Index Card Board

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Vicki Windman, Common Sense Media
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Easily create notes and flash cards; no paper clip needed!

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Educational Value

Kids can learn good study habits using Index Card Board. They will learn how to categorize and sequence their information using different boards that they create. Kids can change colors, use a variety of fonts, and add images either from the Web or their camera roll. For kids who are visual learners, they can learn to associate an image with a word using a photo they can relate to. Index Card Board is a simple study aid that can help kids store information and stay organized.

Ease of Play

Simply tap the file cabinet to open a new board. Add a title and then begin adding index cards. Once you tap a card, choose a color from the artist's palette, pick a font, and tap the image box to add a photo from a variety of libraries. If you want to use both sides of a card, double-tap it and it will flip to add an image or words to the other side.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Index Card Board is a card-making tool with many uses. Kids who struggle with organizational skills and need visual cues to help  them memorize vocabulary words may find it especially helpful because creating the cards is easy, and there's no stack of cards to lose. Kids can create cards using images from a gallery or their own camera roll, and they can share their cards in-app or via Dropbox.

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What's it about?

INDEX CARD BOARD takes the basics of flash cards and brings them alive with creativity. Kids can create their own flash cards by category and color, choosing their own fonts and images. Topics and uses are limitless, including vocabulary, foreign languages, math facts, science terms, and so on. Cards can be shuffled to randomize them for review. 

Is it any good?

Index Card Board is a great tool for kids to keep track of notes and study materials without having to worry about lost and/or disorganized cards. Creating cards is easy, and storing them on the device saves paper and backpack space. Having the ability to add images benefits kids who are visual learners, and typing is often easier than writing for kids with fine motor issues. One drawback is the lack of versatility in searching and sorting: If a kid needs to find a specific card among many, there's no easy way to do it. A few more organizational options would boost the app's usefulness.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about ways to use index cards for organization and study. How can index cards keep you organized? What projects are they especially good for?

  • With younger kids, create a set of cards together to show them the hows and whys of their utility.

  • For kids who struggle with organization, discuss how technology can help them. You can check out our tips and recommendations and see what works for your kid.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: collecting data, memorization
    Self-Direction: academic development, motivation, time management, working efficiently
    Tech Skills: digital creation
  • Price: $4.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: September 11, 2015
  • Category: Productivity
  • Size: 8.30 MB
  • Publisher: Wombat Apps LLC
  • Version: 1.2.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later

For kids who love to stay organized

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