Quizlet was was created by Andrew Sutherland in 2005 as a way to study for his high school French class Officially launched in 2007, it became available to the public as a site for creating study words lists. Quizlet quickly grew as students and teachers created word lists for practicing vocabulary, language, and grammar; today , it is used by millions of people around the globe.Feature by feature, Quizlet has improved dramatically as a site for educators. There are now six options for students using Quizlet. By purchasing Classroom Superpowers for $25 a year, my students have an ad-free study zone, I can record my own word cards, and add my own images. Classroom and student progress are monitored for me. The features I describe below are “superpowered.”
What kids get: Once they are assigned to my classroom, students select an avatar and may access one of six modes for studying the content I provide.
They may begin by reviewing flashcards which display the cards; the flipside of each card identifies the skill they are learning.
After reviewing the flashcards, the “Learn” mode allows them to type answers relating to the list. For example, if they have a list of words from six syllable types, they may be prompted to type a word representing closed syllables. The “Speller” mode is simple: students type the words they hear. I can decide whether to use my voice or the Quizlet default voice. In the “Test” mode, I can create one of four types of online or printed tests: multiple choice, matching, true/false, and written/typed. There are also two games for students to play: Scatter and Race. In the Scatter game, students are timed as they match correct answers to their words, such as pairing a prefix with a base word. The Race is a timed game that requires students to type the answers to questions before the images disappear across the screen. If a correct answer is not typed, the game stops and provides the answer for students to complete.
What teachers get: Teachers can create sets relating to a wide range of subject areas, from math to literature to spelling. You can record your own voice, which is helpful if your list requires specific pronunciations (such as vowel sounds). You may add an image to a card from the ones available online or select your own. Specific progress for each student is provided, such as the words or problems they miss, their timed scores, and what activities they’ve completed. The page is ad-free.
- You can use the site for free if desired.
- The games are engaging for kids.
- You can create highly individualized lists for students.
- You can access lists that have been created by other users.
- Quizlet is a work in progress; new features are continually being added.
- You must “ask” students to join your class and they must register via email, Google, or Facebook. The Fix: For younger students, parents will need to provide assistance in this process, such as determining a user name and password.
- The Learn and Race modes do not work well for many lists I have created. If there is more than one correct answer (two words that both have the au vowel team), the student will have to guess which word is being required. The Fix: Skip these modes of practice.
- The Race game requires quick typing and I typically cannot use this for younger students. The Fix: None.
- The online images available are sketchy for some categories. The Fix: You will need to create your own images or go without.
- All lists for my class are visible to all students. The Fix: Create separate classes for each student.
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars