Quizlet allows me to create flashcards for students. In addition to making these for vocabulary words, you can also make them for collocations, dates, authors, math formulas, etc. Pretty much flashcards can be made for anything you want to help your students review at their own pace.
Students can view lists that you make without logging in or creating an account. They can also look for lists other users have created (things like GRE, TOEFL; SAT, etc. are very popular). If they create an account they can create their own lists or access them via tablets / smart phones.
Here are some of the ways students can use Quizlet. All of these examples use vocabulary words from Lewis Carroll's The Walrus and The Carpenter. You can click on the screenshots to make them bigger for a better look.
|Word / Phrase|
They can use them as traditional flashcards. The Quizlet website has a, "cards" section. Using the mouse to click from the term to the definition (or the arrow keys). Your students can set their own preference: term-->definition, definition-->term, or a mix of both.
|"Learn" with quizlet|
|Practice the spelling|
|Can you guess the answer?|
Phone / Tablet
|Students can search for lists|
|Here's the most recent list|
Once they log in they can access lists that you have made (or other users have made) as well as few different ways to study.
The first perk of the app is it includes access to a list of all the terms and definitions.
From here, the students have the same flashcard function under "cards," as the website with some more options.
You can start with the terms, definitions, or both sides.
Another option is to shuffle the cards or keep them in the same order.
Once more, for the auditory students, there's the option for the text to be spoken.
Swiping up and down lets you switch in between terms and swiping to the right shows you the definition.
All in all though, not the most exciting function.
Luckily though the app also has a game!
Now, do I think that teachers should depend exclusively on sites like Quizlet for students to learn words? No! I believe there are many dynamic ways to really help students learn words. However, this can be a great supplementary tool to help the students get additional help the best way possible for them!
As a class? You can also use it in class as a review tool! Put one of the games like "Match" or "Scatter" on the white board and have students get into teams. They can take turns buzzing in (raising their hand) to answer a review question. If they get it right, they can try to match the vocabulary words for an additional point (or to make the point valid).
UPDATE as of April 2016 there's a new way to use Quizlet in the classroom. Check it out here
I know there are many other sites like this on the web, but this is my favorite! Do you prefer another site or love Quizlet as much as I do? I'd love to hear from you!
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