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FlipCards - Flashcard app for memory training

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Useful study tool's online database has some iffy content.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Users can create sets flashcards by typing in text or selecting images from their camera roll (spell-check does not apply to text). Tutorials explain the purpose of flashcards, how to create and edit them within the app, and how to utilize Quizlet, a website and app where users share flashcards and quizzes. Creating an initial flashcard set is quite simple, but adding and reordering cards requires a few extra steps. Users with an Internet connection can easily search for and download flashcard sets from Quizlet (although the displayed dates when sets were last edited are incorrect), and they can also easily upload their own sets to Quizlet.

Violence

Some of the online flashcard sets may reference violence or contain violent images.

Sex

A few of the online flashcard sets reference sex or contain sexual images, either in academic or lurid contexts.

Language

Some user-submitted online flashcard sets contain swear words such as "s--t," "bitch," etc. A few words, such as "f--k," are automatically represented as ****. These words are often used in the title of the flashcard set to insult a teacher or assignment.

Consumerism

A link from the main menu contains a link to the developer's website and a link to rate the app.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some of the user-submitted online flashcard sets reference drugs, including with some photos, but this is usually in an academic context.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that FlipCards - Flashcard app for memory training is a fine app for creating flashcards but gives kids access to Quizlet, a public online database of user-submitted flashcard sets that contains some mature content and language. Within the app, kids can create flashcard sets by typing in text or adding images from their camera roll. Kids can view their sets for practice or share the sets by email or on Facebook or Quizlet. Kids can also search for and download flashcard sets created by other users on Quizlet. Quizlet has an educational purpose, and there is a mechanism to flag flashcards as inappropriate on the website, but there are still a fair number of sets that contain mature images and offensive language (often directed at assignments or teachers).

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What's it about?

From the menu, teens and tweens can tap "My flipcards" to see nine sample flashcard sets including a set that gives basic instructions on using the app. If they tap the + button, they can create a new set or download one from the millions available in the online Quizlet database. The flashcard editor allows users to add text and images to both sides of the card. Teens and tweens tap a card to flip it and swipe the screen to move to the next card. The pro version of the app also has a test feature to help users check their learning.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

For a free app, FLIPCARDS is a quite useful flashcard tool. The flashcards created within the app are quite lovely, with bright colors and text and your own photos to keep things interesting. Creating and editing the flashcards and navigating around the app is not always intuitive, but viewing them is simple and fun.

The integration with Quizlet is a mixed bag. Access to the flashcard sets on Quizlet has a high potential for learning, but also for exposure to inappropriate and inaccurate content. In addition, while some of the features included on the Quizlet site are available here, such as sorting search results by most studied, alphabetical, or most recently added, others are missing -- like the ability to browse by category or transform flashcards into quizzes and test yourself. Users interested in additional functionality can check out the pro version of the app.

Families can talk about...

  • If your kids choose to download flashcards from Quizlet, help them search for accurate and appropriate sets to study.

  • Encourage your kids to create their own flashcard sets and include images. Visuals help learners make more lasting connections to new words and concepts.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:July 14, 2012
Category:Education
Size:12.10 MB
Publisher:NOMTEK
Version:1.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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