Type of Technology: Website/App
SAMR Model Level: Augmentation/Modification
Subject Areas: All Subjects
Grade Levels: All
I can reflect back to my days in college and early years of teaching and the hundreds, if not thousands, of 3 x 5 flashcards I used to help me study key terms and vocabulary. Depending on the thickness of the set using a paper clip or rubber band to keep them in order and trying hard not to loose them in my backpack. In our digital age Quizlet is a great website/app that can help you keep track of and organize your cards. It can be used by both students and teachers alike. In my early days of teaching I remember writing vocabulary words on the board, and writing the definition out with students, it got the job done, but visuals were never too appealing. What do you do from there? Have students pull out their list, study a little, maybe play a few games?
Quizlet is a great tool to address the vocabulary needs of our students. I often use it as a vocabulary front loading activity. When you log in you are taken to your personal home screen that has the sets you have created which is nice as you can go back to them in the future. When you choose the set you want students to work with you are taken to the screen for that set which gives you two list to choose from; study and play.
The Study list is the one I work with first. I usually click on the flashcards options and go through the words with students. There is also an audio option that comes with the flashcard option. In addition under Study there is a Test option that allows to choose and mix up types of questions including, multiple choice, fill in the blank, matching and true false. You can print these out as custom work sheets with different versions if you desire. The other options under Study are Learn which is essentially fill in the blank repetition practice and Spelling in which students spell out what they hear.
Under Play you have two games that you can play; Scatter and Gravity. Gravity is set up like a video game where try to save a planet. I prefer to use Scatter with students. In the Scatter game you are trying to match the words with the definitions by dragging one of them to its match while you are being timed. I’ll usually do it first and set a time to beat. I let students volunteer to come up and try to beat me and whoever gets closest earns a prize. If someone can beat me they get a bigger prize. Forewarning, students get really into this, it gets loud and competitive and provides some good laughs and bonding in the class.
Overall Quizlet is a very easy program to work with. The most novice tech user would have no trouble using Quizlet and all that it has to offer. It can be used for any subject area and most grade levels. It can be accessed both through an app and the website. Best of all it is free! Who doesn’t love free stuff? On the SAMR model it falls in the augmentation-modification range. The games that are accessible via the site are significantly different than anything that could have been done prior to technological innovations.