatted to give an overview of information on a person. 


    How to Use Genial.ly

    Genial.ly sign in/sign up page. It has the option of signing up with Google, Facebook, Twitter, Linkdin and Office 365.

    The Genial.ly home page with the title 'Make something that matters - create stunning presentations, infographics and more in just seconds' along with a button saying 'Create your free account'.

    A page with the heading 'Choose your sector' and the options 'Education, Corporate, and Digital Content'.

    The Genial.ly Dashboard with the heading 'What you can create with Genial.ly' with 12 different options such as presentation, infographic, story and guide.

    The 'Presentation' page with numerous presentation templates.

    Screenshot of the editor tutorial video.

    A page saying 'Congratulations! You've launched your creation', with the options to present, share or download.



    Jiménez, C., Arís, N., Magreñán Ruiz, Á. A., & Orcos, L. (2020). Digital escape room, using Genial. Ly and a breakout to learn algebra at secondary education level in SpainEducation Sciences10(10), 271.

    Kaźmierczak, P. (2020). Is the Genial. ly app really phenomenal? About potential of online tool during lessons of Polish as a foreign languageActa Universitatis Lodziensis. Kształcenie Polonistyczne Cudzoziemców27(1), 559-570.


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