Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Flash Cards for Studying & Vocabulary

I mentioned previously that Brandon will be using Konos for his 9th grade study of World History. Within Konos is an extensive list of vocabulary which the student is required to write down on an index card along with the definition.

There is a site where you or your student can create your own flashcards, Quizlet. Quizlet allows you to easily create flashcards or search the data base for flashcards others have created. There are some currently for the SAT, ACT and other standardized test. I wanted to try it out and was surprised to see that once I put in a word I could easily get the definition by selecting the button displayed under the word I typed.

Once your flashcards are created you can print them out, study them on the site or play games with them. The study option has two options, learn and test. Learning prompts the student with a definition and they type in the answer. Testing is similar except there are multiple chose and all the words/definitions are given at once.

The games section allows the student two gaming options, scatter and space race. In scatter students drag the word/definition to the matching one and it disappears, students can then try to beat their previous time. In space race students type in the word for the definition as it floats by.

Quizlets is free, but limited, for $10.00 a year you can create unlimited flashcards, add images from Flicker and more. You do have to create an account, but this allows you to view any set of flashcards you have created. Once flashcards have been created you do have an option to add or take away from them if you wish.

There are other flashcard web sites as well which a Google search will bring up.

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