Common Sense Review
Updated March 2013

StudyDroid Flashcards

Unpolished flashcard tool provides decent practice
Common Sense Rating 2
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 3
Pros
Flashcards are available on almost every high school-level (and beyond) subject.
Cons
Using this app can be confusing at first, jumping back and forth between the website and app isn't ideal, and user-created content may have iffy info.
Bottom Line
Once students figure out the tricky user interface, it's a decent tool for entering, finding, and studying flashcards.
Dana Villamagna
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 2
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 2

Creating and sharing packs of flashcards as well as viewing the many, many choices of flashcards can be interesting. Still, the design doesn't make for an overall highly engaging experience.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 2

Depth of learning depends on how well kids learn from a flashcard-style interface. Creating their own cards to study can be empowering for kids and can familiarize them even more with the material.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 2

Very little help on the app itself, and many parts of StudyDroid are not intuitive. New users should visit the tutorials on the website for help.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

In the classroom, StudyDroid Flashcards 2.0 may be a way for teachers or students to create and share packs of flashcards to study for upcoming tests and prep for standardized tests or college entrance exams. Students with Facebook accounts and StudyDroid accounts can use the link on the StudyDroid website to access one another's packs.

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What's It Like?

StudyDroid Flashcards 2.0 is the companion app to the create-and-share flashcard website StudyDroid (www.StudyDroid.com). You can search the website (which contains ads) for flashcard packs -- created by other users -- on an almost endless supply of topics. Create flashcards yourself on the app or the website, add images if you want, and sync and review them; you'll just have to set up a username and password account on the website first. Note: All flashcard packs that users make default to public sharing, unless you activate the "private" setting. This means you can find flashcards on thousands of subjects -- not all appropriate for kids, and some that include titles with swearing or inappropriate language. Tap on the "+" to add a new pack on your mobile device or sync packs from the website. Give the pack a name, add new cards, or view the ones you have as a list. When studying, tap "known" for a card you've learned. Syncing is easy; simply enter username and password on your mobile device.

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Is It Good For Learning?

As kids study with the digital flashcards, any card they master can be labeled "known," and it moves to the back of the digital pack, letting them focus on cards they're still learning. A quiz feature is an option on the paid version of the app. (The 2.0 version of this app also links to other flashcard websites/apps, such as Quizlet.) Otherwise, it's your standard flashcard fare.

A word of warning: StudyDroid mentions in its Terms of Use that it doesn't guarantee that any of the material on these user-generated flashcards is "accurate, complete, or current," so be sure to double-check the accuracy of the information on the flashcards your students use to study from this source. Also, StudyDroid developers have mentioned that a new user interface is in the works; that would be great and will hopefully make this app a better complement to its companion website than it is right now.

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