Flashcard Factory - How the Game is Played

Flashcard Factory is a collaborative game in which students make flashcards to study from later.


Students work together to create example definitions or sentences for the new Terms. They also get to create illustrations to accompany the examples. You get to approve the final set of Flashcards that will be exported to Quizlet for future review and studying. You don't even need a Quizlet account!

What you Need to Play

  • A teacher computer to run the game
  • A projector for students to be able to see the factory (it's not totally necessary, but recommended)
  • Student Devices - students need their own computer, tablet, or phone to play

Steps of the Game

Launch the Flashcard Factory

  1. Go to Pear Deck Home and click on the Vocabulary List you want to use. Don't have a list yet? - Here's how to make one.
  2. Click Start Flashcard Factory.
  3. Hook your computer up to a projector so student can see the Flashcard Factory Floor.

Clock Students In

Follow the instructions on the screen to get students Clocked in. If you've used Pear Deck Slides before, it's exactly the same.

  1. Students go to joinpd.com.
  2. They log in with their Google Account.
  3. Then, they enter the Join Code on the projector screen.

  4. After everyone has logged in, click Clock in!

    If students come late, they can still join. The code will be displayed on the bottom of the screen throughout the game. 

Get in your Groups!

Students will be grouped into two teams - Day Shift and Night Shift. These two teams will compete against each other to get the most cards accepted into the final study set.

Within each team, students will be grouped into pairs. A student who joins after groups are formed will be working alone.

Ask students to find the members of their Group and sit next to them. If you need to change the groupings, you can click Shuffle Teams.

When you are ready, click Let's Play!

Production Phase

Now you are in production phase where students will create their Flashcards and submit for approval.

  1. Each group will be randomly assigned one of the Terms. One student in the group will be the Writer. They will be prompted to write an example sentence or definition of the term.The other student will be the Illustrator. They will be prompted to draw an image that corresponds to the sentence the Writer is writing. They must work together to make the best card.

    When they are both done, they will be able to review and submit.
  2. You will all be able to see the submitted cards tumble down the shoots and onto the conveyer belt.
  3. After a group submit a card, they will be assigned a new Term. If they were the Writer the last time, they will be the Illustrator this time.
  4. Whenever you are ready, you can move to the "Quality Control" Phase. You do not have to wait there are examples for each Term. If there is no example for a particular Term, it will still get its own Flashcard with the Term and Definition on it.

Note: We believe one of powerful aspects of Flashcard Factory is the discussion and debate that happens in the Quality Control Phase. For that reason, when Flashcard Factory is randomly assigning Terms to student groups, it will try to get two examples for the same term before it tries to get an example for every Term. So, for example, you might end up with two examples for Chromosomes before you get one example for nucleus.

Quality Control Phase

In this phase, you will review the cards and accept the ones that have good examples. You can do this phase on your own or with students. We recommend doing it with students when possible so student can discuss the ideas, understand misconceptions, and learn from each other.

  1. Click on a Card.
  2. Discuss and Debate. 
  3. You can click on another card with the same Term to compare and contrast different examples. You can accept or reject the cards. It's ok to accept more than one for the same Term.  If you reject all the examples, we will still put the Term and Definition on the final Flashcard, but there won't be an example on it.
  4. When you are done accepting, click "Shipping."

Shipping Phase

In the Shipping Phase, you can see which team, Day Shift or Night Shift, had the most cards accepted.  Then you can ship to Quizlet!

When you export, you'll get a link to your Flashcard Set that you can share with students. You can even set a password to keep the Set private.

Students will be able to see the cards and play any Quizlet game they choose

And that's it! You've played Flashcard Factory!

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