Flashcards in education are incredibly versatile and can be used not only for a multitude of subjects but for any age. They are a great method of improving your retention while learning new subjects. The repeated utilization of flashcards from a school library or classroom makes them suitable for memorization especially for subjects such as mathematics. It is the perfect technique for improving associated.
Creativity in Flashcards:
Perhaps one the best aspects to flashcards is the inherit creativity. There are popular methods of using flashcards such as writing an equation on one side and the answer on the other, or a word in one language on one side and the corresponding word in another language on the other side. But there is no limit to how they can help. You can write a thought on one side with written bullet points and a corresponding photo or image on the other. Students and teachers can add colors to the cards to make them flashier or to symbolize something. For instance, a particular color on one side may indicate one language or one equation while the answer or result is written in another color.
For students, the biggest benefits to using flashcards include improving memory, association, mathematics, verbal, interaction, cognitive, listening, and more. For parents, the biggest benefits to using flashcards include having the tools to aid children with learning and exam prep. Families of all income levels can incorporate flashcards either by purchasing them or making them at home. If families make the flashcards at home, they reap additional benefits such as family interaction while the cards are being made. And of course using them at home increases family interaction too. For teachers, flashcards in education can help team students up in partners, so that each member can help the other and the students are forced to take turns. They can access the flashcards from a physical location such as the library of flashcards or from a virtual location such as an online centralized location like ProProfs. They also help teacher-directed study and enhanced learning. Teachers can create flashcards utilizing their imaginative teaching methodology and enjoy a creative outlet simultaneously.
There are many places to get flashcards in education. You can buy them in conjunction with particular course books or grade books, or buy them in sets at teaching stores. You can also make them yourself. You don’t have to be artistic to do this. You can copy pictures from clip art on Microsoft Word, or from the internet. The important thing is to ensure all of the photos you use are the same size and that you use different colors for different sets. For example, all math flashcards may be pink while all Language Arts cards may be blue. It is important to use paper that is thick enough that students cannot see through the cards. If you laminate them, they are easier to clean after small hands have played with them and they will last longer. The main advantage to making your own flashcards in education is that you can create sets to match your needs. You can create a set of flashcards to accompany a story book you are reading in class or a graded reader. You can also have students make them. Students can each draw one item from the current week’s vocabulary, for example, and that item can be mounted to the card to create the classroom set. You can test many skills with these cards. To help identification you can reveal a word and then cover the flashcard with another paper and slowly show it. The students then have to guess which card it is.
Sameer Bhatia is founder & CEO of ProProfs.com which is a leading provider of online learning tools for building, testing, and applying knowledge. Sameer has a background in technology with a Masters in Computer Science from USC (University Of Southern California) and is an ed-tech industry veteran.
Article publié pour la première fois le 11/11/2013