Showing posts with label Study Methods. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Study Methods. Show all posts

Thursday, November 7, 2013

How to Embed Quizlet Flashcards Into Wikispaces

Wikispaces recently added a Quizlet widget to the library of widgets that you can embed into your Wikispaces pages. Quizlet is a free flashcard service that anyone can use to create and share flashcards. Quizlet offers a massive library of flashcard sets created and shared by other users of the service. And now you can search for Quizlet flashcards, embed them into your wiki, and use four different study modes while those cards are embedded into your wiki. The screenshots below provide directions for adding Quizlet to your Wikispaces wiki.

(The directions assume that you already know the basics of creating and editing a page in Wikispaces. Click on the images to enlarge them).

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Students can choose from four study modes. The study modes are:
Scatter – Match words to their definitions.
Learn – Answer the questions, track your progress, and review the things you got wrong.
Flashcards – Simple flipping of flashcards from word/terms side to definition side..
Speller – Type in what you hear. This option is available in eighteen languages.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Headmagnet - Smarter Online Flashcards

Headmagnet is a free flashcard service that aims to improve the way people study with flashcards. As you study your flashcards Headmagnet tracks the flashcard items you know or don't know. Those statistics are then used to predict how long and how often you will remember an item from a flashcard.

Headmagnet provides three ways to study your flashcards; slideshow, self test, or normal test. In the slideshow you simply click through to see questions and answers on the same page. In self test you see one side of a flashcard then the other at your own pace. In the normal test the question side of your flashcards are shown and you have to type your answer.

Below is a video overview of Headmagnet.


Applications for Education
Headmagnet allows students to create their own flashcards and share flashcards with friends. Students can also browse public galleries of flashcards.

Headmagnet's progress tracking could help students focus their studying time for maximum information rentention.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
10 Places to Make and Find Flashcards Online
Five Ways to Build Your Own Educational Games

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Holiday Edition: 10 Places to Make and Find Flashcards

Believe it or not, I'm actually taking a couple of days off from going online. I know that not everyone celebrates the same holidays that I do so I am reposting some of the most popular posts of the last two years. This is one of them.

Flashcards are one of the simplest and most common ways to study for a test. Free Technology for Teachers has featured numerous flashcard resources in the past. Here are ten good places to create and find flashcards online.

1. Cramberry allows users to share flashcards with other users. After creating your flashcards you can contribute to a public gallery of flashcards. If you don't have time to make flashcards of your own, you can search for and study flashcards in the public gallery. To use the flashcards you will need to create a Cramberry account. For your students that have iPhones (none of my students have one) Cramberry now has an iPhone app called Flash-Me.

2. Flashcards created using Funnel Brain can include a "third side" to a flashcard. A side that contains the explanation for the answer to a question. In addition to text Funnel Brain flashcards can include videos, audio, and pictures. Under your videos and images you can type your question, answer, or explanation. Just as with many other flashcard services Funnel Brain flashcards can be shared with other users.

3. Ediscio is a little different from a lot of flashcard creation tools because Ediscio lets you build sets of flashcards individually or with the help of other Ediscio users. The other distinguishing feature of Ediscio is that flashcards can include images. (Ediscio is also featured in Twelve Essentials for Technology Integration).

4. Cobocards, like other flashcard services, allows you to create customized sets of flashcards. One of the key differences between Cobocards and other flashcard services is that Cobocards provides you with pdf copies of your flashcards that you can print to study offline. Of course, you can study also study your flashcards online.

5. Flashcard DB is one of the most well-designed free flashcard programs that I've seen on the web. Flashcard DB, like most flashcard programs, allows you to browse existing sets of flashcards or create your own custom set of flashcards. What makes Flashcard DB different from its competitors is the study methods that can be used with the flashcards. Flashcard DB allows students to study using the Leitner System or the Graded Space Repetition Method.

6. On Quizlet you can make your own flashcards or study from publicly shared sets of flashcards. Quizlet offers you the ability to study your cards in five different ways including playing a couple of games with your cards. When creating your flashcards you can enter information for each card individually or import information from a text document to be used in your card set. If you don't have the time to create your set of flashcards, browse the publicly shared flashcards.

7. Study Stack is one of the better review game creation tools that I've tried. Study Stack allows teachers and students to create flashcards, crossword puzzles, matching games, word searches, and other classic study games for any subject area. You can create a game using any type of numerical or text data. Once you're data is in your account, you can use that data to create multiple games.

8. On Muchobeets students can create their own customized "stack" of flashcards. For students preparing for a general exam like the SAT, Muchobeets has a good collection of publicly shared vocabulary flashcards. The Muchobeets service is very easy to use. If you want to make your own flashcards simply register with your email address and get started using the very intuitive flashcard creation template. No registration is required if you want to use the publicly shared stacks of flashcards.

9. Knowtes is a great resource for finding or making all kinds of flashcards. The Knowtes library is full of ready to use decks of flashcards covering subjects appropriate from Kindergarten through college. The option to download a library of flashcards is the best feature of the Knowtes program. Students who have laptops can download flashcards and use them to study without having to find an Internet connection. For example, in the district where I teach every middle school student is given a laptop, but many students do not have Internet access at home. Being able to download study tools is very useful for those students.

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Flashcard Flash is a handy little search engine designed for one purpose, helping you find sets of flashcards. Flashcard Flash was built using Google Custom Search. Flashcard Flash searches six different flashcard services including Flashcard DB, Quizlet, and Study Stack all of which I've previously reviewed and found to be excellent services.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Memorize - Studying With Flashcards & Diagrams

Memorize is a neat service that offers users the ability to create and study sets of flashcards. Memorize also gives users the option to create diagrams for studying.

The Memorize user interface is fairly intuitive. To study existing flashcard sets click memorize on the homepage. To create your own flashcards click "create" on the homepage. Creating flashcards is a simple matter of entering questions and answers into a chart. If you have a long set of questions and answers you can break up that set into multiple parts. For example, if you wanted your students to study the capitals of Europe you could break up the list into three parts that would appear in sequence according to a student's progress.

Finding diagrams to study and creating diagrams is not as obvious as locating the flashcard section of Memorize. Diagrams are buried at the bottom of the Memorize homepage. There is an existing collection of diagrams users can study or you can create your own. The diagrams are essentially matching games. Diagrams can be used for things like practicing identifying countries on a map or identifying types of plants.






















Applications for Education
Memorize could be a useful resource for students as they prepare for midterm exams, final exams, or any other test that requires recall of facts. The diagram option could be very useful for students taking a course like Anatomy to practice identification.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Five Ways to Build Your Own Educational Games
10 Places to Make and Find Flashcards Online

Sunday, July 19, 2009

10 Places to Make and Find Flashcards Online

Flashcards are one of the simplest and most common ways to study for a test. Free Technology for Teachers has featured numerous flashcard resources in the past. Here are ten good places to create and find flashcards online.

1. Cramberry allows users to share flashcards with other users. After creating your flashcards you can contribute to a public gallery of flashcards. If you don't have time to make flashcards of your own, you can search for and study flashcards in the public gallery. To use the flashcards you will need to create a Cramberry account. For your students that have iPhones (none of my students have one) Cramberry now has an iPhone app called Flash-Me.

2. Flashcards created using Funnel Brain can include a "third side" to a flashcard. A side that contains the explanation for the answer to a question. In addition to text Funnel Brain flashcards can include videos, audio, and pictures. Under your videos and images you can type your question, answer, or explanation. Just as with many other flashcard services Funnel Brain flashcards can be shared with other users.

3. Ediscio is a little different from a lot of flashcard creation tools because Ediscio lets you build sets of flashcards individually or with the help of other Ediscio users. The other distinguishing feature of Ediscio is that flashcards can include images. (Ediscio is also featured in Twelve Essentials for Technology Integration).

4. Cobocards, like other flashcard services, allows you to create customized sets of flashcards. One of the key differences between Cobocards and other flashcard services is that Cobocards provides you with pdf copies of your flashcards that you can print to study offline. Of course, you can study also study your flashcards online.

5. Flashcard DB is one of the most well-designed free flashcard programs that I've seen on the web. Flashcard DB, like most flashcard programs, allows you to browse existing sets of flashcards or create your own custom set of flashcards. What makes Flashcard DB different from its competitors is the study methods that can be used with the flashcards. Flashcard DB allows students to study using the Leitner System or the Graded Space Repetition Method.

6. On Quizlet you can make your own flashcards or study from publicly shared sets of flashcards. Quizlet offers you the ability to study your cards in five different ways including playing a couple of games with your cards. When creating your flashcards you can enter information for each card individually or import information from a text document to be used in your card set. If you don't have the time to create your set of flashcards, browse the publicly shared flashcards.

7. Study Stack is one of the better review game creation tools that I've tried. Study Stack allows teachers and students to create flashcards, crossword puzzles, matching games, word searches, and other classic study games for any subject area. You can create a game using any type of numerical or text data. Once you're data is in your account, you can use that data to create multiple games.

8. On Muchobeets students can create their own customized "stack" of flashcards. For students preparing for a general exam like the SAT, Muchobeets has a good collection of publicly shared vocabulary flashcards. The Muchobeets service is very easy to use. If you want to make your own flashcards simply register with your email address and get started using the very intuitive flashcard creation template. No registration is required if you want to use the publicly shared stacks of flashcards.

9. Knowtes is a great resource for finding or making all kinds of flashcards. The Knowtes library is full of ready to use decks of flashcards covering subjects appropriate from Kindergarten through college. The option to download a library of flashcards is the best feature of the Knowtes program. Students who have laptops can download flashcards and use them to study without having to find an Internet connection. For example, in the district where I teach every middle school student is given a laptop, but many students do not have Internet access at home. Being able to download study tools is very useful for those students.

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Flashcard Flash is a handy little search engine designed for one purpose, helping you find sets of flashcards. Flashcard Flash was built using Google Custom Search. Flashcard Flash searches six different flashcard services including Flashcard DB, Quizlet, and Study Stack all of which I've previously reviewed and found to be excellent services.

11. Please leave a comment with your suggested additions to this list.

StudyBlue - Collaborative Study Tools

Study Blue is a website for students to share and collaborate on the creation of study tools. High School and college students can share notes from class, create multi-media flashcards, email, and share calendars using Study Blue. Students can establish study groups or search for study groups already created on Study Blue. One of the better features of Study Blue is that students can use it by signing in with their Facebook login credentials. Students may forget the login information for a stand-alone website but they never forget their Facebook login information.

Applications for Education
Study Blue is a good tool for encouraging students to work and study together.
The Facebook sign-in option eliminates for most students the obstacle of "I forgot my password."

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Cobocards Create Flashcards to Use Online or Offline

Cobocards is the newest entry into the online flashcard market. Cobocards, like other flashcard services, allows you to create customized sets of flashcards. One of the key differences between Cobocards and other flashcard services is that Cobocards provides you with pdf copies of your flashcards that you can print to study offline. Of course, you can study also study your flashcards online. If you study your flashcards online, Cobocards will keep track of your results for you. If you would like to share your flashcards with a private group, like the students in your classroom, Cobocards allows you to do that too. Another of Cobocards' better features is a comprehensive set of video tutorials explaining all of the options and features that you can utilize.

The screenshot below shows the flashcard printing options offered by Cobocards.

















Applications for Education
Cobocards offers students and teachers the best of both worlds, an option for studying online and an option for studying offline. If you have students that don't have Internet access at home, creating Cobocards flashcards at school and the printing them to take home is an excellent alternative to online studying.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Ediscio - Collaboratively Create Flashcards
Flashcard Flash - Search for Flashcard Sets
Quizlet - Create and Share Flashcards

Friday, April 10, 2009

Cramberry Adds New Features - Search Flashcards

Cramberry, a free flashcard service that I reviewed in January, has recently released some improvements. Cramberry has always allowed users to share flashcards with other users, but now you can also contribute to a public gallery of flashcards. If you don't have time to make flashcards of your own, you can search for and study flashcards in the public gallery. To use the flashcards you will need to create a Cramberry account.

For your students that have iPhones (none of my students have one) Cramberry now has an iPhone app called Flash-Me.

There is a large selection of flashcard services on the Internet. Cramberry offers a good free product as do these other services; MuchoBeets, Study Stack, Knowtes, Ediscio, and Flashcard DB.

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Funnel Brain - Flashcards With Answer Explanations

There are many excellent flashcard services on the Internet today. Some of the better services offer collaboration tools for students to create and share flashcards. Other good services offer systems to help students focus on the flashcards that are the most difficult for them to learn. None of the flashcard services that I've tried have offered what Funnel Brain offers, space to include answer explanations.

Flashcards created using Funnel Brain can include a "third side" to a flashcard. A side that contains the explanation for the answer to a question. In addition to text Funnel Brain flashcards can include videos, audio, and pictures. Under your videos and images you can type your question, answer, or explanation. Just as with many other flashcard services Funnel Brain flashcards can be shared with other users.

Applications for Education
The option to include explanations on Funnel Brain flashcards means that you can develop flashcards for more difficult topics than can be covered using other flashcard systems.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Ediscio - Collaboratively Create Flashcards
Flashcard Flash - Search for Flashcards
Study Stack - Build Your Own Review Games


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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Shmoop Adds More Quality Content

Shmoop, a great provider of online Literature and History study guides has just announced the addition of twenty more great study guides. The new study guides cover topics in US History and Literature. The additions to the literature section includes guides for works by Melville, Hemingway, Wilde, Salinger, Eliot, and Shakespeare. The new additions to the history section include study guides for the Gilded Age and the development of labor unions.

To learn more about Shmoop please visit my original review of the service.

Applications for Education
I am really impressed by the quality of the content on Shmoop. Shmoop's literature guides provide good depth of information without providing so much depth that students would be tempted to just use the review guides instead of actually doing their assigned readings.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Build Your Own Review Games
Cramberry - Studying Made Easier With Flashcards
Flashcard Flash - Search for Flashcard Sets

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Ediscio - Collaboratively Create Flashcards

Ediscio is the latest online flashcard resource that I've come across in the last week. Ediscio is a little different from a lot of flashcard creation tools because Ediscio lets you build sets of flashcards individually or with the help of other Ediscio users. The other distinguishing feature of Ediscio is that flashcards can include images.

After creating an account, the process of creating flashcards is fairly easy. To create a set of flashcards, you first have to create what Ediscio calls a "card box." It is within the card box that you create each flashcard. If you would like to have other users create flashcards with you, you can invite them to be a part of your group. Like most good online flashcard systems, Ediscio provides you with data about your knowledge of the flashcards in your "card box."

Applications for Education
Ediscio could be used by an entire class to create a "card box" that all of the students can study. Not only does studying flashcards help students retain information, the process of creating flashcards also helps students learn. The option to include images in the flashcards makes Ediscio a good choice for students in courses that require the identification of items by sight.

Here are some other flashcard resources that may be of interest to you:
Study Tag
Flashcard Flash
Flashcard DB
Cramberry
Study Stack

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Study Tag - Win Trophies for Studying Online

Study Tag is a good resource for students to study and develop academic skills independently or collaboratively. Study Tag has a fun, motivating aspect for students, a virtual trophy room. Study Tag is organized by lessons and courses. At the end of each lesson and course students can test their knowledge. High scores are rewarded with online trophies that students can display in their Study Tag "trophy room."

If you can't find resources for the content you or you're students are studying, you can create your own lessons and courses on Study Tag. If you would like to have your students study together for your class, you can create private lessons and courses.

Applications for Education
A lot of the existing content on Study Tag seems to be designed at an elementary school and middle school level. However, because you can create your own lessons and courses on Study Tag, Study Tag can be used at any grade level. Winning and collecting Study Tag trophies may be a motivating factor to keep kids studying and developing skills on Study Tag.

Here are some related resources that might be of interest to you:
Study Stack - Build Your Own Review Games
Quizlet - Create and Share Flashcards

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

EduFire Flashcards - SAT Prep and More

EduFire is a tutoring service offering live video lessons. I didn't give EduFire much of a look in the past because it does charge students for the video lessons. I just took another look at EduFire and noticed that they do have a good selection of flashcards that students can access for free. There are many decks of flashcards designed for SAT and other standardized test preparation. Students can also access flashcards designed for developing and practicing foreign language comprehension.

Applications for Education
The EduFire flashcards, like most online flashcards, provide students with instant feedback by which they can gauge their knowledge of a subject. The SAT prep flashcards are worth sharing with students who are taking the SAT this spring.

Here are some related resources that might be of interest to you:
Flashcard Flash - Search Engine for Flashcards
Flashcard DB
Study Stack
Quizlet

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Flashcard Flash - Search for Flashcard Sets

Flashcard Flash is a handy little search engine designed for one purpose, helping you find sets of flashcards. Flashcard Flash was built using Google Custom Search. Flashcard Flash searches six different flashcard services including Flashcard DB, Quizlet, and Study Stack all of which I've previously reviewed and found to be excellent services.

Applications for Education
Flashcard Flash is a good service to try when you don't have the time to build a set flashcards. Students can use the service to find flashcards that will help them prepare for a test.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Free Online Flashcards with Spaced Repetition

Flashcard DB is one of the most well-designed free flashcard programs that I've seen on the web. Flashcard DB, like most flashcard programs, allows you to browse existing sets of flashcards or create your own custom set of flashcards. What makes Flashcard DB different from its competitors is the study methods that can be used with the flashcards. Flashcard DB allows students to study using the Leitner System or the Graded Space Repetition Method.

The Leitner System works by flashing the flashcards that a student doesn't remember more frequently than the flashcards that a student does remember. The image below diagrams the system.








The Graded Space Repetition Method works in a similar manner to the Leitner System. The difference between the Graded Space Method and the Leitner Sytem is that instead of a simple right or wrong system, in the Graded Space Method the student grades how well they think they know each flashcard. This gives a human input element to the frequency with which each flashcard appears.







Flashcard DB is a free service and registration require only a username, password, and an optional email address. There are currently more than 16,500 sets of flashcards on Flashcard DB.

Applications for Education
Flashcard DB provides students with two excellent study methods. Students can create their own flashcards or you could create a set a flashcard for students to study.

Here are some other flashcard services that may be of interest to you:
Muchobeets
Study Stack
Cramberry
Quizlet

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Quizlet - Create and Share Flashcards

Quizlet is an online flashcard making service that I recently discovered. On Quizlet you can make your own flashcards or study from publicly shared sets of flashcards. Quizlet offers you the ability to study your cards in five different ways including playing a couple of games with your cards. When creating your flashcards you can enter information for each card individually or import information from a text document to be used in your card set. If you don't have the time to create your set of flashcards, browse the publicly shared flashcards.

Quizlet users have a "dashboard" where they can track the flashcards they've made, public sets added to their collection, and track the flashcards they've studied. Quizlet also allows users to join study groups to share in the creation and studying of flashcards.

To learn more about using Quizlet, check out this short demo video.

Applications for Education
Quizlet's advantage over similar flashcard services is the option for student to play games using their sets of flashcards instead of just learning from rote memorization.

Unfortunately, because of some of the names of the public study groups on Quizlet I can't recommend having elementary or middle school students use Quizlet without direct supervision.

Here are some other flashcard creation tools you may want to consider using.
Knowtes
Muchobeets
Study Stack
Cramberry

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Cramberry - Studying Made Easy with Flashcards

Cramberry is a free flashcard creation service. Just as with similar services you have to input the items you wish to appear on your flashcards. Cramberry flashcard sets can be shared with other users. One feature that make Cramberry different from other flashcard services is Cramberry tracks which cards you answer correctly or incorrectly. This feature allows students to eliminate cards they know and focus on the ones they don't know.

Here are some other free flashcard services to consider along with Cramberry.
Muchobeets
Study Stack
Knowtes

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Study Stack - Build Your Own Review Games

Study Stack is one of the better review game creation tools that I've tried. Study Stack allows teachers and students to create flashcards, crossword puzzles, matching games, word searches, and other classic study games for any subject area. You can create a game using any type of numerical or text data. Once you're data is in your account, you can use that data to create multiple games. For example I used the same US Civil War information to create flashcards and a matching game. All of these games can be shared via email or embedded into your blog or website. I've embedded a stack of flashcards below the "applications for education."

Applications for Education
Study Stack provides a useful service for all teachers and students regardless of grade level or content area. You can have students create their own study games or you can create a game and post it on your classroom blog. The games can even be exported to iPods or Blackberries for students to study on the go.


Knowtes is a similar service that impressed me back in March.

More flashcards, word search, and hangman provided by StudyStack.com

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Free Online Flashcards

Muchobeets is a new online flashcard service. On Muchobeets students can create their own customized "stack" of flashcards. For students preparing for a general exam like the SAT, Muchobeets has a good collection of publicly shared vocabulary flashcards. The Muchobeets service is very easy to use. If you want to make your own flashcards simply register with your email address and get started using the very intuitive flashcard creation template. No registration is required if you want to use the publicly shared stacks of flashcards.

Applications for Education
Creating and studying from flashcards has long been a favored way for students to memorize basic facts and vocabulary. Flashcards are useful for young students learning basic addition and subtraction and flashcards are useful for older students preparing for the SAT and other vocabulary intensive tests. Muchobeets can be used as part of lesson plan in which students create their own stack of flashcards in preparation for a test.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Skoogo - Information Networking

Skoogo is a new web 2.o utility for finding and sharing academic information. Skoogo could also be described as crowd-sourced homework help. Skoogo users can ask questions or offer responses to questions asked by others. If you find someone that is particularly helpful you can add them to your network. Skoogo refers to itself as an information network not a social network, but it definitely does have elements of social networking. Users can list the courses they are taking in order to connect with other users studying the same topic. Skoogo users can search for questions and information by tag word or simply ask a question for other Skoogo users to answer.

Applications for Education
Skoogo is an interesting concept for high school students. Skoogo can be used for finding others struggling with the same topic or to find someone who can help with a problem. Students could use Skoogo to build a study network with other students studying the same content.