Friday, March 4, 2011

Quizlet - Some Good Upgrades

Quizlet was the first web 2.0 website I encountered before really understanding what Web 2.0 was.  I was always thoroughly impressed with it and shared it with all my teachers.  Since first discovering this site to create flashcards, play games, and study vocabulary, they have made some major upgrades to the website.  Here is my original blog post about Quizlet.

Here are some of the newer features:
1.) You can easily embed your Flashcards on a blog or website.
2.)  The addition of audio to allow the vocabulary to be read aloud.  Great addition for Special Education.
3.) It is easier to create and study vocabulary that contains symbols and accents.
4.) Search Preview Boxes allows users to see what the words contained in the vocabulary list.  Before, you were just clicking and hoping the list had words you were studying.
5.) The inclusion of line breaks allows you to enter more then one line for the definition.  A great addition that helps not having to study a large sentence, but rather key parts of a definition.
6.) Quizlet has gone mobile, so now you can get all your flashcards on your phone....why are we still banning these tools?
7.) Quizlet is free, but they have a Plus Account that allows photo flash cards and other features for just $10.00 a year.  Not a bad price.

Quizlet has come a long way since I first discovered it and it continues to be one of the best for vocabulary studying.  If you have never used it before, I suggest you check it out.

My Google Reader - Sharing it With You

I recently updated and organized my Google Reader account so that it would be easier for me to read all the great blogs out there related to education, educational technology, administration, and reform.  I am sure there are several that I am missing from my list, but these are the ones that I read the most.  You can see from the image below how I have organized my blogs (you can see I have some reading to do):
If you are new to having a Google Reader account and are interested in creating a great list of blogs to read, I highly recommend adding what I read to your account, or creating a new Google Reader and starting with these.  To get started, you will need to download my Google Reader Subscription that I have made available through the site

When you download the file you will need to go to your Google Reader Settings and then click on the Import/Export tab.  You will see an "import" area.  Browse your computer where you saved the Subscription List and upload it to your Google Reader Account.

You will then have access to 167 education blogs that are worth reading.  If there are some that you are not interested in, just delete them.  The software blogs in case you are wondering are the blogs of web 2.0 websites that I use often (Evernote, Google, Prezi, etc).  The Elective Blogs are PE, Foreign Language, Business, etc.

Happy Reading!