Website Wednesday: Quizlet

Quizlet

Quizlet is a flashcard website, that allows users to create and share sets of flashcards.  Unlike some of the other flashcard websites Quizlet allows use of images in their sets.  Users can form classes (groups) to share their sets.  I have created two classes, one for speech and another for language.  Both of these classes have over 40 cards; check them out by clicking the links in the previous sentence.

The flashcards in Quizlet can be accessed without signing in.  Registering and logging in allows you to create cards, favorites, and join classes.  If you log in information in some sections are saved, but can be easily cleared for the next client by clicking “Start Over”. After you are logged in you can join my “Speech Therapy For Use With Clients” class by clicking here and my “Language Therapy For Use With Clients” by clicking here.  If you create your own flashcards don’t forget to share.

There are currently 7 ways to study flashcards directly from the website. The flashcard mode just allows you to navigate through the cards just as you would real flashcards.  There is a new flashcard mode (below the flashcards), which is showing up on my Chrome browser but not on Internet Explorer.  This works very well during therapy because it allows you to mark (wrong) cards for further study by clicking the star on the top right corner of the card, making it easy to track data.  The new mode allows the card to be spoken if desired.  Both modes allow you to choose which side of the card you want to show first. I will contact Quizlet about its new mode and when they are planning on making it the default.

The “Speller” mode shows a picture if available, says the target word, then prompts you to type it.  If typed incorrectly it repeats.  The “Learn” mode shows or speaks one side of the flashcard and prompts you to type the other side.  Data is tracked and you can complete another round until all incorrect cards are correct.  This works great with language cards.  The “Test” mode provides a quiz with part fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, matching, and true/false.

There are two games also. Scatter is a timed game to match flashcard sides.  Space Race  prompts you to type one side of the card before the other side moves across the screen.

Much of this content can be accessed through the internet with a mobile device, but there are a lot of apps which allow offline use.  The best one I tried is Quizard which is available on Android, Amazon, Nook,  as well as iOS.  There is a free lite verison of Quizard on Google Play and Amazon.  Apple also has an official Quizlet app.  Windows phones and tablets can find apps here.

Quizard

Multiple flashcard websites can be accessed from Quizard.  To download Quizlet cards click Download Sets and Download From Quizlet. From here you can search for “subject”, “creator”, “my cards”, or “my groups”.  If you become a member of one of my classes, click my groups, log in and allow access. Then you can view your groups (classes) and select (download) the desired set.  Similarly you can view your favorites, or you can search for rwslp to find my stuff.

Explaining the details on how to use Quizard further would be quite lengthy.  If there is enough interest (comments)  in a tutorial, I can create a video.

With Quizlet you can now create and access hundreds of flashcards on your computer, smart phone, and tablet.

Auditory Analysis

AuditoryAnalysis

Name Auditory Analysis (USA Version)
Creator Talking Talk
Marketplace Google Play & Amazon Appstore
Category Phonological Awareness
Price $   4.99
MB 33.1
Operating System 2.3.3
SD Card Yes
My Rating 5/5

Auditory Analysis is one of the more interesting and engaging apps I am using in speech therapy.   It uses the built in microphones (in phones and most tablets) to record and repeat audio clips. This allows students to compare their answers to the target answer then choose if they got it correct or not.   All of the students I have tried this with love this feature. They enjoy the ability to hear themselves.  My students also like the two fun games which can be used as rewards.   It has worked well with groups of students or a student using it by himself.

This app works on phonological awareness in 7 different levels: omitting part of compound words, omitting part of a two syllable words, omitting the initial phonemes, omitting the final phonemes, substituting initial or final phonemes, omitting part of consonant blends, and substituting part of consonant blends.  The data is tracked and can be emailed.

This app is currently only available on Android devices. The creator has made a video. Check it out here:

Free Language Apps from Amazon

Everyone loves getting stuff for free.  Here are some Apps that I use or recommend for language based activities; these apps can be used in therapy or at home and best of all they are all free.  On the down side many of them  have ads, but can be purchased for a dollar or two without ads. I recommend trying the free version and if you like them than purchasing the ads-free version.If you don’t have the Amazon Appstore on your android device find out how to get it here.

Amazon.com Widgets

Do and Does Fun Deck

Update: this app has been fixed.  It now gives you the option of emailing in text and/or an attachment.
Rating: 5/5
This is another good language app that is working well on my Android devices.  Like the Super Duper Inc. other apps, if SD card is on the device it will store most of itself on the SD card so it only takes up 2 MB. My only problem with it is that it sends the data in an attachment instead of within the email.

Hearbuilder Following Directions Software

Rating: 5/5
As a SLP, I use the professional version of this software with my students. It provides an engaging way for children to learn basic concepts (e.g., if, or, first, all, and after) as well as improve their abilities of following directions. I would recommend this software to be used with elementary age child who is having difficulties in these areas. Parts of this software would be appropriate for preschool children. It is currently cheaper to purchase here than it is to purchase it directly off of Super Duper Inc. website.

Plurals Fun Deck

Update: Super Duper allows the users to to email in text and attachment in an update with this app.
Rating: 4/5
Another good Super Duper App for SLPs. This one provides the student with a choice of 2 words (i.e., plural & singular) to complete a sentence. The program can read the sentence and choices.  Singular and Plural forms are both targeted. Irregular and regular plurals are included.
One thing I don’t like about the app is that there is no quick way to just select irregular or regular. Another is that when you email the data it is in an attachment instead of within the email.  Like the other Super Duper apps the data for the email is created in an html file which is saved on the device.  If these aren’t deleted occasionally they can build up. I had over 50 when I first found them.