How I Use It
Before I begin a new unit, or lesson I need to make sure students understand the important vocabulary. So I use Quizlet to create a vocabulary list of around 10-12 words. Students spend time reviewing the words and then play the scatter game. Then giving the students 10 min, I issue a challenge to get under a certain amount of time and to post your fastest time on the whiteboard to challenge others to beat it. Students love the competition, and I am able to add pictures to the words for better understanding. I love starting a lesson with Quizlet because the classroom energy becomes so high afterwards and they use the words within the lesson.
However the best part about the quick games is that it teaches the students that it takes time and effort to learn. Every now and then I will have a student say that "its impossible" to complete the challenge. I then have that student keep practicing and almost always they beat the challenge within 10 minutes of work. It shows the students that to learn something you must first study, then practice, practice, practice. The work doesn't get easier, or just get better! This attitude then goes into other disciplines like math and science.
Its easy to use and a basic tool for vocabulary growth. I like the addictive matching games, and I love the automatic definitions for words, making it much faster to make a set compared to creating 100's of note cards.
As a tool for vocabulary retention it is a perfect site.