Anyone who has learned a foreign language knows just how useful flashcards can be. So it’s easy to see that having flashcards on your smartphone is a fantastic idea. If teachers were to set up flashcards and share them with their students to use on their smartphones, that would just be too useful for words.
Today we’ll take a look at some of the better applications with flash cards for Android, which teachers could recommend to students for studying flashcards in their classes. There’s a number of applications out there, so if none of these take your fancy, there’s still plenty more free options to choose from.
When trying to decide which application to write the flashcards for, there’s a number of things to consider :
- How much information can you put on each card?
- Does it allow pictures, videos and URLs?
- How easy is it to write a new set of flashcards?
- Is there a web interface?
- How easy is it to backup your flashcards?
- How easily can students transfer those flashcards to another format which suits them better?
- Is there a client for iPhone, Android and Blackberry?
- Does this flashcard application keep track of your progress and show you the flashcards in an intelligent manner?
- How big is the application?
- Overall, how easy is the application to use?
StudyDroid is an easy-to-use flashcard application. You can get started very quickly making your own flashcards by clicking “add“. You can also make your own flashcards on your computer or you can browse the public flashcards at Studydroid to find something you like. When making your cards, it’s easy to change the text size or colour of the cards to make them more memorable.
GFlash+ is my personal favourite flashcard application for Android. I like that I can keep a Google document with the up-to-date flashcard information and occasionally re-sync the phone’s flashcards to the online version. All that’s required is to build (or import) a simple spreadsheet in Google Documents and share it with the email address firstname.lastname@example.org, thus sharing it publicly to all gFlash+ users.
The free version won’t allow URLs or embedded media, but it’s still very useful to have control over the public version of your original flashcards, since you can add to them or fix minor errors.
Kaka Flashcards lets you import public flashcards from Studystack or Quizlet easily via their application, from your SD card, using a QR code and many other ways. You can also quickly export your cards as .csv for later use or for use with other flashcard programs. It’s got a great interface and looks very professional. Cards are shown to learners according to the Leitner system.
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Do you use flashcard apps on your phone? What’s your app with flash cards for Android? Why? Let us know in the comments!
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