How I Use It
I use this mostly for vocabulary quizzes. However, students love using the site to turn the lists I've imported into games on the site. I have used this for both Language Arts and Social Studies. It is definitely applicable to all subject areas. Students actually attribute their good scores on tests to the use of this site. They will come in and "report" their score to me, too. Each time it is used, the questions and answers pop up in random orders so kids can't just memorize the answers from their previous attempt.As I said, they particularly like to play the games available to practice definitions. This is one of the easiest teaching tools I've ever used. Word banks are stored for future years and individual classes. There is also the capability to provide differentiated instruction for those kids in need. I have not used that because accommodations are provided on my tests and I like to see kids stay on the same path as general kids as much as possible. The only problem I have is convincing students that this is an easy, fun way to study. I'm hoping that more teachers will use this. I look forward to using this site to help implement teaching the new common core standards we are developing. I am interested in seeing how well it would work with foreign languages! I want to play with the site a little more to see how well it keeps track of who has used it and scores. I don't think the site provides this. I've never made it mandatory to use.
FANTASTIC site for students to use to study for quizzes. I have always regarded flash cards as one of the best study tools out there - cheap and easy with great results. Easy for kids and teacher to use. Depending on the amount of information the user wishes to load, this could take longer than 15 minutes. For a standard set of 15-20 vocabulary words, 15 minutes is plenty of time once you are registered. Students are able to set up their own sets of cards and can use this for things other than vocabulary. They can set up questions as well. There really is no support for extended learning unless they create a project on their own. It's great that middle school students are old enough to use the site.