Mar 19, 2015

Quizlet for Content Review and Typing Practice

Quizlet is a great tool for practicing vocabulary, key events, important dates, formulas, and anything else that requires some memorization to learn.

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Once your account is created, it is relatively easy to create a new set or to find, copy, and modify an existing set to meet your classroom needs.

Keep it simple for your students, make it easy for them to access the sets you create:

  • Share a direct link to the Flashcards through email, learning management system, or on the class website or wiki.. 
  • Embed the set or a specific game on the class website or wiki. 
  • Place sets in folders, organized by unit, topic, or section. Post a direct link to the folder, allowing students to study concepts in managed portions. 

(Note: Sets must be made public so students do not need a Quizlet account to view the flashcards or play the games.)

As students explore the set they will not only practice the vocabulary and concepts, they will also utilize basic computer skills (web navigation, typing, drag/drop). Quizlet tracks student progress in each session (not saved or sent to teacher), allowing students to quickly see their strengths and weaknesses. The sample links below lead to a set created to help 4th graders prepare for a test on electricity and magnetism.

  • Cards: Digital flashcards that will help students learning key terms and definitions. Students are given the option to turn audio on/off; begin with terms, definitions, or a mix; shuffle the order; and play the set (cards.
  • Learn: Students are prompted with the definition and must recall and type the term (spelling counts). Students may select the option to see terms first or hear an electronic voice read the definition. A scoreboard appears on the left showing the number of terms left as well as correct/incorrect responses.
  • Speller: Type what you hear. An electronic voice readers the term, students type it into the box. This checks both spelling and typing.
  • Test: Divides content into written, matching, multiple choice, and true/false. Students can customize by selecting question choice, beginning prompt (term, definition, or both), and limit the number of terms.
  • Scatter: Words and definitions are scattered across the screen. Students must drag corresponding items onto each other to make them disappear.
  • Race: Definitions race across the screen, students must accurately type the term to "destroy" the definition.