I’ve been using Quizlet in class for a while. This term I’m getting to grips with it a bit more as part of a project for my MA.
Quizlet is a site which allows you to create your own online flashcards and games all for free. It’s really easy to pick up for both teachers and learners. Here’s what learners can do with it:
Flashcards – Learners can revise words from a lesson using digital flashcards made by the teacher. Flashcards can be words + meanings or words + images. You could also make question and answer cards. Students could also make their own flashcards if they want.
Learn – Read the meaning/look at the image and type the correct word
Spell – Type the target word you hear
Test – An auto-generated mix of written, multiple choice, and true and false questions based on the vocabulary set
Match/Gravity – a couple of games using the vocab set. Match works well on an interactive whiteboard
Live – play a live game with multiple participants
Anyone can access a study set, students don’t need to log in. You need to log in to create your own study set though.
There are loads of summaries and tutorials about Quizlet online, this one is pretty good. I just wanted to share some examples of what you can do with a teacher’s account.
Quizlet Teacher account
A Quizlet Teacher account costs $34 for a year.
With a Teacher account you can:
- Create classes and invite your students to these. They need a Quizlet account to join a class
- Assign study sets to your own classes
- Track student activity so you know if they are revising / you can view their test scores
- Track which terms students are having difficulty with
- Use the Quizlet Live feature, which is a fun game for the whole class
This example is from a really quick study set I put together on appearance.
Quizlet records which words learners find hard when they are studying your word set.
This is an example of student activity on my various study sets. It shows you which features the students are using most and how often. You can also see what other vocabulary sets they are using from around Quizlet.
Teacher’s account vs basic account
As well setting up classes, there are a few other benefits of having a teacher’s account:
- You can upload your own images to a vocabulary set. Sometimes the stock images available on the basic account are a bit rubbish
- You can record your own voice on your flashcards. The model pronunciation used for words flits a bit between American English and British English. Using your own voice would be more consistent
Should I bother with a teacher’s account?
There are benefits to tracking learner activity with a teacher’s account – formative assessment, proof they’ve done their homework, more freedom when creating study sets.
However, I’m in week 4 of term, and the wow! factor of Quizlet is already wearing off a bit for the learners. I’ve still got a few features to try out though so interest might pick up again. A teacher’s account doesn’t break the bank, but I think you can do enough on Quizlet without it.
I’m working with Quizlet throughout the term, so my views might change. My next Quizlet challenge is getting students to create their own study sets… I wonder how it will go!
After quite a few comments about Quizlet Live I decided to trial this over the weekend. It’s really easy to use – it generates a multiple choice game for your learners which involves working as a group. My classes have three different study sets at present, and we tried the Quizlet Live game with each. They left class wanting to play again – it was clearly very addictive and motivational. This is probably the best feature on Quizlet and I’m really pleased other teachers encouraged me to trial it.
I didn’t really set class expectations for Quizlet Live as I was viewing it for the first with the class myself! I’d say we had some issues – not with technology though! More with classroom management – the class were communicating during the game almost only in Thai rather than English, which got a bit frustrating. I’m going to work on my procedures and management of this game but overall it was a great success. I’d go as far as to say it justifies getting a teacher’s account, although again I’m not sure if the novelty factor will wear off!
Feature image: Quizlet homepage