Quizlet

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Quizlet is a digital learning tool that can be used by students, parents, and teachers.  The site contains over 100 million sets of study materials created by other users that range in topics from Landmark Supreme Court Cases to Structures of the Heart and the entire site is available in English, Spanish, and German, however, Quizlet supports many international languages/keyboards for those wanting to input text from a wide array of languages.  These study sets are free to use, or users can create their own, so the possibilities are limitless!  Quizlet takes information and converts it into flashcards, quizzes, and games, so that users can study the same information in a variety of forms.  And users aren’t constrained to using just text – images and audio are easy to include in study materials.  Best of all – study materials can be shared with students, classmates, parents, and teachers.

Price Free
Type of learning Behaviorism; E-Learning; Gamification
Ease of Use ★★★
Privacy ★★★
Accessibility ★★
Class Size Unlimited
ISTE Standards for Students Knowledge Constructor, Empowered Learner

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.

Screenshot of several anatomy terms with corresponding photo, including right ventricle, left ventricle, aorta, pulmonary trunk, and left pulmonary arteries.

“Anatomy Flashcards” [Screenshot]. Retrieved from https://quizlet.com/151764270/anatomy-flash-cards/

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, making it useful for any type of learner, from visual to auditory to reading/writing and even kinesthetic learners.  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.

  ***Video Transcript***

Quizlet & the SAMR Model

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:

  • Substitution: Students create flashcards through Quizlet instead of on index cards.
  • Augmentation: Students link an image or GIF to each flashcard as a memory hook.
Sample quizlet flashcard. Schematic of the lobes of the brain with black arrow pointing to occipital lobe
“Occipital Lobe Flashcard” [Screenshot].
Retrieved from https://quizlet.com/164143780/flashcards
  • Modification: Students can add multimedia to all stages of their project, set deadlines for themselves and others, and track all group members progress in real-time and remotely.  Teachers can also track progress and set deadlines to help avoid procrastination.
  • Redefinition: Both students and teachers can see the activity in each card to follow who in the group contributed in what ways and at what times.  Students can critically analyze this log of activity at the end to determine what could have improved their process or made their process more efficient.

Learning Activities

Math: 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.

Science: 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.

English/Language Arts: 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!

Other: 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.

Quizlet Infographic. Rectangles with example photo of 6 modes: flashcards, learn, spell, test, scatter, and gravity. Text explains each mode.

This infographic was created by Gabrielle R. Merchant using Adobe Illustrator.

Resources

How to Use Quizlet

  1. Go to www.Quizlet.com
  2. To browse user-generated study sets, click search, and type in a topic.
    1. You can only use user-generated sets without sign-up, so you cannot create your own content.
  3. To create your own study set, sign-up for an account by clicking “Sign Up.”
    1. You may use your existing Facebook or Google account to sign up, or just sign up with an email address.
  4. Click “Create” to make your first study set.
    1. Give your study set a title by typing it into “Set Title”
    2. Below the title, there are blank spaces for terms and definitions. Input information in for each pair.
      1. You can choose your language here.
    3. If you want your definition to be an image (say, a picture pointing to the parietal lobe of the brain), click the image icon and search available images (included in free version) or upload your own (premium version only).
    4. Once you are finished inputting terms and corresponding definitions in, click create.
      Quizlet screenshot of how to create a new study set, including where to put the title, terms, and definitions.“Quizlet: Create a new study set” [Screenshot].
      Retrieved from https://quizlet.com/
    5. You can now use your study set in any of Quizlet’s modes. These modes are listed as tabs horizontally across the top of the screen: Flashcards, Learn, Spell, and Test are the Learn modes.  Match and Gravity are Game modes. Choose any mode to begin studying you set!  Learn more about the modes in the infographic below.
      Quizlet screenshot of the six modes: flashcards, learn, spell, test, match, and gravity.“Quizlet: Modes” [Screenshot].
      Retrieved from https://quizlet.com/

Research

Vargas, J. M. (2011). Modern learning: Quizlet in the social studies classroom (Doctoral dissertation, Wichita State University).

Green, T., & Bailey, B. (2010). Digital flashcard tools. TechTrends, 54(4), 16-17.