Teacher Guest Post: Discovering StudyBlue

Editor’s Note: We’re honored to have a guest post from Daniel Rothrock, a teacher in the International Baccalaureate Program at Strawberry Crest, High School in Dover, FL. Daniel offers the perspective of a teacher who recently began using StudyBlue with his students.

Anyone who’s stopped and taken a deep breath knows that life is full of surprises. And in this case, I found a great surprise when I discovered StudyBlue. In all honesty, I can’t pin-point how I discovered the website. All that I know is that I did.

As an educator in the International Baccalaureate program here at Strawberry Crest HS (Dover, FL), I am constantly trying to find new ways that both engage and challenge my students. As competitive as our program is, our students are continually looking for the next studying technique to help boost grades and assist with their heavy schedules. And with Study Blue, many of their studying techniques are condensed into a central location which ultimately saves the student(s) time – making their education and study skills more efficient.

Thus far, here’s how I’ve used Study Blue in the class: After first discovering and practicing on Study Blue personally, I challenged the students to utilize the website on their upcoming assessment. I subdivided the class into small groups and asked that they only focus on a particular lesson of the chapter. Students could use their laptops to search for images, definitions, or any other topics that enhanced our particular discussion of the lesson. Afterwards, the students created their own flashcards on StudyBlue where they imported images and audio to enrich the flashcards. We spent our 90-minute block to begin the activity and then the students had several days to complete the process. At the end of the allotted time, everyone could share the flashcards with everyone else in the class. My statement to the class was, “If everyone does a little, we all gain a lot”.

The following week, I divided the class into different groups so that everyone was in a new pairing and could discuss a lesson of the chapter. We again used the laptops to bring up the flashcards as a class and start quizzing ourselves. Students were required to “screen-print” their scores after every turn and email the images to me as evidence of their studying. They had to go through all flashcards until they consecutively scored above a 90% at least 3 times. Once this was achieved, students were considered to have mastered the chapter.

In conclusion, technology will continue to become second-nature for our current and future generations. Websites such as Study Blue will help to revolutionize education as a whole. Subsequently, I have seen an increase of engagement of studying which has had a positive impact on student scores. Ultimately, that’s every teacher’s dream!

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