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This post is contributed by Leah Cleary, a secondary social studies and English teacher in Newnan, Georgia, where she lives with her husband and 11-year-old son. She invites you to check out her blog.

Even the most introverted among us is inherently a social creature. There’s something that happens internally when we connect with another person that can only be described as happiness. Connection is exciting — it’s satisfying — it’s comforting.

We learn better when we’re happy, excited, satisfied, and comfortable. Isolation is uncomfortable and, therefore, not conducive to learning. It makes sense, then, that we learn better together.

But teachers of all grades know how difficult it is to make real collaborative learning happen.

Students are often reluctant to work with people they don’t know. One student often dominates and ends up doing all the work. Another often sits back and lets that happen. Some often refuse to work with others they don’t know. There are a lot of “oftens” that make collaborative learning incredibly difficult in practice.

So why would a collaborative review game like Quizlet Live work?

I have used Quizlet with my classes for a couple of years now. I loaded all of my unit vocabulary sets to the site, and like magic, my students had flashcards, practice quizzes, and games to help them study. I thought it couldn’t get any better than that.

Then one day last school year I logged onto Quizlet and saw a beta version of something called Quizlet Live. At first I ignored it, but I kept wondering about it, and even though it seemed like “one more thing,” I eventually checked it out.

I watched the introductory video. My classes played it that same day.

Teachers, you heard me right — that same day. There was nothing for me to do because my vocabulary sets were already entered into Quizlet, so there was zero prep on my part.

But that wasn’t the best part. The best part was how much my students loved it. They kept asking to play, and when I said it was time to move on, they begged for one more round.

The unique thing about Quizlet Live is the teamwork component. Collaboration is important, but as mentioned before, it’s difficult to implement.

In Quizlet Live, each team member is vital to winning the game. No one can sit back and let others do it for them. Since each teammate has different answers on her screen, if one chooses not to participate, she ruins it for the rest.

As teachers, we know the importance of instilling collaborative skills into our students, but it can prove challenging. One student often takes the lead. Others often do nothing.

Quizlet Live forces student interaction. Everyone has to contribute. I’ve watched struggling students work hard to actively grasp the content and more advanced students depend on them, for a change.

And Quizlet Live enables students to collaborate with others they may not normally talk to. For one round, each team shares a learning experience. Each team member depends on the others for the win. Struggling and advanced students take equal ground — a shared moment of learning.

Then the round ends, the teacher hits “shuffle,” and the students regroup to share a learning experience with another team.

Comments

  1. qztan

    First yay!

  2. deo469

    Second! Ya! :)

  3. The_Geekette PLUS

    Third (:

  4. fayexwong

    Fourth haha :) this is cool

  5. SteveOpp

    5th

  6. saiveeravalli

    6th 😀

  7. Shelby062007

    7th

  8. EcEcNomas PLUS

    8th

  9. Sir_Nugz PLUS

    9th

  10. abiddlebug

    9th

  11. Caleb_Adams85

    10th

  12. TheMoistestBagel

    12th actually

  13. RAINBOWDASH171

    Sweet. Barely anyone has seen this yet. xP I think I'm the 12th high five... but who the heck cares. Happy New Year everyone! :)

  14. Proverbs_2_6

    Alright! I could probably do one for my CC Challenge B class. Good for you, Quizlet team!

  15. Margarita345

    Sweet! I never really thought much about Quizlet Live until I tried it, but now I feel the same way!

  16. HungryAndNormal PLUS

    #20 :DDDD

  17. nickolasdediaz03 PLUS

    293 HIGH SCORES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. molassespond12

    Great story! I love Quizlet Live! Use it in French all the time:)

  19. ThisIsNotSamir

    Vote Quizlet for president
    MAKE STUDYING GREAT AGAIN!!

  20. am0110

    that seems cool! i have definitely have had that experience at school before, awkwardly working with people i don't know too well. hope it works well!

  21. lyndseylane

    This is awesome! I can't wait to try with my students!!! Thanks for sharing, Leah!!!

  22. Bradleypeirce

    45th haha lol nerds

  23. Crystal_Demoura6 TEACHER

    I literally DEPEND on Quizlet Live now in all my science classes! They really love it, but it can still be a challenge bc students will "badger" the student who takes awhile to answer. I have helped them with this, and it helps them not to be so competitive, and more collaborative.

  24. carolina_panthers_88

    Hi

  25. carolina_panthers_88

    go panthers and buckeyes

    happy late new year

  26. Jewlie77

    Great:)

  27. NineRsl

    Awesomeee ! ♥

  28. TheMusicMan73

    Cool beans, I love Quizlet..
    I think I have made like over 75 sets since a few months ago... :)

  29. beokirby

    this is a bit random but please bring back high five-ing sets

  30. maddiestigman

    Dewlicious! Quizlet is so helpful in making me want to study my Biology! Thank you staff for such a great site!

  31. Harry_Potter_July31

    Thanks :D

  32. hctang

    32nd GG quizlet.

  33. FCBAYERNMUCHEN

    First

  34. Allison_Kowalik

    35th

  35. Proverbs_2_6

    Pretty cool idea, guys!

    I miss the high fives, tho. :I

  36. Kelly_Amidala

    That's awesome! My teacher played Quizlet Live with us and it was awesome!

  37. Brook_Cheuvront

    Thanks so much quizlet! We play quizlet live in social studies and everybody really loves it!

  38. ethandersen123

    y do we need to know

  39. Brook_Cheuvront

    Your study sets have really helped me in Science Olympiad and Social Studies. Keep it up!!!! :D

  40. ethandersen123

    About the cat, I Loe quilt, thank you so much. Spanish is so much easier now! thank you

  41. Alex_He6

    ew no profanity

  42. Hailey_Hodgson8

    Hey guys if any of you have Google + My name is Lps Wolfy

  43. majesticCupcakegirl4

    Quizlet live helps my class so mush with tests! They all used to get 75% or lower but no I get a range of 89% to 100%! No joke!

  44. Joy__Wells

    This is going to be so great! Thanks so much Quizlet!

  45. mmhonti TEACHER

    I love Quizlet LIVE and my students too!!!

  46. phalla_san9 TEACHER

    I love Quizlet Live but my problem is I do tutoring one on one student it is not possible to play with that. I have three students in a class so if it can play with 3 or 4 students it is great for me.

  47. phalla_san9 TEACHER

    I love Quizlet Live but my problem is I do tutoring one on one student it is not possible to play with that. I have three students in a class so if it can play with 3 or 4 students it is great for me.

  48. Zachary_Zehring

    I like Quizlet!

  49. HungryAndNormal PLUS

    Last as of now lol

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