Educational technology has come leaps and bounds in a very short amount of time. As great as it is to get a referral from a fellow teacher on a great app or program that they have heard about or are using… I truly believe the best way to make the final decision in whether to implement something into the classroom, is to first put it to the test for yourself.
So, the app under investigation this week? Quizlet. What is it you ask? It is basically what I am sure you are assuming it is… but better. Quizlet is an online learning tool for both students and for teachers. At first glance I thought it was merely just an app to generate your own digital flash cards, which I have to admit I was pretty excited about – having grown up in the day and age where you wrote out every single term from the Biology textbook. But along with the ability to make your own flash cards, you also have access to thousands of existing sets of flashcards created by people from around the world, or even within the walls of your own school, pertaining to a multitude of topic areas.
Once your cards are made or you’ve found a set that works for what you need, this is when it gets to the BETTER part. Sure you can go through and read the cards yourself, or, you can have your device read them to you if you are more of an auditory learner. You can also take your study sets and learn them in a variety of ways – whether its playing a game, matching, spelling the word out, or taking a test. I could type you a novel on all the cool features that this application has, but why do that when I can take you on a front row seat experience….
Does Quizlet have any disadvantages?
Honestly – overall, I think this app is a great educational tool. I think one aspect that might cause some potential concern is using study sets that are already made by another user. If not careful, the information may be wrong and then you have spent all that time studying the wrong material, where you ought to have just spent the time making your own. So I’d use caution when using material from users that you do not know.
Another aspect that may be seen as an disadvantage for some user, is the fact that you have to pay to unlock all of the features that this app has. Although frustrating, I firmly believe that the money you would put into having an account would be worth it in the long run. And if you could create an account that can be utilized by more than one teacher? Even better.
How can Quizlet be used in the classroom?
I have mentioned a few already, but the fact of the matter is, you can use it with more than just studying content such as sight words, like I’ve shown you above, or learning the alphabet and differentiating from lower and upper case letters. This tool has features for students regardless of their learning style and is a great resource for teachers for documenting progress. Along with my own ideas, there are countless of articles and reviews of this app to support you. Creating your own folders and study sets with the content you are teaching, gives students another avenue to learning and in a fun way that can be tailored to each individual learner. Primary to post secondary – there are benefits from this tool for all.
Quizlet: You get an A+ from me.
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