Flashcards Maker Pro

 

Learning(i)

No-frills flashcard tool requires a lot of setup.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

It's not difficult to use the flashcards, which is the part of the app kids will use, but creating them requires a lot of setup. The developer's website includes helpful tips and information.

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Privacy & safety

The developer does not provide a privacy policy on the website for the app.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Flashcards Maker Pro is going to require quite a bit of setup work for them upfront. They'll have to personally create the flashcards they want their kids to review. Still, the possibilities are endless, as parents can create different decks for whatever topics they want to cover with any kid of any age.

What kids can learn

Skills

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • working efficiently

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Low-tech flashcards just aren't very exciting, and the lack of graphics is a killer.

Learning Approach

Memorization is not a higher-level thinking skill, but sure, it's necessary in many subject areas. 

Support

The developer's website includes tips for creating flashcards, and the help sections explain creating and playing in detail.

What kids can learn

Skills

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • working efficiently

Kids can learn to memorize facts and recall them quickly using flashcards. Exactly what they learn will depend on the content covered in the cards, but kids can learn how they learn (for example, whether flashcards help them or not with memorization) and can add flashcards to their toolboxes to use with lifelong learning. Flashcards don't fit with every learning style, though, and kids may find reviewing flashcards boring. Flashcards Maker Pro requires a bit of an investment -- in app price and time -- for a not-so-engaging return.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

Instead of writing on 3x5 cards, parents or older kids can create their own flashcards to review on their Android devices. Kids swipe through the cards or scroll down to see the answers, and they can tap to hear words read aloud, even in other languages. Create cards and decks in the editor mode, and review them in the player mode. The number of cards and decks that can be created is unlimited, so this is an app that could be used for many years by many people for many subject areas.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Creating the flashcards is simple but requires some effort upfront, just as creating paper flashcards would. FLASHCARDS MAKER PRO does have text-to-speech capabilities, so it also reads the text of the card -- both question and answer aloud. It can read words in other languages, with accents, too, though the voices are pretty robotic sounding. Kids can swipe to change cards or tap to hear the words read. Shaking the device hides that card from the deck, but the shaking sensor is pretty sensitive. There's no graphics capability, so kids can only review words, and it's not the most exciting way to review information.

Families can talk about...

  • Parents can create cards for younger kids for any memorization content area. Experiment with traditional flashcards to see if they work for your kid's learning style.

  • Parents can encourage older kids to create their own flashcards. The process of creating the cards will help in the memorization of the information.

App details

Devices:Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$4.95
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:February 4, 2013
Category:Education
Size:0.50 MB
Publisher:Great White Software
Version:3.4.0
Minimum software requirements:Android 2.2 and up

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