A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
First choose the topic you're interested in learning on TINYCARDS -- FLASHCARDS BY DUOLINGO, and then tap on that icon for that topic. Lesson 1 will appear. Tap on that and the new card image to flip it and see the related word on the back. Study it, then swipe to go to the next card. If you already know it, tap "I already know this," and that information will be hidden from view. Even if you don't spell a word correctly when asking to type an answer, the app will recognize your intended response. Once you get through all the memorization exercises for cards on that level, new cards on that subject will appear and an icon will indicate that you completed a level. Making your own cards is as easy as creating an account, entering images (from the internet or your camera roll) and related words, then saving and sharing (optional) the deck.
Is it any good?
Memorization requires repetition, and getting kids to repeat much of anything requires it to be fun -- and this app is fun. The bright and unique images on Tinycards -- Flashcards by Duolingo and its ongoing changeups of how the material is presented keeps users on their toes and interested. This app tracks users' progress not in point totals but by actually changing the difficulty of the cards and switching to new cards. As you learn, the app adapts, and it's OK if you're not a great speller, which helps a kid focus on learning concepts first. It's very easy to make your own flash card deck, including images, and there's a wide variety of decks already available, with more being added all the time. Elementary school kids could definitely benefit from using the app, but because of the iffy user-generated decks, parents may want to supervise. A parent filter would definitely make it more versatile. Overall, it's a great way to memorize terms and concepts for free!
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what your kids may want to use with Tinycards -- Flashcards by Duolingo to help them learn. From Pokémon characters to nations of the world, there are so many subjects that memorization can help kids learn both in and out of school.
Talk about sharing information online and appropriate posting. Consider creating an email address that's only used for online/gaming profiles, especially for your kids.
If your kid is struggling to memorize what they're learning on this app, ask them what other low-tech ideas may help them learn a certain subject: Can they act out words with theatrics? Make a colorful, art-filled poster? Write a poem?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: naming, vocabulary
Science: animals, biology, chemistry, geology, life cycle, plants, rocks and minerals, substance properties
Social Studies: geography, global awareness, history
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, part-whole relationships
Creativity: producing new content
Self-Direction: academic development, effort
Tech Skills: digital creation
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: March 27, 2017
- Category: Education
- Size: 48.80 MB
- Publisher: Duolingo
- Version: 1.0.19
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.2 or later
For kids who love memorization and learning new concepts
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