After many years of blogging, and consistent with my desire to move toward retirement, we have ended the Insights blog. Thanks to Doug Bedell for his years of blog support.

Quizlet’s for Learning

Posted on July 16, 2013
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You may already know about Quizlet, or maybe your kids do and haven’t told you of it yet. Chances are their teachers know about this web learning service – and likely love it.

We’ve just happened upon Quizlet and it appears to be a great means of creating your own “flash cards” or tests in any field you chose, or taking advantage of many that have already been created by users of the site. Name a subject, and it appears likely there will be a Quizlet test, or tests, for it. And there’s a lady’s voice that reads off titles and other information to help you get acquainted with any territory you’re interested in.

Quizlet_logo Entranced by Quizlet we’ve turned, where else, to Wikipedia to learn more about it. It turns out that Quizlet is “an online learning tool created by high school sophomore Andrew Sutherland in Albany, California, in 2005 and released to the public in January, 2007. “As of April 2011,” Wikipedia adds, “Quizlet has over 8.7 million user-generated flashcard sets and more than 2.8 million registered users.”

Wow! Andrew Sutherland’s fortune is made! Except that Quizlet is free. But there is (we bet you’ve already guessed) an evidently more expansive Quizlet Plus for $15-a-year. Hence an income stream.  “As a memorization tool,” we’re told, “Quizlet lets registered users create ‘sets’ of terms customized for their own needs. These sets of terms can then be studied under several study modes.” And, naturally, there are Quizlet Facebook and Twitter feeds.

By gosh, you could probably enter an entire nuclear power plant’s components into Quizlet and study them from your laptop, wherever you are, if you’re so-minded.

We are getting used to this, but we never fail to be amazed at the useful learning aids we find surfing the web. Quizlet, and Andrew Sutherland, are clearly part of learning’s future.

Yet if anyone had told us there was an Albany, California, we’d have told them they were mistaken. We’re from New York – but we’ve got more learning to do. – Doug Bedell 


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