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Want to take your Quizlet Live game up a serious notch? Check out two great examples of successful Quizlet Live tournaments and learn how to put on your own.

English teacher Joanna Górzyńska, who specializes in business and technical English, recently reached out to tell us about a Quizlet Live competition that took place at the University of Science and Technology in Bydgoszcz, Poland:

Every year, all colleges and universities in Bydgoszcz come together to organize a festival with a variety of events celebrating science and arts. This year we decided to host a vocabulary contest called "Technical English with Quizlet" using Quizlet Live. We invited students from local technical high schools, and seven teams from three schools ended up taking part (35 people). To prep for the competition, we created a folder of Quizlet sets in architecture, civil engineering, IT, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, electronics and management.

During the event, all teams played Quizlet Live on each set (four people logged in, with one 'spare' player supporting). To win the round — the BIG point — the team had to win three games on the set. We counted these points towards the overall victory, and kept playing to compete for second and third place. Everybody enjoyed the game very much. Teachers asked us about the platform, students had fun, and they all promised to come next year!

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Lou Sangdahl and her fellow history teachers at Mentor High School in Ohio, decided to organize Quizlet Live playoffs to make end-of-year review more motivational and fun. Check out her detailed instructions and tips below.

Our “tournament” involved the US History classes of 5 teachers using Quizlet Live for a large end-of-year review. Throughout the day, classes met at the normal time, but gathered in our professional development center (a facility with the space and technology needed to run this activity with 100 students at a time). Here's what we did, and my tips for others:

Before the tournament

  • Get students familiar with Quizlet Live in individual classes throughout the school year.
  • Find a large enough space and arrange tables for small groups of students. We numbered enough tables to accommodate 100 students arranged in groups of 3 or 4. Have a large whiteboard on hand for listing teams by table number.
  • Create sets to cover upcoming final exams and state tests.

During the tournament

  • Students from each teacher’s class arrive and are instructed to sit where they like.
  • Students go to using laptops or phones.
  • Since students will not necessarily know students from other classes, groups are assigned to a numbered table so that team members can find each other.
  • When the Quizlet Live animal groups are shown on the screen, a teacher writes each group name next to a table number. Often another teacher calls out the group name and table number to help students move quickly to those locations.
  • Students are told that the team that wins 3 sets, wins the round and is awarded candy. By setting the goal of 3 set wins, teams continue to have a chance to win and less time is spent on transitioning from one team to another.
  • On the whiteboard, a tally is kept of the winning teams for each set.
  • After a round is won, a new set is employed and new teams are created.
  • Team progress is displayed on large drop down screen and several TVs.
  • A microphone is provided for the teachers (not needed for smaller groups).
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After the tournament

  • Evaluate what students struggled with and plan activities to improve those areas.
  • Reflect as a team about what went well and how to adjust for the following year.
  • Enjoy the Quizlet Tournament Video provided by an instructional coach!

Other ways to play

  • Set up a competition with just one other class.
  • Use student-made Quizlet card sets.
  • Keep the same teams and change the Quizlet card sets for each round.

Teachers: are you using Quizlet Live (or our other activities and features) in fun, creative ways? If so, we'd love to hear them!

All photos courtesy of Joanna Górzyńska and Lou Sangdahl.