I have been trying to get away from the painful process of handing out flashcards to students this year (yes, I know they should make their own). In an effort to embrace mobile technology I turned to the flashcard site StudyBlue – after trialling several alternatives. I was impressed with their simple but effective site and the quality of their own iPad, iPhone and Android apps. It took me a while to get going and the site isn’t without its issues, but hidden somewhere beneath is a potential gem of a revision tool – and it’s free.
I began by searching for a collection of Grade C Revision Cards and settled on this TES Maths Resource as it was handily divided up into the different strands of the curriculum. After creating an account and linking it to my school, I made four sets of flashcards in my StudyBlue ‘backpack’ based on the resource above – you will have to create an account to view the flashcards hyperlinked below. Click on ‘Flip Flashcards’ to (hopefully) be impressed.
These flashcards are all housed in a ‘GCSE FOUNDATION MATHS’ class I set up, which has a class code that students can use to access the materials when they sign up. Alternatively, you can just search for flashcards by topic or email invites to individuals. The site keeps a track of results, flashcards you are struggling with and will chart your progress.
Which is all good. But the fact that it can be accessed from the large majority of mobile apps including whilst offline, is my favourite part. iPad user? Get the studyblue ipad app, register, search for GCSE Maths and away you go…if you’ve already connected to the class then all of your revision materials will already be there for you.
I will be fine tuning the resources before rolling them out shortly. In the meantime, I’d be very keen to hear what you think. Here is a little guide to using StudyBlue for any interested parties. StudyBlue allows students to create their own flashcards and can also create content based on your Evernote notes, but I haven’t got that far yet…