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StudyBlue

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Super study concept has some privacy issues.

What parents need to know

Educational value

College students and older high school-age kids can learn organization, memorization, and study skills with any content they enter, from Shakespearean sonnets to S-curves and beyond. Decks are organized by school course and topic, and since they're user-created, quality varies. StudyBlue could be useful as a social studying tool, but it presents significant privacy issues for younger users.

Ease of play

The interface requires some thoughtful navigation, with pages layering on top of others, requiring swiping. Creating cards and reviewing them is easy and intuitive.

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A free version lets students create and review flash cards, and they can upgrade to a subscription.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that StudyBlue is a flash card-sharing app targeted at high school and college students. Email addresses and phone numbers are collected at registration, and public access to personal information can be set to include these as well as a physical address. The free version has relatively benign banner ads; an ad-free subscription to SB Pro is a pricey $9 per month or $30 per year but also includes some extra functionality. Although the interface looks clean, it isn't always functional and can be frustrating to use. If your kids use the app, take a close look at the privacy settings with them.

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What's it about?

STUDYBLUE is a flash card-creation and -sharing app targeted at high school and college students. Content syncs between the Web and mobile devices, which means you can create two-sided flash cards and study at home, at school, or on the go. The information you'd like to study can be viewed as a review sheet, a quiz, or a set of flip-through flash cards, and cards can include images as well as text. Students (or their teachers) can organize materials for multiple classes, set up study reminders, and share cards with classmates. When using StudyBlue, kids will see immediate feedback on how well they recalled the information.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The idea is a gem. Students are in control of how they study material and can collaborate easily with classmates within the app. Unfortunately, the quality of the content varies dramatically depending on the author. On the technical and design side, navigation can be confusing at first, with a lot of information layered upon more information. Once you get the hang of navigating, though, creating and reviewing cards is quite easy.

However, the potential for publicizing personal contact information is a concern, especially for high school students. Email addresses, school names, classes, and photos can be shared. Users can search by school name and easily pull up lists of classes with student names and email addresses. Privacy preferences seem to share information with everyone by default, making StudyBlue a questionable choice for younger users.

Families can talk about...

  • Have kids use a school-only email address, if possible, that restricts emails received to those within the school's domain.

  • Talk with your kids about the difference between memorization and critical thinking.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Kindle Fire
Subjects:Language & Reading: vocabulary
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: collecting data, memorization
Creativity: producing new content
Self-Direction: academic development, effort, identifying strengths and weaknesses, initiative, self-assessment, work to achieve goals
Communication: presenting
Price:Free; optional paid version
Pricing structure:Paid, Free
Subscription price:$19/month; $84/year for Pro version
Release date:September 3, 2014
Category:Education
Size:13.70 MB
Publisher:StudyBlue, Inc.
Version:8.1
Minimum software requirements:Requires Android 2.2 and up; iOS 6.0 or later

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Adult Written byalexisl September 23, 2015

A big let down

I can't tell you how many times I have had something ridiculous go wrong on this app, and on their website. Sometimes you get kicked off the website midstudy because there are too many people on. That's happened at least three times DURING THE SUMMER! I can't imagine what would account for such high volume of usage during those months. Then on multiple devices the spacebar wouldn't work for about three days! What am I supposed to do with that? I liked StudyBlue when I first got it and if they were more consistent I'd probably continue to use their services. But I can say that after this exam I'm going to find a different service for my studying needs.
Adult Written bycelysen November 17, 2013

Very good for study purposes

I just started using this app last month. You do have to create your own lists, but that's not hard. Not only is it an app, it is also a website that you can use to create the flashcards as well. I use the website to create and the app to study. Sometimes I use the website to study as well, it just depends where I'm at. I think this is a great way to study.
Adult Written byRobM 1 December 24, 2014

edit function not working

edit function not working on mobile app -- site not too user-friendly for feedback -- what does this tell you? + too expensive

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