Quizlet Live: An Overview
How can we know what students really know about the lessons we’ve been teaching? Aren’t quizzes and major tests enough for teachers to evaluate where students are? Absolutely not! Formative assessments allow teachers to quickly check where students are during the learning process, enabling the teacher to meaningfully modify the lesson (if necessary) so students can master the concepts they’re supposed to be learning, not just being assessed on and moving on to the next lesson.
There are many formative assessment strategies out there, both low tech and high tech. We recently put Quizlet Live to the test. Quizlet Live is a new twist on a beloved tech tool that allows both teachers and students to understand what the students do and don’t know.
Quizlet Live utilizes already existing Quizlet sets to create an engaging assessment for students. It’s teacher and kid friendly and is easy to set up in a few steps. To begin, teachers choose a Quizlet set for the topic the class is studying. After logging into Quizlet, teachers can either access others’ Quizlet sets or create their own. A join code is provided to share with the class, and students are randomly assigned to teams. Then it’s time to move! Students physically move to join their randomized teammates and bring their devices (laptops, phones, tablets) with them.
The game is ready to start as teams compete for the ultimate bragging rights. Since students are able to see the leader board as they are playing, they know exactly where they stand. But students have to be careful….one wrong answer makes the team start over at 0 and begin again. This encourages students to be thoughtful and deliberate when choosing the correct answer– it’s better to be correct than quick in Quizlet Live. The game ends when the first team has a perfect score. Students can play again in the same teams to try and make it to the top of the leaderboard, or teachers also have the option of shuffling the teams so new groups of student can try to make it to the top.
From elementary students to high school students to even adults, the feedback is the same–they love this engaging formative assessment tool. For a demo to see Quizlet Live in action, click here.
Quizlet Live with Elementary Students
Third graders in Ms. Roberts’ class at Mulberry Elementary were up for the Quizlet Live challenge this past April. In an effort to pinpoint specific vocabulary the students needed to review to prepare for Milestones testing, Ms. Roberts chose several Quizlet sets. The topic for review was famous historical figures in the 3rd grade social studies curriculum. In a few clicks, Ms. Roberts created the Quizlet Live set and shared the code with the students. Using a variety of technology devices including laptops and tablets, the students were ready to begin.
The excitement in the room grew as students watched the leaderboard to see where they stood compared to their classmates. Groans of frustration could be heard if a team answered incorrectly and had to start over at zero. However, these talented students persevered and began again. Since students have to work together by talking about the answers and looking at each other’s devices to search for the correct answer, every student was engaged and on task. The collaboration and communication among the groups was amazing, and they supported and encouraged each other to reach their common goal.
Quizlet Live with High School Students
Middle and high schoolers love a good review game just as well as elementary students, which can be seen in Ms. Radloff’s ninth grade biology class at North Gwinnett High School. Students had recently studied viruses and bacteria, and Ms. Radloff wanted to make sure they were ready for their test in a couple of days. She took the Quizlet set she had used with the students, followed the steps found here to create a Quizlet Live game, and students were immediately engaged by getting up and forming their teams. See the students, along with some guest eCLASS Instructional Specialists, play below.
Ms. Radloff had the students play several times with several different Quizlet sets to touch on all the terms they needed to know. Not only did the students see what they didn’t know, they also had the chance to learn by repetition the things they hadn’t quite mastered yet. By working in teams, they discussed the merits of one answer over another (quickly!), clarifying why an answer was or wasn’t correct within the team.
Additionally, Ms. Radloff was able to look at the data provided by Quizlet Live to see what students missed the most so that she could re-teach those concepts before the summative test. In the end, she said, “Students fared much better than my other classes had in previous years.The information in that unit is usually very hard to grasp, but they had it down pretty well. They had so much fun that we played Quizlet Live the rest of the year before tests.”
Quizlet Live has proven to be an easy-to-use, engaging, and useful formative assessment tool that gets high marks from both students and teachers!