Today we're announcing some major new functionality on Quizlet: image-based studying. It's been one of our all-time most requested features, so we're super excited to make it available to every one. On Quizlet so far, everything has been plain text: you type in a word, and you type in a definition. Now you can study visually.
One of the major upgrades is to the "create set" page that let's you enter flash cards. Here's what it looked like before:
Here's what it looks like now:
The import data and flip terms links are easier to find, the auto-definer is easier to use (that's what the mysterious question mark used to do). If you didn't know, the auto-definer looks up definitions in a dictionary (Source: WordNet), and also pulls up definitions that other users entered (but only in public sets). And overall, the input boxes are wider so you can fit more data in visually without scrolling.
But that's just cosmetic -- the really cool thing is the new "add image" feature.
All you have to do is click "add image" and we automatically find you an image from Flickr, an awesome image hosting service with a great developer platform and lots of Creative Commons-licensed images that let us use the images for free, as long we credit the authors (which we do).
Of course, if you don't like the first image that pops up, you can get the next one.
Or the next one...and so on. You can also refine your search, so if you don't like any of the images, you can type a special search in the "Find Images" box that is independent of your term and definition.
Also, you can use just images and have no definition, or you can use Quizlet like before without images, or you can use both at the same time. It all works seamlessly.
Now, how about studying? Images are fully integrated into all the existing study modes. Check it out:
It's wicked cool. If you want to play with a real live image set, check out this list of french animals with images. I hope to add more FAQs and a showcase of image sets so you can see more examples -- the possibilities are limitless.
One really cool use-case is for foreign language and english-as-a-second-language (ESL) learning, where you may have 30 students in a class who come from 8 different countries. If you were to say a fish is something that swims in the water, that wouldn't be useful, partly because the students wouldn't necessarily all understand the english definition to an english word. But with pictures, well, they speak for themselves.
Now, you may be wondering, can you upload your own images instead of using Flickr?
Not yet, but you will be able to soon. We plan to allow uploading images very soon as a paid upgrade. As always, Quizlet will remain free to all users and we won't be removing any functionality for non-paying members, but we may be adding some additional powerful features to paying members. We will have more information on this soon. Uploaded images would be especially useful to medical school students who need to study special diagrams or art history students who need to study obscure paintings or sculptures.
Also, our thanks to the people who have become friends of Quizlet by donating to Quizlet. Their support has helped make this feature and other future upgrades possible.
Developers: Look for an update to the Quizlet API in the next week or so with image abilities.