Quizlet released a new iPhone app a few weeks ago. And it's already having an impact for students across the country. In a classroom at Hoover High School in Alabama, students and teachers were eager to check out the app alongside the web version of Quizlet.
Hoover High School has been piloting a BYOD [Bring Your Own Device] program, allowing students to bring their own Internet-connected device to class. In the Economics class above, the teacher had students bring laptops, iPads, and smartphones while she taught them how to use Quizlet.
The power of student learning
The class exploration of technology and learning fostered a strong sense of community between the teacher and her students. A student even discovered Quizlet's official iPhone app on her phone during class and shared it with everyone else. Pair technology with student empowerment like Hoover and Quizlet try to do and you get students this excited about learning:
Ms. Wilson told her students: “I’m still learning about this,” and “If you find out something, share with all of us so that we can all learn from each other.” She wanted to facilitate the students’ learning and not dispense information. And they clearly had a great time doing it.
Engaged Learning Initiative
Hoover's BYOD program is just a small part of what they're trying to do in their Engaged Learning Initiative.
Hoover's 12th Grade assistant principal, Holly Sutherland (no relation to Quizlet founder, Andrew Sutherland), blogs about ideas they've tried and reactions from students and teachers. She tells me: "The Engaged Learning Initiative is transforming the way that we are teaching and learning at Hoover High School. It is the ultimate equalizer for our students and it is increasing student and teacher engagement in the classroom."
Quizlet and Your School
Let us know how Quizlet is working with technology initiatives at your school. And if your school is allowing cellphones in class or piloting a BYOD program, definitely get everyone to download the new iPhone app.