Image Create online flash cards that can do so much more than the traditional card stock version on Quizlet. It’s FREE and in my opinion very fun to use!!

Quizlet was founded in 2005 by 15-year-old Andrew Sutherland for a high-school French class. He wanted an easy-to-use tool for learning vocabulary. He built Quizlet for himself, shared it with his friends, and it grew from there.

Quizlet is now among the largest educational website in the world. Millions of teachers and students from every country in the world use Quizlet.

You can create your own list of terms or pick from an already created list. You can search for a class list that has been created by your teacher or someone in your  class or you can create and share a list with your class. You can insert images for picture ID for animals, plants, countries, etc. There is a very nice and clear computer narration option that reads the cards out loud during the review process.

Check out the one that I created for my class assignment entitled DANGER!! Watch out for these critters!! The one issue that I found with the cards is that I typed a lot of information about the critters and plants on the back side of the card. When it came time for the review portion for the flashcards (scatter, race, and test) in order to get each one correct, you had to type in everything that I had written. I’m sure there is a way that this can be corrected if you spend some time with it. I didn’t mind it myself, since it was for demonstration purposes.


Using Socrative to Enhance Student Response in The Classroom

Image“Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.” 

We used Socrative in the class as a way to participate and interact with the class during discussions. Check it out by watching the video below or you can click on the logo to go to the website.



Steve Jobs Schools Opening in the Netherlands

SJS-logoSo, I’ve really become a Steve Jobs School fan. Having never visited or experienced one for myself, I can only discuss them based on what I’ve researched via websites and articles. I’ve decided to post a blog on Steve Jobs Schools because I’ve become aware of how very excited I am about the possibilities of these types of programs. I feel it…if you can understand what I mean by that. It’s not just that I’m in agreement with the philosophy behind their creation, it’s because I’m literally excited and want to tell people about them…so now I am.

So what are Steve Jobs Schools?

Basically, they are schools that use what is called the O4NT method or approach.

Using this approach, each student will learn by using educational apps and tools on their own individual iPad. According to the Steve Jobs School press release “teachers will no longer simply convey knowledge to a group of children; they will be transformed into coaches that support children with their individual and group projects. Because educational apps are used for basic skills, the learning process can be completely adapted to the individual child’s learning speed and style.

“When they are in the physical school building, the children will move around the various ‘subject rooms’ according to their individual schedule, e.g. the language room, math room, creative lab, gym or technology lab. They can also attend planned activities that they have registered for. Parents can follow via a special app exactly what their child has been doing during the day and the children also maintain their own portfolio, documenting their progress and achievements.

“School hours and vacations will be very flexible once the O4NT method is completely implemented. Because the ‘virtual school’ is available on iPad 24/7/365, parents are free to book their vacation at a convenient time and to determine what their child’s school hours will be. School and out-of-school care are seamlessly integrated.” To read more from the press release, click here.

Please visit the website for the Steve Jobs School to learn more about the program and a list of the iPad educational apps that the students will be using.