Quizlet – an interactive memory recall tool

Quizlet – Apps for Ed

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quizletTonight’s 15 minute forum was led by Director of Humanities Martyn Simmonds.  Martyn has been working on his use of Quizlet to support memory recall with his students.  He referred back to this blog on effective revision techniques, based on the work of John Dunlosky.  Martyn claimed that Quizlet was great for ‘practice testing’ and that 4 out of 5 of the strategies listed below, could be put in place using it:

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Quizlet enables you to input a ‘study set’.  This is a sequence of questions and answers that, once inputted, will be stored online and can then be used by students in a number of different ways – to test themselves.  Martyn then went through how to set up and use a ‘study set’:

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Once your quiz is set up and ready to go, you can share the quiz hyperlink with your students.  They then have the option of interacting…

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Keeping the bar high – using target language

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“Speaking is at the heart of language learning” (Ramage,2012,p47).

As a language teacher, the goal is for students to spontaneously use target language (TL), in whatever form; a simple ‘Bonjour’ to a ‘je pense que cette image est très intéressante’. Even if it’s just a ‘je suis en retard, veuillez m’excuser monsieur’. Ok, so latter is subjunctive but still, the point stands.

I am the first to admit that I don’t use enough TL in the classroom. BUT I want to. However it needs to be carefully planned and focused. Ofsted have remarked that use of TL in the classroom needs developing and has dropped significantly in the last 20 years. I suspect that may have a little to do with the ridiculous controlled assessments stipulated by the exam boards but even so, that’s not excuse. Thankfully, the GCSE spec is changing. TL is crucial. How we use it in…

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Memrise – Can a quizzing app have real impact on student learning?

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Class Teaching

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Tonight’s 15 minute forum was led by English teacher, Tod Brennan.   Over the last year or so, Tod has been reflecting on the teaching approaches that used during his ITT and PGCE years.  His lessons would be planned around teaching activities, that would keep students entertained and generally having fun.  The problem was that during these lessons, students would often forget what he wanted them to remember, and remember what he really wouldn’t have minded if they forgot!  This made him think more deeply about what learning really was.  This definition seemed to make sense:

Learning is the long-term retention and transfer of knowledge and skills.

Retention = durable

Transfer = across similar domains

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More recently , Tod was told about the App Memrise.  Memrise is an online learning tool, that uses principles of cognitive science, such as repetition and spacing, to help you remember things.  Essentially, teachers go onto…

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