Quizlet: Finding the Fun In Flashcards
This is the fourth application in our series of web 2.0 flashcard application reviews. For an introduction to this category, including a rundown of features common to all four applications reviewed this week, please see: Online Flashcards: Using Web 2.0 To Learn.
The challenge with learning – and this includes learning with flashcards – is to keep things fun. This is something that Quizlet does well, incorporating games, knowledge, and testing to make learning easy.
Let’s start with the fun stuff first. Quizlet takes information in “sets” rather than a single flashcard, then pairs the answer and question together. Using this method Quizlet is able to pair answers in games, which are the main feature of Quizlet.
There are two games within Quizlet: “Space Race” scrolls the terms across the screen and the user tries to type in the answer as quickly as possible to get a good score, and “Scatter,” which displays the answers and questions scrambled across the screen. As the user drags the right answer (or question) over its counterpart, it disappears. A timer on top keeps score.
“Familiarize,” another option from Quizlet, displays flashcards as they are commonly known, with additional options to show the question and answer at the same time or to quiz in reverse. The “Learn” button offers users the chance to be quizzed on the material (one question at a time), and there is also a Test option where answers can be put into multiple choice, true/false, or write-in formats.
On top of making the flashcard process fun, Quizlet gives users a range of ways to integrate their learning into their lives. Combining allows users to combine knowledge sets to test across disciplines, links for MySpace and Facebook let users integrate learning into their social networks, and a chat box on the set page lets users talk to one another.
If there is a weakness in Quizlet, it’s only that games can distract as well as entertain, and short attention span users may wander from their studies. Even with that, Quizlet is a strong flashcard application, that will have appeal for most users.
Previously in this series: Flashcard Friends: Flashcards, Tests, And Learning
Next in this series: Comparing Flashcard Applications: Flashcard Friends, Quizlet, FlashcardDB, and SocialDecks
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