Retrieval Practice is essential to make lessons stick and transfer information from students' working memory to the long memory. There are many ways to do this, being the art of posing questions the most common ways to achieve this. I will talk about questioning in MFL in another entry but as I wrote about TaskMagic and Textivate in my previous post as essential IT tools to carry out retrieval practice, I will continue with other apps which help with memorisation and independent learning (self-quizzing) in my students. I use all these three apps as homework assignments, in the language lab/ IT suit or even in the classroom if students bring their own device. They have also being instrumental during my asynchronous online lessons during lock-down.
- I can create my own activities, meaning, tasks around the Sentence Builders we are working on during lessons. This means I can personalise the exercises to specific sets and/or specific students if I choose to do so.
- Students do not need to create an account to work on the activities! There is an option for students to open accounts and I can create classes to overview progress but I choose not. Kids already have many usernames and passwords and I do not want to create more. Normally, students will do a screenshot of their completed activities and paste it into our class OneNote. They love that I trust them!
- It is extremely easy to share via link, QR code or by embedding the activity, which will allow me to incorporate them to other tools/apps such as Genially.
- There is a very wide range of activities and unlimited use!
- IT IS FREE!
- Students do not need special login to do the activities
- It allows you to create different types of quizzes, not just multiple choice!
- You can incorporate listening (up to 10 seconds) which is great to create listening/ dictation exercises to help students memorise Sentence Builders. This is an example of a listening Quizizz activity.
- Students can do the quizzes live but also as practice as many times as they want to which develops independent learning!
- You can create short answer quizzes but also long answers! I use the app very successfully to practice model potential written answers to oral questions. This is an example of an oral Quizizz activity.
Of course there are more apps/tools to use! For example Quizlet/Memrise which I actively use to assist students in their learning homework. However the apps above go beyond the flashcard format and are examples of IT use in a meaningful planned way not just for the sake of it!