What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- academic development
- identifying strengths and weaknesses
Responsibility & Ethics
- making wise decisions
Engagement, Approach, Support
Creating and sharing packs of flashcards as well as viewing the many, many choices of flashcards can be interesting. Still, the design doesn't make for an overall highly engaging experience.
Depth of learning depends on how well kids learn from a flashcard-style interface. Creating their own cards to study can be empowering for kids and can familiarize them even more with the material.
Very little help on the app itself, and many parts of StudyDroid are not intuitive. New users should visit the tutorials on the website for help.
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?
Families can talk 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.