How to Up your PD Game using technology

Like the classroom, PD has to be engaging.  The days of Sit and Get are gone for educators as well.  There are so many technology tools out there, that there is no reason why you cannot start using technology to deliver your PD.  I am a true believer in blended learning, so that goes for PD as well.  We still have face to face meetings, we use coaching and we utilize our online tools. Here are some of my favorite tools that we are currently using. 

Platform : 

 Taking your PD online - How will you have teachers complete online PD?  You need some kind of platform where you can post information and it needs to be interactive.  We currently use  Schoology.   When we first adopted this LMS, we started putting information and assignments for teachers in Schoology.  This was one of the best ways for them to learn this new system and it gave them the student's point of view. When you start moving your PD online, having a platform also gives you a place to put resources and other important information.  It can become a one stop shop for everyone.


Engagement tools -

 What other tools can we use for delivery?  Typically when we are doing face to face meetings, we do not use the LMS to present the materials.   We usually reference it and that is where we put the resources, but we use Nearpod to deliver presentations.  We could use other presentation tools, but with Nearpod we can engage the teachers.  We have to remember teachers, like students, are much more engaged if they are interacting. With a tool like Nearpod, you can add activities to your presentations.  I even start my presentations with a VR field trip to help them relax as they come in.  If you are going over mandatory information or just wanted to add some fun, you could play Kahoot or Quizizz. Anything that can have your staff interact and engage will make a HUGE difference. 


Change how you Document Attendance or completion of Mandatory Training-

Almost every school everywhere has mandatory trainings they have to complete.  Usually it is a lot of information you have to distribute and you have to have some way to prove everyone has completed it. Why not let technology help you not only record completion but also make it more engaging or fun? For us one of our mandatory trainings is about testing policies.  One counselor actually loaded all the material onto our LMS, Schoology, and added a test.  The meeting that usually lasts a couple of hours, only lasted 30 minutes and it covered the instructions on how to complete the course.  Teachers enjoyed it because they could read themselves, and do it at their own pace.  The test made it possible to easily see who had completed the course.  It was a great way to document.   We did a training on SAMR, that was mandatory. Instead of typical delivery of information, we play a game.  When we finished we then went over the information.  To document attendance and completion we assigned a Quizizz student paced code and gave a dead line to complete it.  Teachers were more engaged and did not resist having to do it.  


Gamify - 

If you really want to up your PD game, look into Gamifying it.   There is a lot of information out there, I recently wrote a blog about it, so this is the quick and fast of it.  If you gamify your PD, your engagement increases more than you could imagine.  

1. Have a Theme

2. Have a Platform

3. Decide how you are dividing up your faculties into teams

4. Call assignments, challenges

5. Make sure it is fun - the more fun that can be added, the more engagement you will have

6. Make it relevant - if the challenges are just something to do and do not relate back to the classroom, teachers will not see a point.  Most of our challenges were something about technology integration in the classroom and they had to submit sample.

7. Come up with some kind of reward. 

Final Thoughts - 

Your staff is a lot like your students.  They need to be engaged.  Talking at them and not making it directly relevant are two major factors that decrease participation and effectiveness of PD.  Technology is not a fix all for PD, but if used correctly can make a positive impact on what you are doing. 

The 1,2,3's and ABC's of using Schoology with Early Elementary

As an instructional technology coach and a Schoology Ambassador, I am often told by other districts, "We don't use an LMS in the elementary, it is just too hard and complicated."  My response - "Why don't you let me show you?" Then I proceed to tell them how our amazing teachers are using it Pre-K on up.  

First let me start out with how we got our teachers on board, or at least some of them:

1. Listened to them - First we met with them to see their needs. What are they currently doing? How do they use the iPads right now? What would they want from our LMS - Schoology? 

2. Created Content - The other technology coach and I,  started out by making some content for them.  One of the first things we did was create true/false tests to replace flash card tests. Our Kindergarten teachers must assess letter and number identification. Typically they use flashcards and a check sheet.   Well why not use true false and click true if they got it right and false if they got it wrong.  When on the iPad it goes really quickly.   Once we started showing these examples,  we had 1st and 2nd grade teachers asked about putting Cold Reads on there, so we did a few. This actually grew and teachers started creating and sharing. 

3. Shared and Coached - Us just creating the content would not be helpful in the long run.  So once we started sharing, we then went in and coached those interested in how to make their own.  We also started looking for new uses.  I must say that we have some of the most creative and innovative teachers.  The teachers who bought in, ran with it.  We also created a place for materials to be shared. Our rule was if we made it for you, we were sharing, if you made it with us, we were sharing, etc.. The thought was we wanted to create a cross-district collaboration.  The idea gained a little ground, but it really took off within the schools.  Teachers started taking turns and sharing their resources with each other.  

A. Attitudes - We found those teachers with a will-do attitudes. We really made sure we were there to support them.  There are always going to be bumps in the road and I felt it was important that support was provided. Sometimes when working on something new, when you hit snags you might quit.  If support was offered, maybe teachers would not give up so easily. 

B. Basics - One of the things we almost forgot about was the basics.  We went in assuming that these early elementary teachers knew how to use the platform.  We quickly learned that we had to pause, rewind, and review for them.  We had been using the LMS for almost a year and so many teachers were using it religiously, so we made an assumption that was incorrect.  Once we realized our mistake, we corrected it. We went back and made sure the teachers of younger grades knew the basics of our LMS.  Once we did that, teachers were more open. 

C. Creativity - Sometimes to get started you have to think outside the box, but not as far as you think.  What was really fun about this was meeting with teachers and hearing all their ideas.  Everything from spelling tests, to the classroom newsletters, my teacher's creativity and innovation is truly amazing. 

This all started when we listened to what the early elementary teachers said they needed.  We created them some actually products they could use immediately and coached and supported them in their own use.  It only took a couple of teachers at each school to see potential and then it took on a life of its own.  

Here is a list of ways my early elementary teachers are using Schoology. There are many many more, but this is just to get you started. 

Spelling Tests

Cold Reads

Flash Card Tests

Updates to parents - Touch Cast videos loaded as an update for parents.

Media albums - Keep all the classroom pictures in one place. 

Use iPads to take pictures of writing samples and submit as assignments

Using the assignment function to submit any digital work so parents can see the product. 

Badging and PD = The Perfect Partnership

I posted a blog in June about where we were heading with our badges.  Little did I know what a large impact it would have on teachers working on optional professional development.  

I feel like I need to give a little bit of background first. 

We started with a 1:1 initiative and a brand new LMS 2 years ago. We are well under way into our 3rd year.  During that first year we decided to put as much PD on our LMS - Schoology as possible. This would help teachers use the product and get more comfortable.   I came up with the idea to use the badge feature in Schoology to keep up with what teachers were completing and what CEU's they had earned.   This actually ended up being a great organizational tool.  

As we got into our second year we started encourage teachers to work on "certifications". For example we are an Apple School District, so we encourage teachers to become Apple Certified. It actually teaches you a lot about your MacBook and how it can be used with students. We also started looking at the Nearpod Certified Educator, because we had a district-wide subscription to Nearpod.   Going through the processes, to me, are about learning more about what you have and learning how to use it better in your classroom.  The end result is that the students will benefit.  

There was a lot of talk about gamification last year so I got the idea to turn some of our Schoology badges into physical badges.   My theory was that if teachers could have something outside their door, that might encourage others to join in and work on their PD.   Fast forward to present day..........THEY ARE LOVING IT!!!!! I am getting email after email thanking me and wanting to know more about our optional PD course.  

Now what are we giving them for? Well we tossed around lots of ideas. I know that there is a school of thought about more application and less course completion.   To start this process out we did not want anything that could be subjective. We also didn't want something that wasn't substantial.   We have:


 National Board Certified 

Apple Teacher

Nearpod Certified Educator

Schoology Certified (we created 3 levels of courses they had to complete)

Google Certification

Next year we will add more, but I am really please at where we are going. What is next?  Gamification of the optional PD course.  Stay tuned......

We got badges, yes we do, We got badges, how bout you?

Badging in Schoology is one of my favorite features.  You can use them as a reward, use them for gamifying a course, you can even use them to mark the completion of something. You are also not limited to what you use.  

Schoology has several designs to choose from, but you can also import any image and use it.  Oh you thought it was just images you could change? Oh no you have different shape colors and you can change the color of the trim.   

These badges have been a springboard for two really awesome things in my district.  

1. We use the badges to represent PD  courses teachers have completed in Schoology.  This way at the end of the year we know what to give them CEU's for - or fill out the forms for them to send off.   This year, because we were in our second year, I had one of those "ah ha" moments.  We decided to color code our badges.   Last years badges we outlined in black and this year's in hot pink. I am thinking the pretty green for next year. This way no one is double dipping and it makes it easier to keep up with.  

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2. The second big idea brought on by badging is "why not turn the Schoology badges we made into physical badges?" Teachers love recognition and getting CEU's is awesome, but why not let something in Schoology be represented outside of the LMS?  This coming year we will be getting badges printed for different level of achievement, certifications, etc.. Here are some of the ones we are going to use - Nearpod Certified Educator, Schoology Champion, Apple Certified, etc..  With this we are also gamifying our PD. So we have come of with Schoology Level Badges for completing certain courses we have created.  


We are pretty excited about what is down the road and it all started with badges.  

Keys to Successful Blended Learning

I am a firm believer in the middle ground. I always think that there needs to be balance and that is no different for my views on using technology in the classroom.

I love how much technology offers in way of changing how we do things in the classroom, but I do not believe it should be an all or nothing.  I honestly believe that truly effective classrooms blend the use of technology and traditional teaching methods.  As long as everything is student-centered there is no limit on what students and teachers together can accomplish.  Here are my 4 Keys to have a successful blended learning environment:

1. Curriculum First

Teachers should never look at their tools first.  This isn't about what you have access to it is about what are you teaching. What standards are you covering and what do the students need to learn?  Once you have determined what you are teaching,  you can now look at the tools in your tool box. 

2. Look at what you are teaching? 

Once you have laid out your roadmap of what you are teaching/covering, now let's look at how you are going to teach it?  Technology offers so many opportunities to teach anything. It can bring experiences to students that they probably would not get otherwise.  You have to ask how is it best taught?  This is one of the reasons I love blended learning.  Most things need to be taught in multiple ways. Technology goes hand in hand with differentiation and most things that you teach will not be presented in just one way.  You can have lessons that use traditional and technology all at the same time, hence the word blended. 

3. Know your audience 

So you went to a conference or read a blog and saw some amazing new ideas and want to try them out.  You have looked at what you are teaching and think, yep this will fit perfect. Now the question is, will it work with your class?  Is it age appropriate? Do you have the devices?  Is is Spring or right before a holiday? Will it engage them more or create more chaos? A lot of this depends on your classroom management. If you are great at classroom management, integrating technology will not effect it either way.  If you have a really rough class or they are just struggling right now, will it help focus them or cause problems. You as the teacher are the expert of your classroom and will know those answers. 

4. Does it enhance?

When I have integrated technology and created blended lessons, it most always enhances my lessons tenfold.   With blended learning, that is exactly what technology should do.  Create your lessons and set your roadmap, now how can I make this so much better?  With blended learning you could teach a traditional lesson and then use the technology component for extension activities, reteaching or just practice.   Now we have some differentiation.  There are some teachers that utilize flipped classrooms where the lesson is taught via technology and then they use more traditional methods for reinforcement, practice and intervention when needed.   Looking at enhancing your lessons doesn't come with a script, you have to look at the content and the kids. It is taking that lesson and really pulling your kids in.  


Blended learning is one of the best ways to really begin to integrate technology into your class. You may be asking, "why would I want to do that?".  I am not saying that technology will solve all of your problems and answer all of your questions, but I do know that it gives students a level of engagement and interactivity that are just not possible in a traditional non-technology classroom.  




The Power of Using Formative Assessments with Special Populations

Formative Assessments can be a powerful tool of gathering essential data on students of special populations.  Many times our special education, MTSS and ELL students have a lot of anxiety during traditional assessments. They may struggle getting the information back to the teacher in a specific format.  Luckily there are so many wonderful tools out there that are used as formative assessments that gather really good data. 

So instead of just getting a “temperature” on how students are doing  with a standard or objective, why couldn’t we use that same data as part of our grade or mastery level?  Answer is, we can.   So many of these tools often feel more like activities or games, but in reality are gathering data.  

For example, think about Quizizz, Kahoot or even Quizlet Live, students are answering questions but are getting assessed in the process.  In my opinion Quizizz gives you the best reports on students, but you can get data from all 3.   If students are doing what they consider "playing" sometimes it takes the anxiety away of getting it right.  You may see that the students know or have retained more than you thought. 

There are also tools like Edpuzzle and Nearpod that teachers can embed polls, questions and quizzes into. This may not seem as "fun" but it doesn't have the same pressure attached as an actual test.  

There are so many great products out there that can be integrated into the classroom, that you can gather relevant data on.  Sometimes we need to look past paper and pencil to really find out what the student knows. 

The Constant in Ed Tech - Everything Changes

Anyone in education knows that the only thing that is constant is that everything changes. This is only year 2 for me as an Instructional Tech Coach, so I am by no means an expert.  Although I am new I am picking up a thing or two along my way.  

When I started out I started sharing everything I learned with my teaches. Not that this was a bad thing, but I am trying to work smarter not harder. Now I spend time focusing on tools that cover a multitude of tasks or things.  That way when teachers "master it" they have something that does a lot for them instead of "tool hopping".  Our motto in the district "One tool at a time".  Basically we want our teachers to pick up one or two tools and really learn them before adding on.  Ed Tech can get very overwhelming and this is a good rule of thumb.  

Now, not only are we focusing in on multi-use tools, I am noticing that the more a tool does for you the more evolved it becomes.  Some of my favorite tools, are constantly adding on.  The funniest thing happened just the other day, I am in the middle of a training and saw a brand new feature added in.  Although I was surprised, it is actually what I have come to expect from these awesome companies. 

I truly believe the best Ed Tech companies are constantly getting feedback and adding/evolving.  They are not "one trick ponies" but tools that help teachers in multitude of ways.  

Here are some of my favorite "Go To" tools:





Kahoot and Quizizz are very similiar and only really let you quiz your students, but they are constantly adding components and features to how they test. 

The "I Do, We Do, You Do" of Schoology

As we rolled out our 1:1 initiative last year, we also rolled out a brand new LMS at the same time.  As we got into the thick of things we realized one of the biggest complaints about learning both the devices and LMS is that there just wasn't enough time.  Since I am not that far removed from the classroom, I totally remember that feeling.  So how can I help make this easier on them and show them how awesome the LMS is at the same time???? Then I remembered one of my favorite teaching strategies "I Do, We Do, You Do".  In all honesty, we had a "They Do" in there as well.  So as an instructional coach, this is what it looked like:

1. Find a group of teachers willing to meet with you and be your "guinea pigs". Find out what the teachers are currently doing. What kinds of tests, projects assignments are you doing?  What is something you do over and over and over again? Can I replicate it in Schoology easily? What information are the teachers gathering from the activities? Would it save time and still be as effective? Can they use it next year or even again this year? 

2. Now begin the creation.  Make a couple of examples that the teachers can use immediately.  Show them how to use what  you have made. Get feedback - trouble shoot things that went wrong and build off of what went great. 

3. Now build something together that they can use.  Cross your fingers that they now pick up the ball and roll with it. Follow up periodically. 

We did this with elementary teachers and had some great success.   Spelling tests were are go-to for diving in. Teachers LOVED that idea!!!! Kindergarten teachers now are using true/false tests instead of flashcard identification for sounds, letters, and numbers.  I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea.   Teachers are often like students and change is hard.  Since I invested in them and was there, they were much more willing to jump on this Schoology Train!! 





It's A Community

So I am so very blessed to have been chosen to be one of the Nearpod Pionears.  Not only do I love Nearpod, but I also got to spend an entire weekend with other professionals who love it as well.  Josh did an amazing job of putting everything together and presenting an amazing conference/meeting.  There are so many different things we could focus on but my biggest take away was the people.  

It all started when Josh created a facebook group.  People started coordinating sharing rides and meeting at the airport to ride to the hotel together.  Wait.. you do realize a lot of these people are complete strangers?  It continued on with various posts about where people were so others can join them.  I found myself following it and walking up to a complete stranger and yet calling her by name and chatting it up. I am the only that upon reflection that might not be normal? It was like although most everyone was coming alone, no one wanted anyone to feel alone. 

The next two days were filled with fun activities (totally got you out of your comfort zone), break out sessions, product information, and amazing connections being made.  The staff and founders have such passion for not only Nearpod but the people it most effects, the students. You could tell all through out the room that everyone in there cared. During breaks and meals you constantly heard chatter about what do you do? How do you do.... What do you use? will you share with me?  Of course you heard social conversations because everyone was making genuine connections, but the majority of the time on a weekend no less, people were talking about their jobs and their passion for helping each other and their students.  

I should also note that I constantly heard statements about how Nearpod was evolving, because they were listening to us.  You know, I believe them.  I am so proud to be a member of this amazing group of professionals.  I just hope that one day I can help someone as much as I was helped this weekend.  

Nearpod said the focus this year is community and you know what? That is exactly what it is!!   

Blended Learning - Why you need it and who should do it.

So our district just booked Chalkable again to come in and do blended learning training with our elementary teachers. Now you may be asking yourself, don't you teach the teachers how to use technology? Why yes I do, but I will cover that in a minute.   

If you are going to bring technology into the district and get devices into student's hands, here are my top reasons why you need specific blended learning training. 

1. Technology can not just be a toy, teachers have to be taught how to use it with curriculum. Curriculum has to be the focus. 

2. Notice the title says blended.  I believe blended is the best route to go.  This means it isn't all books or all technology, it is a marriage of both.  I have heard the term Technology Infusion and I believe that sums it up the best.  Technology is infused into the classroom and has just become a tool to use. 

3. Sometime teachers need training on how to integrate, not just show how to use a new tool, app or website.  If teachers don't understand how to incorporate it, how effective will it really be? 

Now to the question - Why can't you just do it?  

First this is only for those that might have the funds to do this. Our district has funds that has to be used on outside sources. Since it has to be delegated that way and technology one to one was rolling out, this is the route we took. 

1. My partner and I are fully capable and have trained teachers, but sometimes teachers listen up when it is an oustide person. 

2. Outside perspectives are never a bad thing. 

3. Let someone who does this all the time come and show you their tools and tricks.  A lot of my time is spent helping teachers, and their time is spent finding new stuff. I say it is a win win. 


We bring in Chalkable because we love their PD model of model for the teacher, give them protected time to create and then go into their class and work side by side with them. 

Quizlet Live - Not just for students

So last week we brought in teachers from each building across the district to work on Schoology.  We now have a PLC Facilitator that focuses on Schoology.  We decided to see how much they knew but in a fun way.   We all know that teachers get tired of the same old - same old traditional trainings.  I decided we haven't really focused in on Quizlet live and it is such a fun and engaging tool.  Teachers were not thrilled with having to get up and move around, but once they got going, they started having a blast. Here are my top reasons for loving Quizlet Live -

1. Turns review into a game

2. Randomly chooses teams

3. Makes students get out of their comfort zone and interact with everyone

4. Due to the set up (only one person on the team has the right answer) everyone has to participate. 

5. After the students have played it, they learn that once you miss a question it starts them back over. So my 6th reason is that it reinforces taking your time to correctly answer the questions. 


Using a LMS for School Clubs, Teams and Groups

So I was recently talked into coaching again.  This is something I thought I had given up.  Since I have been teaching our district how to use our LMS - Schoology, I thought I had better practice what I preached.  Turns out it is as great as I thought it was. 

I post our calendar of events, share forms and update.  All the parents who have gotten the app are wearing it out!!!. They love the ease and convenience of it.  It is especially beneficial to me because I am not on campus everyday.  I knew this tool would be helpful but it seriously has made my life 10 times easier.  All I had to do was announce I was creating a Tennis Group on Schoology and that all my info was there and BAM - we have set the tone and procedure.  

I know teachers/coaches love remind101 and I think it is a good tool, but focusing everyone towards schoology not only allowed me to remind people of things but share events and forms as well.  

As a side note PARENTS LOVE SCHOOLOGY!!! More on our parent roll out later. 

Learning From Our Mistakes

So as the new year started to gear up, the other ITC and I were really excited to roll out the Schoology Gradebook.  We waited until the first full week of school and visited all the schools to show them how to use the gradebook.  The gradebook is really user friendly and very similar to what we are currently using. Since we are using an LMS this would actually reduce the work load for the teachers who are actively using it.  

BOY were we wrong.  NEVER again will we introduce anything new that early.  Teachers do not like change.  It has taken us almost a month to work out the kinks.  The problem is I am the more reserved of the two ITC's and my partner is more the leap and see what happens.  We may have should have done more looking than leaping.  We have taken ownership of our mess ups and have basically gone door to door around the district to fix everyone. I think that went a long way with admin and teachers. 

We are starting to have more and more say that they like it, but it has taken so much to get here. 

Now how do we relay all of the info/details about the gradebook  to everyone else and them actually receive it? That is the new challenge we are facing head on.  

Tips For Teachers Who Are Tech Resistant

We all know who those teachers are who say that the old way works and they are not changing or have you heard, " I was taught that way and it worked for me so..."?  Everyone in education immediately had a face or name that came to mind.   As a instructional technology coach, part of my job is trying to get those teachers on board. Our district went to a 1:1 model, so we need everyone on the same train.  

While working with teachers and trying to understand my reluctant teachers, I have noticed 3 commonalities.  

1. Lack of Knowledge or Understanding

Many teachers don't understand how the technology will fit into their classroom. How does it work? How will they use it? How will the kids react? What will the students try to get away with?  Many more questions have come up.  A couple of ways we are trying to help with the lack of knowledge.

     * Training, training and more training

     * Part of that training has to be modeling - show them how it is used

     * Listening - listen to what you are actually being asked, not what you think they are asking

     *Examples- Make sure you have examples that are relevant to what they teach

2. Fear

Most of the teachers who pushed back, after getting to work with them some you could see that one of the obstacles is fear.  They are afraid they wont understand or they wont be able to do it.  The number one thing we have done is offer support.  We model tools,  then help them create something for their class.  The last component is that we go into their classes and do side by side with them. We are there and just having someone else in the room seems to make teachers more willing to try.  If someone can't be with them when they are trying we get them a "tech buddy teacher". These are teachers in the building that are more tech savvy and are willing to work with the reluctant teachers. We also try to make sure they are close in proximity to each other, that way the teachers know the support is close by. 

3. Small Steps

Last but not least we encourage small steps. In our trainings we only show a couple of tools.  Then we have the teachers pick only one to begin with. Many times teachers go to trainings or are shown several tools at once and they feel as though they have to learn them all.  We preach - one at a time.  Our rule of thumb is to use one new tool until you are comfortable and only then will we show you another and repeat the process. It has amazed me to see the relief on teachers faces when we say it and they know we mean it.  One website or App is much easier to tackle than three or four. 

We all know there will still be teachers that be reluctant and some will all out refuse.  Luckily they are in the minority.  With patience, understanding and support, you may be amazed at what your teachers will begin to try. In the end it is worth it because the children are the ones getting the benefit. 

My Top 3 Educational Game-Based Sites

There is nothing that will ever replace good teaching!!! Now with that said, looking for new strategies and tools is never a bad thing. Do you know how many millions and millions the "free game apps" make each year?   People are spending tons on getting "extra lives" or "tools" to reach the next level.  We, as a culture get so competitive with not only others, but ourselves. This is a list with a short description of some of my favorite sites that uses some type of "game" to either assess or reinforce students. I also too much of anything isn't good, so these are just tools to throw in to change it up or to hook students. 



Quizizz is a self-paced game site.  There are tons of pre-made quizzes already loaded into the library.  It also allows you to create your own. One feature that it has that others may not, is combining of quizzes.  There is a live version and it can be assigned as homework.  It has the ranking feature and the funniest memes that pop up after each question depending on how the student answers. As a teacher you can have control on most everything, the time, memes or no memes, etc..  


A new feature recently out  - Quizizz in other languages. Now our foreign language arts teachers can use it as well with out having to create everything from scratch.  If you haven't looked at this one you should. 


Students seem to love the competitive part of Kahoot. This is played as a whole class.  Teacher have the questions and question choices on the board and the students just have 4 color choices that they pick.  There are tons of pre-made quizzes that you can edit, but you cannot merge two quizzes together. You can also make your own. Kahoot ranks students after each question, but you can turn that off.  You can edit just about all of the settings in Kahoot, including the time on the question to how you want to give points.  One of the great things about Kahoot is that it is always coming in out with new features. Every couple of weeks there is a post on Twitter about a new feature coming.  I  like Kahoot because it is really engaging and often the students forget they are actually doing academic work. 



Many of you have probably heard of Quizlet, because it has been around a while. Quizlet started out as basically online flashcards.  They had some pretty cool features back then.  I used Quizlet years ago for helping my students review for tests because the flashcards can be audible. I had many students with reading disabilities and I loved that the cards could be read to them.  I re-discovered Quizlet more recently and it has added some amazing, fun new features.  Now you still have the flashcard sets.  There a a ton of "decks" already made that you can use and alter. You can also create your own.  There are now games that students can play and there are different modes.  There is a review mode, testing mode, etc.. I only use the free version but one of our teachers has the paid account and she says it will give her information about how long her students were on etc.. The newest feature is absolutely amazing!!! I actually played it with a huge group at AETC.  It uses whatever deck you want, then student use the code they are given to sign in.  Quizlet then randomizes the students into groups.. Here is the best part - They HAVE to work together.  When the question appears not everyone in the group has the right answer.  So they have to talk and look at each others screens to get it right.  I have seen adults and students play and it was so much fun to watch. I love that these websites are always upping their game!!!