How I Use It
I create a vocabulary set for each unit in my class. I share the link with my students and they spend about 10 minutes 3x a week working through the different elements of Quizlet. Speller shows them the definition as it speaks the answer. The students write what they hear and Quizlet shows them their mistakes -- a great way to practice spelling! They then use Learn which is "Speller" without the spoken answer. They can build their own Tests to practice the words in multiple choice, true and false, fill-in and matching questions. Then, they can practice with the games Scatter and Space Race. The day before a quiz, my students participate in a "Quizlet challenge". One class competes against another to see which class can complete "Scatter" the fastest and which class can get the highest score in "Space Race". I record the leaders and the class waits until the next day, before the quiz to see which class has won. Some students are even logging on from home on a computer, tablet or smartphone to improve their scores for the competition! Using Quizlet in this way, I find every student is engaged and actively trying to be the leader for their class! My students' test scores have improved since we started using Quizlet.
If you have ever made flash cards, or asked a friend to help you study for a vocabulary test, you will find the value in Quizlet. This free tool allows teachers and students to sign up for a free account to create their own flash cards by typing the words and their definitions into the site. (accounts are not needed to use a set -- only to create one) Thanks to Quizlet, I stopped having students copy vocabulary from the board. I can print out the vocabulary set or have the students but most of the time I have the students jump right into the site and learn the vocabulary with the site. Using Quizlet, students can then see what their weaknesses are and put more practice to improve those words or skills, whether it be spelling, matching, etc. I love that each student can work independently and and review the material in several ways, rather than use a paper study guide that presents the information in one way. For offline learning, a vocabulary list, flash cards and a test can be printed right from the website! Quizlet could be made better by allowing teachers to set up student accounts, like many of the other educational tools do, so they can track their students from the site and give direction to the students who need reinforcement.