Google Keep and Calendar


What is it?

Google Calendar is a free internet calendar that allows you to manage and keep track of your events and lets you share it with others. This is an ideal tool to use to manage both your professional and personal schedules.

Google Keep is a syncing notepad that connects your content through google drive. It includes photo-notes, video-notes, checklist, etc. It’s simple and efficient, and you can easily share your notes with others by just attaching their email to the note.


Why are these useful?

Today, humans live in a very technological age. A majority of people carry around cell phones, tablets or even their laptops on a day to day basis, which is how Google Keep and Calendar come in handy. By being able to easily access these technologies, it enable individuals to be more time efficient and organized.


Features of Keep and Calendar

Share – Users can publish their calendar on their website for others to view or share it with certain individuals. They also have the option to edit the calendar.

Reminder – You’re able to sync through your phone, computer, or email. This feature is a great way to keep yourself on task. No matter what device you are on, you can set reminders which will alert you.

Voice memos – You can add a voice memo by simply clicking the microphone icon and speak into it. Once you finish recording your memo, it translates into text but also keeps your original voice recording for you to replay if wanted. This is a very convenient way to take note of something when your hands aren’t free, or if you’re simply too lazy.

Sorting Options – You can personalize your notes or calendars by colour coding or simply changing the layout format to fit your taste. You can also able to label your notes so it can be easy to navigate.

Add Calendars – Add separate calendars for your professional or personal use. This allows you to maintain your professional and personal simultaneously. To make it easier you can import and export your calendar to make it more manageable.

Appointment slots – You can create appointment slots on your calendar which the people you invite can reserve. Note: this feature is only available with a work or school google account.  

Quick add: A feature in google calendar that allows you create an event and allows you to efficiently add the information and customize it all in one go. Options such as; attachment, description, location, guest invitation, time, etc are all included into the quick add.  


Possible Educational Uses

  • Student and teachers can use Google Calendar to quickly schedule meetings or events with others. Instead of emailing back and forth, a convenient time for all the individuals involved can be easily found.
  • Teachers can create appointment slots for instances such as parent teacher interviews.
  • Teachers can use Google Calendar to plan out their lessons to ensure that everything they need to teach will be covered by the a certain deadline.
  • Students can use the calendar to plan out their study/work schedule in order to stay more organized and to be a more efficient learner. For instance, if a student wishes to use spaced learning, for the week, month or even the entire year.
  • Teachers can create class calendars which students will be able to sync their own calendar. This is a very  efficient way for teachers to keep students up to date with important events such as tests or due dates.
  • Reminders can be set for both of these technologies. Writing in an agenda is a good way to stay organized but if you forget to check it, chances are, you won’t carry out what you planned. With Keep and calendar, students and teachers can use the reminder feature to send themselves an alert to stay on track.
  • Students can use Google Keep to create checklists of what they need to study for a unit test. Once they have completed that topic, they can check off the box and keep track of what they have completed.



Videos of further learning

How to use Google Keep

Google Calendar Basics

Educator-Created Resources

8 reasons to use google calendar

Help and Tips for using Google Calendar and Keep

Google Calendar

Google Keep

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TED Ed is an education enhancing web tool that takes an existing YouTube video and allows customization for better teaching/learning. It was created by the same organization that created the TED Talks to help people spread new ideas to others around the world.

An Introduction to TED-Ed


TED-Ed has the following features:
– Ability to upload Youtube videos to another platform and add multiple choice/short answer questions to it
– Ability to create discussions and allow others to add their thoughts onto it
– Ability to make your lesson customizable by others if they want to add on/change it for their own use
– Ability to share videos with others and access it from the website
– Ability to alter other peoples’ lessons to suit your own needs

Resources for Getting Started

Link to Video being attached:
A video from TED-Ed describing what it’s all about

Information and Resources from TED Ed
An “About” page from TED-Ed
A support page for people who need help with the site
A page for people to leave feedback
A link to a video which describes TED-Ed’s Features
A link to TED-Ed’s Youtube channel which houses all of their official videos

Educator-Created Resources
A link that describes how to use TED-Ed in a flipped classroom
A video of a sample TED-Ed lesson
Multiple videos from TED-Ed
A link that describes how to use TED-Ed to create lessons
A link that describes how TED-Ed can go extend past the classroom
A link that describes how TED-Ed impacts education,2817,2381433,00.asp

Possible Educational Uses
1. Students can search up lessons created by others to learn and test themselves
2. Students can create lessons to help others or help put learning into long term memory
3. Flipped classroom- Teachers use TED Ed to enhance the learning they taught to students in class. Students learn from videos 4. and get tested on it afterwards
5. Discussions can help students brainstorm together (with or without teacher) for projects related to the topic being taught
6. YouTube users can use TED Ed to add on more information or help consolidate the content of their video
7. Teachers can track how students have responded to follow-up questions, track which students have watched which videos and how they actually interacted with the lesson, as well as hold quizzes for practice/marks

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Tablets Cheat Sheet



Having tablets in the classroom is a concept with growing popularity that teachers and students are realizing has an impact on learning. Due to their versatility and wide selection of applications, tablet devices are the all-in-one, ultimate tools for learning any subject. Adding tablets to the classroom environment is especially useful in our current generation of accessible knowledge and communication. Information online, resources, and different ways to learn interactively all become so much more accessible when students have a tablet at their desks.

Every tech company crafts their devices in unique ways, each flagship device differing from the other slightly. For example, Apple’s most recent iPad Pro is an ambitious attempt to replace laptops by boasting a sizable display and army of accessories. What makes the Nexus 7, and all Android tablets for that matter, so unique is their Google account integration. The entire tablet experience with Google Nexus is centered on using Google apps and your Google account. Gmail, Hangouts, Google Play, and Chrome are just some of the Google oriented applications you can expect to use when using a Nexus. This is useful for students because since almost all of their activities on the tablets use Google accounts, it is easy to pick up the work you left off on a tablet in class from a laptop at home. Simply log in to your Google account and you’re ready to go.



Hangouts – Screen sharing

Google’s communication platform includes many different ways for users to interact with one another. Hangouts chat rooms can be made between numerous users and within these chat rooms users can send instant messages, files, or video chat. The main feature of Hangouts that students should take advantage of is the screen sharing option where users can show a group their display and what they are doing on their device. Teachers can choose to share their slideshows or lesson material through this feature.

Screen capturing

Screen capturing is taking a picture of what is currently on a device’s display. To do this, the volume down button must be held down at the same time as the power button. This will save an image of what is currently on the display to the device’s photo album. Taking pictures of what is on your screen is an easy, yet efficient way to save important notes and diagrams for future reference.


The multitasking button on the bottom right of the Nexus 7 allows users to quickly switch between applications. This allows for applications to run in the background while the user focuses on using a different application. Furthermore, when using this feature users can swipe an app to the side to easily close it. This ensures that battery is not being used up on an idle app.

Links from Nexus

The Latest from Nexus

Help Center

Links from Users

Nexus 7 Tips and Tricks

Which Tablet is for You?

Educational Uses

  1. Typing down notes during a lecture is a common use for tablets. With their multitasking capabilities, it’s even possible for tablets to run a voice-recording app in the background so that students can go back, listen to the lecture again, and make sure they have written down every important point.
  2. Students can download textbooks to eliminate the hassle of carrying heavy bags. Also, students can use the screen capture function to take a chart from one of the pages. This image will be saved to the photo album and it can be added to typed-up notes for easy access.
  3. Using Hangouts screen sharing is useful when there is a large class and the teacher only has a computer accessible to them. Even with just a computer, teachers can share their slideshows and lessons over a chat room with the entire class.
  4. When using the screen sharing option on Hangouts, it can be useful to capture a slide or even a “chalkboard solution” if the teacher is using a Smartboard. A step-by-step tutorial of how to solve a problem on the Smartboart can be captured step by step by the students using both the Hangouts screen sharing and screen capturing features.

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Google Forms Cheat Sheet

Google Forms is an online tool that allows you to create and analyze surveys, quizzes, and forms for free. Anyone with a Google account and internet access can use Google Forms. Not only is Google Forms great for surveys and polls, it can also be used in education in the form of assessments. Teachers can create an assessment on Google forms for their class to do online. After, the teacher can view the results on Google Sheets and and mark and email the results to the students using the Flubaroo add-on.



Google Forms has a lot of fun themes to suit any topic of your form. And if you don’t like them,you can customize your form by uploading a header image from your computer or from Google Drive. You also have the option to change the background colour of the form and page.

Form Settings and Confirmation Page

You have the option to show a progress bar at the bottom of the page, randomize the order of your questions, or allow the responder to only respond once (required login). Furthermore, you can customize the confirmation page by writing your own message, providing a link to respond again, showing a link to the form results, and allowing the responder to edit their response.

Types of Questions

Your form can include many types of questions, such as text, paragraph text, multiple choice, checkboxes, choose from a list, scale, grid, date, and time. In addition, advanced settings are available. You can add a maximum or minimum character count, shuffle the options, or allow only numbers to be inputted.


A Google account is not necessary to respond to a Google Form.  Who can respond, edit and view a Form can be adjusted at any time.  Responses to forms are automatically loaded into a new Google Sheet but they can also be viewed as a series of pre made graphs.  Forms can still be edited and viewed once shared to get responses and notifications can be received to keep up with response activity.


Work with your friends on a Google Form by inviting them via email. Once your form is made, publish the link by clicking the “Send Form” button. A new Google Forms feature is the shorten URL option which allows the responder to easily type it into their browser. Then, you can send the link via Google Plus, Facebook, Twitter, or email.


Possible Uses For Education

  1. Flubaroo: A Google Sheets add-on for educators that automatically grades assessments created by teachers in Google Forms.  The fast, customizable grading provides results in Google Sheets along with analysis tools for studying student results.  Among the many options teachers are able to send personal results to each student with or without an answer key as well as view which questions were problematic for the majority of students.
  2. Collaborate with a friend or two to make practice questions for a test.
  3. Teacher and student communication is very important. Teachers can use Forms to get feedback from the class. The information gathered can then be used to improve lessons according to the students’ interests.
  4. Often, a lot of time is wasted on debating the best assessment or presentation dates. With Google Forms, teachers can plan a schedule without wasting class time by making the class vote on the best date that fits their schedules.
  5. Forms can be used at the end of classes to test student’s knowledge on what was just learned.  By viewing the result graphs that are automatically updated by Google Forms teachers can accurately gage whether students understand what was taught as well as indicate problem areas where many students may have had difficulties.


Videos for further exploration

An introduction to Google Forms,

A tour of Google Forms

An introduction to flubaroo

Google’s advanced, updated Forms tutorial

Brief Documentary: Google Forms a teacher/student connection


Links for further exploration

A Quick Guide for Forms

Chrome App for Google Forms


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Nearpod Cheat Sheet


Nearpod is an interactive multimedia presentation platform where teachers can share presentations used in classrooms. In presentations, teachers can and keep track of students’ activities and assure students are on the same page as they have the control on which slide is being viewed. Moreover, teachers have the ability to monitor, measure, and receive a better perspective of the students’ understanding by the collected data stored on their accounts. Students, on the other hand, can use Nearpod to follow along with the lesson and submit answers during various activities in real time while also being able to view the answers and results of others when shared with the classroom. Moreover, teachers have the ability to monitor, measure, and receive a better perspective of the students’ understanding.

Nearpod can also be easily accessed on various pieces of hardware such as computers, smartphones, and tablets. Thus, Nearpod provides a technology-based learning environment where blended learning is available and enjoyable amongst both teachers and students.




Features for Teacher Use:

  • Uploading / creating slideshows
  • Embedding videos and other media tools into presentations
  • Accessing, viewing, and annotating PDF files
  • Conducting a live twitter stream
  • Browsing pre-made presentations on the Nearpod database


Interactive Features Include:

  • Draw it – students can be given a question and/or scenario and can write/draw on a blank canvas before submitting their work
  • Quiz – multiple choice questions can be given with a minimum of two options for every question so teachers can monitor students’ knowledge and understanding of the presentation
  • Poll – a simple one question poll where teachers can collect data from students with multiple choices given
  • Fill-in-the-blanks – short sentences where teachers can choose which word to remove from the sentence and add into the work bank for students to match
  • Open ended questions – can all be used for a variety of subjects for teachers to collect longer, well thought out answers needing more detail or description from students

Once students submit their answer to specific activities (namely Draw it and the open-ended questions), teachers have the option of sharing some of the student’s responses. This promotes class discussion through the deconstruction and in turn, analysis of the response.


Why Nearpod is Useful:

Nearpod provides a balance between hands-on learning through the engagement of student activity) and minds-on learning through the lecture-style presentation. So, enough information is being delivered through the presentation and, students are given the opportunity to apply what they know. In other words, it provides an appropriate ratio between learning and application.

Studies have shown that the average attention span of a human went from 12 seconds to 8 from 2000 to 2013. This is due to the advancement of technology and its stimulation to the brain becoming more frequent in students and people as a whole. Brains require stimulus to keep concentrated. Having said that, lessons used today are modelled after the brains of older generations and are not reconstructed to better suit the newer generation. As a result, Nearpod focuses on the balance between traditional learning and stimulation needed for students to learn and focus in classes


Information and Resources (links):

Homepage of Nearpod

Includes different tabs in which users can navigate through the interface of the website.


How Nearpod Works

Information page describing the basics of using Nearpod. It also includes multiple slideshows that act as a info/help resource for the many tools Nearpod offers.


Nearpod On Youtube



Adding Nearpod Onto Your Devices:

Chrome Extension Download

Google Play Store Download

Apple Store Download


Top Ideas for Use in Education:

  1. As another online presentation platform, teachers can assess their lessons online which allow them to edit/upload from their home as well as automatically save all of their content. This prevents the risk of lost/corrupted/forgotten files that would be detrimental to the lesson.
  2. Pre-made presentations/lessons/introductory activities are also available on Nearpod. Teachers can use them to either introduce the topic of their lesson or review them for a test.
  3. Nearpod is also easily accessible not only on computers, but on mobile devices. This would allow teachers to prepare lessons and have students listen to them whenever and wherever as long as there is internet access. Furthermore, students who are away can easily follow along at home if they choose to which would eliminate the issue of falling behind.
  4. Nearpod is supported by schools as well as districts and therefore has a schoolwide option that includes helpful features. One of these is a tool that allows students to write notes right on the slide that is being displayed during the presentation. This can reduce the amount of paper used to print out slides/write notes and can provide more comprehensive notes as students are referring to specific parts of the slide when they write on them.
  5. The numerous forms of interactive activities Nearpod offers keep students focused and add in diversity from the typical lecture style lesson.
  6. Teachers can assess students’ understanding of the day’s lesson before, after, and during the actual lesson. This can be done through small quizzes, drawing activities, and more. Nearpod collects the data inputted by students and displays them for teachers in real time, allowing them to see who is paying attention or understands the concepts being taught.

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Google Classroom Cheat Sheet

Google Classroom is a platform that allows teachers to host online classrooms. Within these classrooms, teachers can provide feedback, handout assignments, post interactive applications, and create a google drive for the classroom. Google Classroom enables teachers to create their own functional website without the need of outside IT assistance. The simple, paperless assignment workflow allows teachers to create, review and mark assignments quickly, all in one place.  Students are added to the classroom by their teachers or by entering a course code. Students can post onto the classroom webpage, communicate with their peers through comments and hand assignments in electronically. Students can see all of their assignments on an assignments page, and all class materials are automatically filed into folders in Google Drive. Classroom allows teachers to send announcements and start class discussions instantly. Students can share resources with each other or provide answers to questions on the stream.

Google Classroom creates an environment where blended learning is made possible and easy.


Google Drive – By creating a classroom, a google drive is automatically created for the class. This allows teachers to be able to share Power Points, Excel sheets, and Word documents with students. This will allow students access to all important classroom information when studying.

Google Calendar- When a student is enrolled in multiple google classrooms, the google calendar collects all the due dates and test dates from their courses, and uses the information to create a unique calendar for every student.this is particularly useful because it gives the student something tangible to see their scheduled on. Ultimately, this will help the student manage their time more effectively.

Online Assignments & Quizzes- Through google classroom, assignments can be handed in electronically and quizzes can be taken online. This reduces the amount of paper used in classrooms and reduces the changes of assignments/quizzes being lost by teachers or students.

Grading – Google classroom has a downloadable mark book for teachers which allows teachers to stay more organized and allows for backups to be made in the case that something should happen to the teacher’s copy.

Mobile Application- There’s a phone application that allows students to keep in touch with their classroom assignments and activities. No functionality is lost going from computer to phone, which allows google classroom to remain useful in different platforms.

Communication – Announcements can be posted by teachers to the class stream which can be commented on by students allowing for two-way communication between the teacher and students. Students can also post to the class stream but won’t be as high of a priority as an announcement by a teacher and can be moderated easily. Multiple types of media from Google products such as YouTube videos and Google Drive files can be attached to announcements and posts to share content. Gmail also provides email options for teachers to send emails to one or more students in the Google Classroom interface.

Resources for Getting Started:


App Store Download:

Google Chrome Extension:


Resources from Google:

Google Classroom Help

Google Classroom FAQ

Google for Education Help Forum

Educator-Created Resources:

60 Ways Math Teachers Can Use Google Classroom

Remind App + Google Classroom

3 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom

Google Classroom: Pros & Cons

Possible Educational Uses:

  1. Teachers can prepare all of their classroom assignments and test dates in advance. This helps classroom work stay on track throughout the school year.
  2. Teachers can post activities and educational tools that can help consolidate material that was learned in class.
    • Lesson sets allows teachers to consider their students on an individual basis. Multiple apps and links can be shown that allow students to work on different skills. This forms well rounded students and puts learning at the fingertips of the students.
  3. Allows for teachers to try flipped classrooms. Lesson sets and YouTube videos in conjunction with each other allows for students to learn a lesson at home, and then complete work and answer questions in class. Google Classroom allows for teachers to customize and try out a flipped classroom. Quizzes can even be added in after completion of a lesson to check a students understanding of the material.
  4. Students can use the website to stay organized and up to date with assignments and test dates. Since Google Classroom diminishes the need for paper handouts, students are not risking losing important work because it is all online for them to access.
  5. While there is not a live chat system, students can ask questions and comment on posts on the webpage. This opens up opportunities for collaborative learning outside of allocated classroom time.
  6. Students can allow post onto the classroom’s drive, which encourages the sharing of study notes come evaluation time, once again allowing for collaborative learning to take place.


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Cheat Sheet: StudyBlue


StudyBlue is an online flashcard site that allows you to quickly and efficiently create card decks that you can study and quiz yourself on. The site offers a way to organize the decks into categories (‘classes’ and ‘interests’), and also lets you search the StudyBlue database to find decks made by other users, and also share your notes with your classmates.

There are two main functions of the cards you put up on StudyBlue: You can review them (in card form or on a review sheet), or you can test your knowledge. Students can choose from several different question/answer formats such as multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank, as well as how many they are tested for. There is a progress graph that shows how much you have learned of the deck.

You can upload notes from your computer into StudyBlue so that instead of switching between screens, you can make cards on the spot. Excel spreadsheets can be immediately imported into flash cards, as long as they are in proper format.

These cards can also be read on your mobile device as well, provided that you have the app. Reviewing flashcards does not require internet, but editing them does.


Classes and Interests: By registering under the same school, class, and teacher as your classmates, you can all upload your notes into one database where others can review and quiz themselves on the material. You can even privately message each other, or invite students not on StudyBlue directly into the class.

Uploading Notes And Cards: In the database, you or your fellow classmates can register textbooks and study material for the course. Upload notes in any form to share with others, or create flashcards and quiz yourself using your classmate’s! Cards can be directly made on the site, made with notes as a reference, or converted from an Excel spreadsheet.

Review and Quizzes: There are three options you can choose between when studying a card deck. 1) Flip Card, the standard format where you look at one half of the card, try to guess the other half, then flip it over to see whether you are right or not. 2) Review Sheet, or all the info dumped onto something resembling a document, and 3) Take A Quiz, which is a calibration tool used to see how much you actually know.

Search: With the Search function, you can look around the gigantic database of StudyBlue to look for card decks with similar themes to whatever you are interested in. Take a peek and compare info with other people to make sure you have the right answer!

Video Tutorial

Resources from StudyBlue

Educational Uses

  1. Students can use it as a studying tool that can be accessed on mobile
  2. Teachers can use it to easily share material with students (generational learning)
  3. Students and teachers can collaborate to make efficient study
  4. Notes written by other people on same subject/textbook can be compared with yours


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Quizlet Cheat Sheet

Quizlet Overview 

Quizlet is an online study tool that allows users to create flashcards and tests, play study games, and share their information sets with others. It allows teachers to organize their revision resources in an electronic way, and the Quizlet Classroom gives them a presence with students outside of school. Using this website, students can participate in blended learning, and access studying materials made by teachers and peers from home. There are also apps available for iPhones, iPads and Android devices, as well as a Chrome extension to allow the user to take full advantage of the studying features. Ultimately, Quizlet’s mission is to make learning fun and engaging for users of all ages.

Features of Quizlet 

Creating Sets

The user can create their own study set with terms and definitions, or they can save time and find a premade set using the built-in search filters. Using the auto-define feature, the user can speed up the creating process and select definitions from other people’s sets. Content from any word processor can be imported directly into the set, and pictures can also be added for a more in-depth studying experience. All study sets can be printed in various flashcard formats.

Study and Game Modes

Quizlet offers six interactive studying modes including the basic Flashcards option, Learn, Speller, Test, Scatter, and Space Race. For high school students, Flashcards, Learn, and Space are particularly helpful. Flashcards are ideal for reviewing the material or consolidating it by listening to audio. The Learn tool allows the student to enter the definition based on the term (or vice versa), and is powerful for recall practice and tracking answer accuracy. Lastly, Space Race enhances quick retrieval by testing the user’s ability to type in terms/definitions as prompts scroll across the screen.

Organizational Features

Quizlet’s self-test features (Learn, Speller, Test, Space Race) monitor the user’s progress and record frequently missed concepts. Students can then “star” these terms (or any other ones they are having difficulty with), and study them separately. As well, study sets can be grouped into folders to allow for better organization and easier searching on the web. A bookmarking feature is available to save study sets created by other people.

Classroom Feature

Using the Quizlet Classroom, teachers and students can create a fun and educative space for their classes. A teacher can have full control over the material available in the group, and create flashcards for their students to use. Alternatively, the students can also be allowed to edit the content, and share their own sets to the Classroom. Classmates can compete against one another using the Top Scores feature available for Space Race and Scatter. A teacher who already has a Google Classroom set up can also easily link it with a Quizlet class, and invite their students directly from the Google Classroom.

Sharing Sets

Quizlet encourages students to study with one another. Using the Share feature, students can share their created study sets with friends through an existing Quizlet Classroom, Google Classroom, email, or through social media websites. Most sets on Quizlet are public and can be easily found by entering in keywords. However, sets can also be changed to be password protected, or only accessible through a direct link. There is also the option of making the set visible to only the creator.

Quizlet Plus & Quizlet Teacher

For the most part, Quizlet is a free online resource. However, upgrading to Quizlet Plus allows access to powerful bonus features such as voice recordings, uploading specific images, unlimited set creation, and an ad-free Quizlet experience. There is also the option of Quizlet Teacher for teachers, which provides a Class Progress feature to monitor where students are struggling, and unlimited class creation.



Information and Resources from Quizlet

Testimonials of Quizlet in Education…………………………………………………………………………………………………

Quizlet’s Quick Help…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………


Quick Start Guide for teachers…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Educator-Created Resources

How to Optimize Your Quizlet Teaching Experience……………………………………………………………………….

How Quizlet Makes Studying Fun………………………………………………………………………………………………..



Possible Educational Uses

1).Teachers can create flashcards and find previously made sets to share with students. This can reinforce content that has been taught and replace practice worksheets for test revision.

2). Students can study for assessments with peers by sharing folders personally or in a Quizlet Classroom.

3). Students can use Quizlet as a replacement for regular note-taking. They can type the key points onto flashcards and then share the set with the teacher if necessary.

4). Teachers can ensure that students are understanding the new material by testing or engaging students using the Quizlet studying modes.

5). Students can search for Quizlet sets and quiz themselves to expand their knowledge on a certain topic or subject. This incorporates Elaborative learning into the classroom.


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