My daughter was home from college a couple of weeks ago. She was watching with some amusement as I researched various topics on technology in education. “Why don't you write about Quizlet?” she asked. “It's probably one of the most helpful education sites online.”
“Sure” I replied. I would never confess aloud that I had no idea what a Quizlet is or how it became such a useful... something.
For those of you in my age bracket, here is the scoop: Quizlet is a flashcard program that a 15 year old wrote to help himself learn French in 2005. This remarkable young man is Andrew Sutherland and based on the absolute meteoric success of this program, I am guessing he did pretty well in that French class. Andrew went on to attend MIT but his studies have been postponed because his program is now used by one in two high school students and one in three college students in the US. Quizlet is one of the 50 most popular websites in the US.
It is in essence a flashcard program. There are preconfigured decks or you can make your own. There are several study games or modes that can be played with a deck to reinforce the users retention of the content of the deck.
In the last couple of years, Quizlet has added the means to show diagramming to aid in subjects like anatomy. The software even has an API so future bright programmers can access flashcard data in other programs of their own design.
Fifteen years old... Way to go, Andrew Sutherland!