Monthly Archives: January 2014

Quizlet

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Quizlet is an excellent technological tool that can help students with learning new information, especially information that needs to be recalled, such as vocabulary. Since I teach many first-time college students, I frequently look for ways to help them succeed in their educational pursuits. Many of my students lack an understanding of the amount of at-home studying required of them at the college level, as well as lacking an understanding of how to study. I love the “new face” that Quizlet gives to flashcards, as well as the convenience of having it available on your phone, which most college students have with them all the time.

In my Prep Reading and Study Skills courses, I start by creating some lists related to our textbooks and showing them how to use access these flashcards sets on the Quizlet website and app. I show them the many options they have in studying these terms, beyond just the basic flashcard. In addition, I promote the easiness of use and convenience of it and suggest they study these words for 5-10 minutes multiple times throughout the day, such as when they wake up, while waiting for a ride or their next class, before they go to sleep, or really any time they find themselves with a few minutes to spare. I explain them that repeated exposure and practice will help them to remember the information on a more long-term basis, which in turn will help them as they take their tests. Later in the semester, I show them how to create their own flashcard sets for any subject and how to search for and copy already created sets related to their topic. Edshelf provides a great overview of these functions as well as the basic functions of Quizlet if you want to learn how this technological tool yourself. Many of students comment at the end of the semester how much this piece of technology helped them and how to plan on using it for all their future classes.

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Getting my feet wet

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Being a “big picture” person, I am struggling with my lack of a big picture for this blog. I wish I had the clarity of focus many blogs possess, but those are usually people with a particular expertise they wish to share, like cooking, building furniture, photography, or with a difficult life event they wish to share, such as battling cancer or dealing with the loss of a loved one. This blog does not serve either of those purpose. Instead, I have freedom to explore, especially in relation to the topics of my class, which is entitled Computers and Composition. The pressure unfolds though with an immediate audience, my classmates and professor, who will read these posts and whether they want to or not, whether consciously or unconsciously, they will form opinions about me based on what I write. Ideally, we are community of educators or writers sharing ideas, but in the age of technology, every post I write becomes another part of my digital footprint. My greatest concern is not really knowing what to say or not really having anything significant to say. I hope those fears subside a little more with each post. So here’s to getting my feet wet. As I often have to do at the beach, I am going to get wet slowly, in hopes of avoiding the shock of the cold, unknown waters.