Using Lucidspark for Classroom Teaching
July 12, 2022

Using Lucidspark for Classroom Teaching

Jeffrey Arrowood | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Lucidspark

I use Lucidspark as a teacher to create educational models and diagrams and then share them online with my students. I do not use it for collaboration (though there is potential to allow students to collaborate on diagrams as part of a homework assignment). I was looking for a visual aid that was flexible, allowed for long-form text, and could be shared by a link. I am trying Lucidspark for this year to see how well it works for my needs.
  • Provides a more free-flowing design than mind mapping software
  • Allows for long-form text to illustrate points in the diagram
  • Allows for sharing of diagrams through a shared link
  • Offers templates and examples for great-looking diagrams
  • Allows for different kinds of informational structures (timelines, progressions, lists, etc)
  • Some of the features (such as grouping objects) are not as intuitive as they could be
  • There should be pricing options for individual usage with sharing but not collaboration
  • Lucid seems focused on the business market. It would be great to have something tailored toward education
  • Sharing documents reduced copying costs
  • Sharing diagrams increased student access to classroom discussions
  • Sharing diagrams allowed for absent students to catch up on missed material
While Lucidspark has an intuitive interface akin to Canva, it is not intuitive enough to allow for efficient live creation of diagrams.
The integration with Google Drive makes it easier to organize and share class diagrams. Since I am not suing Lucidspark for business, I do not use integrations with Slack or other workflow software.
The greatest strength of Lucidspark as a virtual whiteboard is that it allows for great flexibility without requiring me to draw freehand. It isn’t quite intuitive enough to make live diagram creation efficient. I do not use Lucidspark to collaborate with others online beyond sharing diagrams for viewing purposes.
I have not had much experience with Lucidspark support.

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Lucidspark offers an infinite canvas, which is much more useful than Google Jamboard’s small board. Lucidspark also offers more options for text and shapes. However, Jamboard is a bit easier to create diagrams on the fly. The one needs Lucidspark doesn’t fit as well as recording live discussion points.
The flexibility of Lucidspark potentially makes it a great tool for educational presentations that can be projected for a classroom experience and then shared for at-home viewing. However, it is designed and marketed for business collaboration so it does not exactly match the needs of educators. It tends to be a bit more labor-intensive than typical mind mapping software, making the live creation of diagrams during class less efficient.