Hey, Mac users! Need to make flash cards

Hey, Mac users! Need to make flash cards

Summary: I stumbled across a free, open source program today that makes creating flash cards incredibly easy. I was looking because I had a meeting today with some members of our middle school math department who were looking for new ways of reinforcing math facts, given that all too many kids in even the 7th and 8th grades struggle with simple operations.

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I stumbled across a free, open source program today that makes creating flash cards incredibly easy. I was looking because I had a meeting today with some members of our middle school math department who were looking for new ways of reinforcing math facts, given that all too many kids in even the 7th and 8th grades struggle with simple operations.

We have some software that can reinforce basic math skills, but really the teachers were just looking for the best way to help kids improve their automaticity and memorize simple math facts. Flash cards are an obvious choice. With Alex Rose's flash card application, students and teachers can easily create such cards to be administered on the computer (or projected to a class).

I won't belabor the details of the application. However, by way of summary, it's Mac OX 10.5+ only, it's free, it's a fast download, and it's easy. It certainly isn't the only application of its kind out there and there are others that are cross platform. This one happened to meet a need I identified today and I wanted to share it with anyone who happened to be running a Mac platform and wanted to create speedy formative assessments or memorization tools for any subject.

Topics: Apple, Hardware

Christopher Dawson

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  • An alternative...

    There is also Cram.

    Cram is a little different as it also creates tests for you and times you on your tests.

    It has other features but there are more details at www.simpleleap.com/cram/mac.htm .

    It's also a free download.
    ashlinorton
    • Cram

      On the website, it looks like it is $29.99 until 7/10, the free
      download is a limited version.
      levinson
  • RE: Hey, Mac users! Need to make flash cards

    There is also Quizlet (http://quizlet.com/) which is an
    online solution. Quizlet offers many sets of user created
    flashcards on multiple subjects plus creation and sharing
    of custom sets. The solution even offers a easy
    connection point to share your sets with your friends on
    facebook.
    TempeEducator
  • RE: Hey, Mac users! Need to make flash cards

    Try another quizlet like solution: http://www.gflashcards.com. Support web, iPhone & Mac. Cloud sync, font format, image, audio. It's good for me to study flashcards.
    jollbee