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Monday, 1 October 2012

Flashcards - App Review


I guess flash cards are an old-fashioned concept. You know the thing, where you have a question on one side of a card and the answer on the other; it is a way to learn that has been practised for a very long time. This is the same idea but brought up to date.
The questions and answers are input on a PC and then used on your iOS device (or PC).  There are also masses of existing cards that are shared by the community (links below).

This App is useful whether you want to help your child learning maths, memorise capital cities, flags, foreign vocabulary... the possibilities are endless.

You can create cards from scratch, or use one of the 68.1 Million (no, I haven't counted them) Flashcards that are on the developer site (link at bottom).


Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
As iOS devices only have a screen on one side, the interface shows an upper and lower screen where the upper screen has the question and the lower part of the screen only shows the answer when you flick the page; very neat. You then score yourself as being correct and incorrect and Flashcards keeps score for you. There is the (very necessary) option to shuffle the cards; it becomes too easy otherwise. It really is very neat, although the application is designed for the iPhone so, on the iPad, the screen is filled by using the '2x' button.

Cost
The App is free, as is the developer site with access to all those existing cards. You are encouraged to contribute to cards available to others, and donations are graciously accepted.

Indispensability
It all depends on whether this method of learning suits you. If it does, it sure beats bits of paper.

Dependability
Never had a problem.

Security
The only App specific risk is that you share information on your cards that might be confidential... don't use this to remember PIN numbers and then share them with the world


ACIDS Test Rating:
If you use Flashcards, it's a must have App


To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.

You can get Flashcards here and support for the App here.

2 comments:

  1. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 1.20 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Bug fixes
    Auto-Flip (added in 1.19)
    Ability to restore unlimited flips

    ReplyDelete
  2. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 1.21 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Updates for iOS 7
    Fixed Bug w/ HTML Markup

    ReplyDelete

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