A few weeks ago, the Quizlet team visited Rebeccah Kilian's middle school Latin class at the Town School for Boys in San Francisco. We were really impressed with how Rebeccah uses Quizlet in the classroom to encourage her students to be active and engage in studying vocabulary in new ways.


In her teaching, Rebeccah wants to make learning Latin an interactive team effort. Her classroom is a place to get "a bit weird" and have fun during the school day. When she invited us to visit her class, all we knew was that we'd be playing a game called "Trash Ball." While we weren't sure what that meant, we were definitely intrigued.

Quizlet and "Trash Ball"

To play "Trash Ball," students first split up into two teams. Rebeccah opens a Quizlet set on the projector at the front of the classroom. Then, the teams take turns trying to get the right definition for each term projected on the whiteboard to get points.

One team member is nominated to answer: if they get it right, they get a point, and a chance to earn additional points by taking a shot at the trashcan at the front of the room. Close-up shots earn 1 point, and shots from the back row of desks earn 3 points. If they get the question wrong, the other team has the chance to answer and take an extra shot for those points.


Quizlet has always been great for competition with Scatter and Space Race, but it was new for us to see a teacher bring the competitive spirit to Quizlet’s most uncompetitive mode, Flashcards. Our team got a chance to play too, though our command of Latin wasn't nearly as good as Rebeccah's students.

Adjustable Speed in Space Race

All of our class visits include time to get in-person feedback — and Rebeccah's students were very eager to give us their suggestions!

The students begged us to build adjustable speeds in Space Race, one of their favorite ways to study and compete. Many of the definitions they’re studying have a few parts and they pointed out that it can be really tough to type in a longer answer, especially when the pressure is on in the game's higher levels.

Getting this feature right is tough. If players can compete at different speeds, then keeping the high scores fair is a challenge. To account for this, we might be able to build an adjustable points system, where the faster you play, the more points each word is worth. You could still compete at lower speeds, but for fewer points.


Multiple Correct Answers

Students asked for Quizlet to accept any answer as correct if there were multiple definitions for a word. One of the examples they gave us was that when shown "familiae," they want to be able to answer with "to the family" or "for the family" and be marked right. Remembering either definition shows their understanding of the Latin word.

While this might seem like a simple request, it actually gets to the heart of some of the limitations of Quizlet's current data model (and gets us thinking about the possibilities for the future). Right now, Quizlet matches a term to its definition letter by letter. However, in addition to accepting multiple correct answers (rather than requiring students to type in every letter exactly on both term and definition), we’d love to be able to incorporate other sorts of info about a term — part of speech, gender, example sentences, etc. We're looking forward to exploring these exciting new directions (and hopefully make Quizlet more flexible and easier to use).


Thanks to Rebeccah and Town!

We're so appreciative that Rebeccah and her students took the time to show us how they use Quizlet, ask great questions to our team and share their feedback. We're looking forward to coming back again this year to see what else they'll cook up!

What games do you play with your students in class using Quizlet? Are you a teacher in the Bay Area who’d like Quizlet to come to your classroom? E-mail us at support@quizlet.com, or let us know in the comments!


  1. John7477

    sweet first

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  5. sfonseka PLUS

    I's so glad you guys visited them! Cheers, Quizlet!

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    6th comment!

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    16th high-five! 4x4 is 16, 4² is 16 :D

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    14th place and 24 high 5

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    18th and 33 high five!!!!


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    19th and 34

  18. SilasNelson

    20th. pretty good.

  19. Lizzy-D

    36th high five and 20th comment.

  20. Lizzy-D

    That's cool!!

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  24. ringling06

    your scatter game is the bomb. i love your overall program.I would like for you to email me how to grt the test scores for my computer. I plan to grow with you as you grow. Yor program is the best out for educational group.
    Julius Ringling/orlando fla/oak ridge high school

  25. AndrewBlueMoon

    26th Post! Yusss!
    We competer with scatter in Spanish in our school as well.
    It's really fun :D

  26. AndrewBlueMoon

    53rd High five!

  27. TheTechyItalian

    Cool Idea

  28. Jack_Standard

    58th High 5

  29. lilliannalindahl

    great idea!

  30. Carter_Kriskovich

    that's a cool idea!

  31. Carter_Kriskovich

    4th high 5!

  32. themacmonster PLUS

    I totally agree with the speed thing! I barely have time to get in answers as is sometimes!!

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  34. CrazyChicken3

    36th comment, 81st high 5! I also agree with the space race speed.

  35. Pickapoo

    Great job, get in!

  36. ultimateredbullscfan

    that is pretty cool i wish my class played trash ball

  37. SWOTD

    That's awesome they use Quizlet for that, I play the same game in some of my classes but not using Quizlet :\.

  38. JonahSterling

    whoop sweg #dalyfe

  39. billneythenotaguy

    42 yeah!

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  41. Sourpower

    My school has smart Prometheus boards with a touch pen

  42. dima_kazlou

    44th comnent y3e3e3e33e3e:3

  43. mina65

    i cann t use this app. please help me. i want learn french language

  44. konradsandor_korozsi

    einfach super

  45. vision

    You are awesome Quizlett!

  46. molokai198

    48 is that a big deal i'm new to quizlet

  47. Maico-rdova

    121ths high five
    so less

  48. shuan_sanchez

    Yaaaaaaas!!!!! the speed thing is a great thing!!! And they should make It not caps sensitive or when there are periods it makes me put "I have ... Mondays" ☺☻

  49. thomas_allen13

    131 boyyyy

  50. leungkean

    :) :)

  51. alara_hollyfield

    53rd comment?

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  53. Shant_Arakelian

    128th high five. great job guys.

  54. cwmotley

    145th high five! wow who needs any other news when you have QUIZLET news

  55. irshad_akhtar

    very effective in future

  56. daniel_delph

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  59. mhmood

    Last comment -.-

  60. lancasterl16

    Those middle schoolers know Latin better than I do, and I'm a Junior.

  61. omgoshsteph

    hey , thats cool .

  62. GageEwin

    Quizlet is really cool but you can't delete the folders that you have already made.

  63. SamuelDeV

    yes you can

  64. SamuelDeV

    I just did it today

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  67. Pokemaster2014

    188th high five! Trash ball + quizlet sounds so cool! whats the big deal with the set named high? 70th comment

  68. Pokemaster2014

    Sorry. The set was called hi. All the terms were just HI!!! This is my something something coment.

  69. ApolloBear

    72nd comment!! Personal best

  70. sabouassali01

    73rd... not a personal best

  71. wedipooh13

    my personal best was 2 but sadly i doubt i will even get close to there
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  74. TaterTot25

    :mrgreen:This looks really cool. I hope we will be able to use that stuff now. :mrgreen:

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  76. abeni888

    That is so cool! Keep going quizlet! 💻😊

  77. Thefirstlistener TEACHER

    Being able to be right even if you typed in a synonym of the word would be awesome! Especially in a ESL course! So thank you for working on that feature. You are so great! Keep going indeed!

  78. manueldantez

    cool i like it

  79. manueldantez

    may the quizlet team come to kenya

  80. rsger_F9

    ihr seid so alle voll die schlauen nhhhh

  81. rsger_F9

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  83. sarahdonut1234

    XD swag dragon! XD u don't know what else to write on this comment!!!!

  84. ArksAngels

    I remember playing a similar game in Social Studies while i was attending Middle School. Fun! :)

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  87. hpuglee

    #ballislyfe #ballforever #betterballa

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  89. projectklutch

    Awesome, it's pretty funny that I am studying my latin while you are teaching it!

  90. cbear542

    263 high five having adjustable speeds would be awesome

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  96. TESIAN3597

    I want to try it!

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    1st comment!

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  99. ProfeCastro

    <3 that you guys are always improving, stay hungry! :-)

  100. kitten143

    "What's up buttercup?" XD
    This is really cool, Quizlet!! Keep up the good work!!! :)

  101. xpreudhomme2

    aww man im last :( hey guys look at my great sets!

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    my name is juan cx

  103. Irene_Byju13

    awesome thing you guys did

  104. Kiddie_Andrew

    love this

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  106. tjstol2000

    those are some great suggestions by those kids. this is the best study site

  107. Cardinals_fanpro_

    What about on scatter being able to adjust handicapp?

  108. kimberlyengel TEACHER

    I love quizlet! My students have made the same suggestions about the speed of the game. They too would like an adjustable speed. I like your idea of making faster worth more as a way to keep it fair. Thanks for always improving quizlet.

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    the best think i have ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    mater is the best school :)

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  119. dr_jeri TEACHER

    Are the multiple correct answers possible yet? I also teach Latin, and was wondering about that!

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  121. Nikos1998

    bronko 12 is a nice guy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  124. FBoniche

    It sounds amazing! I would like to watch a video of that class.

  125. Emily_Ustick

    @FBoniche (same here. i think its smart.)

  126. Samuel_Crawford8

    I was in that class. It was so much fun, they came back last year too.

  127. Vincent_Gendron7

    this was very helpful to me

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  129. gicajkc PLUS

    Ea bakosh Albany

  130. Kirsten_Payne62

    i'm looking on how to make a quiz on quizlet live

  131. biggsjustin13

    I think that Quizlet has really help me please keep up the good work

  132. Zachary_Zehring

    Quizlet has helped me!


    that is pretty cool


    @zachary_zehring, it has helped me a lot too

  135. Zachary_Zehring

    I know right!

  136. Proverbs_2_6

    Fidem in Deō habeō. Is Dominūs omnis est.

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