There are more than 40 million visits to Quizlet every single month, and Quizlet is currently ranked among the top 50 U.S. websites. Quizlet users begin by either searching for publicly-shared study sets or creating their own.
Users choose which of their sets are public. To create a new study set, user’s input study information in the form of terms and definitions (which can include images, if, for example, you are studying anatomy or audio if you are studying for a spanish class). Quizlet then converts that information into six different study modes in a user-friendly and intuitive format. Quizlet modes include timed games, which are great for getting those competitive-natured students in your classroom actively involved in their learning, instead of passively trying to memorize a list of vocabulary. Finally, students (and parents and teachers) can track their progress to determine what material needs to be focused on to achieve mastery.
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 Quizlet might fit within the SAMR model:
Have each student create a study set containing problems or equations as the terms and answers as the definition. Then, have students pair up and take each others study set in the Quizlet form of a test. After they are done, students determine which problems they did not solve correctly, and the student who created that problem should explain how to correctly get to the answer. Students are thus learning material both through traditional learning means but also through teaching fellow classmates.
Have students create a study set on the topic being studied. For each term or topic, require that students find an image or gif that relates to the topic and helps them remember it as a memory hook. While studying that set in the “learn” or “test” mode (which tracks incorrect responses), require the student to choose a new image or memory hook if they get the answer incorrect more than once.
Create a study set of vocabulary words. Have students utilize the quizlet text-to-speech function to learn proper pronunciation of the words. Then have students utilize the “Spell” study mode, forcing students to type in responses that must be spelled correctly. Instead of then assessing students learning in a traditional vocabulary test, test them using an in-class spelling bee!
Have students find a study set (from the millions of user-created flash card sets) relating to a topic in the class and assess that study set for accuracy. If the student finds inaccuracies, have the student explain how they would correct each card to make it accurate.
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Vargas, J. M. (2011). Modern learning: Quizlet in the social studies classroom (Doctoral dissertation, Wichita State University).
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