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Play the Flashcard Factory Game


The Flashcard Factory is a collaborative game in which students create their own flashcards. Students write definitions and draw illustrations for the terms you provide. You and your class get to approve the final set of Flashcards, then export the cards to Quizlet for future studying and review. You don't even need a Quizlet account!

Please note: Pear Deck Vocabulary and the Flashcard Factory are only available for users who log in with Google at this time.

What you need to play

  • A computer to run the game.
  • A projector to display your screen so that students can see the factory (it's not totally necessary, but recommended).
  • Student Devices. Students need their own computer, tablet, or phone to play.
  • Both teacher and students need a Google account to log in.

Steps of the Game

Step One: Teacher launches the Flashcard Factory

  1. Go to Pear Deck Home. Open a saved Vocabulary List from Drive or start a new one.
Home, open a new or saved vocab list, red arrows

2. In the new window, click Start Flashcard Factory. Or, click Edit to make changes to your List before playing.

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3. Hook your computer up to a projector so students can see the Flashcard Factory Floor during the game.

Step Two: Students clock into the Factory

Students join the game by following the instructions on the Join Screen. If you've used Pear Deck Slides before, this is exactly the same process! Here's how students join:

  1. Go to joinpd.com.
  2. Enter the five-letter Join Code from your Projector View.
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3. Sign in with their Google accounts.

4. Once everyone has joined, go back to the Projector View and click Clock in! If students come late, they can still join. The Join Code is displayed on the bottom of the screen throughout the game.

Step Three: Students get into groups

1. Students are automatically assigned to pairs that correspond to the Day Shift and Night Shift. Ask students to find their partners and/or members of their Group and sit next to them (just keep in mind that during the game, students create cards with their partner only). You can change the pairings and groupings randomly by clicking Shuffle Teams. The two teams will compete to get the most cards approved for the final study set.

Please note: students who join after groups are formed will be assigned to work on cards alone.

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2. When you're ready to start, click Let's Play!

Step Four: Students work in the Production Phase

Now you're in Production Phase, where students create their own Flashcards and submit them for approval.

1. The terms from your List will be randomly assigned to students in the Student View. One student in the pair will be assigned to the task of writer. The writer will be prompted to write an example sentence or definition (depending on whether you provided definitions in the List) for the term. The other student will be the illustrator. This student 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.

2. When both students are done, they'll be able to review and submit.

3. On the Projector View, you can see the cards tumble down the shoots and onto the conveyer belt as they are submitted.

4. After a pair submits a card, they'll be assigned a new term. The roles switch, too, so student who was the writer the last time becomes the illustrator this time, and vice versa.

5. When you're ready to start evaluating cards, click on the Quality Control button. You do not have to wait until there are examples for each term. If there is no example for a particular term, it will still get its own Flashcard, with just the term and definition, when you publish cards to Quizlet later. You can also reopen the Session and let students work on those cards later.

Step Five: Quality Control Phase

We believe one of the more 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 in the Production Phase (above), 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.

In this phase, you get to review the cards and accept the ones you want to include in the final study set. You can do this phase on your own or with students. We recommend doing it with students whenever possible so they can discuss the ideas, understand misconceptions, and learn from each other.

  1. Click on a card thumbnail to open it in the main window. Discuss and debate.
  2. Feel free to click on another card with the same term to compare and contrast different examples. You can accept or reject the cards. It's okay to accept more than one card for the same term. If you reject all of the examples for a particular term, we'll still put the term and definition on the final flashcard, but there won't be an example on it.

3. When you are done, click Shipping.

Step Six: The teacher ships the cards to Quizlet

1. In the Shipping Phase, you can see which team, Day Shift or Night Shift, had the most cards accepted. Ship the cards to Quizlet by clicking Export to Quizlet.

2. When you export, a new window opens with a link to your Flashcard Set that you can share with students. You can even set a password to keep the set private.

3. Students can click on the link to see the cards and play any Quizlet review game they choose. Remember, neither you nor the students need a Quizlet account to do this!

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