How to integrate Anki into the classroom



Lesson Aims:

  • Make students consider and take notice of new words
  • Make learning of vocabulary more fun
  • Dedicate part of the lesson specifically to vocabulary

Curriculum Aims

  • Help students notice  how many unknown words and phrases they come across throughout the course
  • Help students learn and use new words and phrases
  • Create a randomised quiz of based on vocabulary used in class

Level: Up to advanced learners

Organisation: Individual, group or class

Age:  from  7-8+

Anki SRS is an application that uses spaced repetition to help users learn and keep information.

I’ve used it successfully for a Galician exam and complete a few  online courses in both English and Castilian.

Frustration at the pressure I see on students to learn pages of  vocabulary for Cambridge English exams and tests at school lead me try to integrate Anki into my classes.

I first experimented with traditional paper flashcards, Powerpoint presentations and finally Anki itself. I tried these approaches with pupils of all ages

I found that physical cards work best with pupils under 8 years old.

For pupils eight years old and above  Anki could be used to create quizzes that excite and encourage students.

Despite this, in my opinion and experience Anki should only be used to support lessons.

By taking a moment to put difficult words and phrases into Anki shows the student that I consider it a useful word.

Depending on the lesson plan for a class I could use Anki as a quiz at the beginning or end of a class. It all depended on if I wanted to motivate a class or begin to do something fun as their concentration spans ebbed.

Anki flash cards from previous classes would appear alongside words from earlier in the class.

I intend to write more about just how it’s possible use Anki in the classroom.

I also want to write about my reading into scientific research into how our memories work and why SRS works. All in in the coming weeks, but I wanted to first write a piece that would act as a background to all that.

Do you have any experience of using spaced repetition software in a classroom?

How would you use it?



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