StudyDroid Flashcards

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Tricky user interface, iffy content in unpolished tool.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to memorize facts about many subjects via the flashcards created and shared on StudyDroid: Flashcards 2.0. Teens can search the website for flashcard packs on an almost endless supply of topics -- from anatomy to Spanish vocabulary, from astronomy to zoology -- created by others. They also can learn to create digital flashcards themselves on the app or the website, with images if desired, and sync them to their mobile devices. Once teens figure out the tricky user interface, StudyDroid is an OK tool for entering and studying flashcards -- but there are better options available.

Ease of Play

This app is not as easy to use as some other flashcard-based apps. The app's user interface isn't as intuitive as the website itself. The website-app connection is almost essential, which teens may not understand at first when downloading or paying for the app. Users likely will need to dig into the tutorials on the website to get a good grasp of the app. Once they understand how to use it, there are numerous settings to customize flashcards.

Violence

All flashcards are user-submitted and no oversight is suggested. Some of the online flashcard sets may reference violence or contain violent images.

Sex

All flashcards are user-submitted and no oversight is suggested. A few of the online flashcard sets reference sex, either in academic or simply lurid contexts.

Language

All flashcards are user-submitted and no oversight is suggested. Lots of swear words such as "s--t," "bitch," "f--k" used in titles of the flashcards.

Consumerism

The website (users have to use the website to get the full use of this app) contains prominent ads throughout. The free version of the app contains ads; the paid version does not. The Quiz feature is unavailable in the free version.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few of the user-submitted online flashcard sets reference drugs, but this is usually in an academic context.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that StudyDroid Flashcards 2.0 is the rather complicated companion app to the create-and-share flashcard website StudyDroid. Teens can search the website for flashcard packs on an almost endless supply of topics created by others. They also can create flashcards themselves on the app or the website (after they create a user account) -- with images, if desired -- sync, and review them. Any card mastered can be labeled "Known," and it moves to the back of the digital pack. A quiz feature is an option in the paid version of the app. All flashcard packs that users make for themselves default to public sharing, unless they activate the "private" setting, which means users can find flashcards on thousands of topics, not all appropriate for kids. The 2.0 version also links to other flashcard website/apps, such as Quizlet.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byHorselover117 November 12, 2013

What's it about?

Go to the StudyDroid website and register a user account and password before using the app. Then search for the pack of flashcards you want to study by keyword, or create your own flashcard pack. 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 cards you have as a list. When studying, tap "Known" for a card you've learned. Syncing is easy: just enter your username and password on your mobile device. StudyDroid Flashcards 2.0 provides fair flashcard practice.

Is it any good?

StudyDroid Flashcards 2.0 is an OK companion app to the StudyDroid website, but it's not as easy to use as some other flashcard-based apps -- or even as easy to use as its own website. The website-app connection is almost essential, which teens may not understand at first when downloading or paying for the app. New users likely will need to dig into the tutorials and FAQ on the website to get a good grasp of the app. Note: 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 kids use. StudyDroid's developer mentions in one of its website tutorial videos that a new user interface is in the works. Hopefully this will make the app a much greater asset to its companion website than it is at the time of this review.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Talk about how using digital flashcards may help with studying.

  • Talk to your teen about respecting the online community by using appropriate titles on the flashcard packs they share.

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