How often do you crack open a dictionary when you see a word you don't know? Probably never.
So, what can Quizlet do about that? More than you can possibly imagine. Muahahaa
Friends, meet the awesome that is THE QUIZMARKLET: (to clarify, 'awesome' is a noun in colloquial teenage slang these days)
(Get it here: The Quizmarklet)
Enough hyperbole. Here's what the Quizmarklet does:
Short story: You find a word you don't know on any web page, you select the word and activate Quizmarklet, which then defines the word for you and lets you save it to Quizlet for later studying.
Long story: You drag the Quizmarklet onto your bookmarks bar in your browser. Then you browse to any old website on the Internet and discover a word you don't know. So you select the word and click on the Quizmarklet link you added. Then some magic happens...
In a box overlayed on your current page, a list of definitions gets displayed. It's an instant dictionary! But that's not all...
You search through the definitions it gives you, find one you like, and click on it. Then you can save your word/definition pair directly into your Quizlet sets. To do that, you select a set (or have it automatically create a new one) and then click the "Save to Quizlet" button. The word and definition get saved for later use, and you can be on your way surfing the Internet once again.
The Quizmarklet is particularly useful for people who are studying for say, the SATs, and who need to bulk up on general vocabulary as fast as possible. They can be surfing the web as normal, and then BOOM whenever they come across a word they don't know, the definition and permanent storage is only a click away.
Okay, I'm done with the promotion now. The nitty-gritty: The Quizmarklet is something I cooked up all this weekend, so it might be a little rough around the edges. Please let me know if you discover any websites it DOESN'T work on - or ones where it looks funny. It's using a custom installation of the amazing (and free!) WordNet dictionary. It has over 200k terms listed. Note: The Quizmarklet does NOT use user-generated words and definitions from the main Quizlet website (yet).
When I consider it ready for mainstream Quizlet usage, I'll promote it elsewhere on the site. But for now, you, my loyal blog reader, get the first chance at this spanking-new feature. Enjoy!