Microsoft Flashcards

image Well, Microsoft Education Labs have come up with another terrific tool for Teachers and students. It’s called Flashcards. They describe it like this:

Flashcards is a Silverlight web application where you can create, share, and study online flashcards.  Find a deck in the community, or create your own.  Decks can have up to 300 cards, and each card can have any combination of text, image, and sound on the front and the back.  Start with Review mode if you don’t know the content at all.  Otherwise, skip ahead to Study or Type It In modes.  Study mode is based on the honor system, and Type It In checks the correct answer with what you typed in.  Want a challenge?  Try swapping fronts and backs then studying again.

Flashcards provides a unique experience for each learner.  We keep track of how long it’s been since you’ve seen each card, and whether or not you knew it.  Then we use our memory optimization algorithm to determine which card to show you next.  You’ll see the cards in a different order than your friend, since the order is optimized for you.  And it’s all stored on the server, so if you start studying from another computer, you’ll pick up where you left off.  Want to learn more about how the algorithm works?  Read our whitepaper (on the right). 

If teachers, tutors, or parents want to track a student’s progress, have the student print a report of their progress in a specific study session.  If you want to see how you’re doing across sessions, take a look at the timeline on the bottom of the Study screen.  Cards on the left side are ones you need to study, or you haven’t seen yet.  Cards on the right side are the ones you know best.  Watch the cards move toward the right side of the timeline as you play and learn them better.  Over time, cards slowly move back to the left (since we all forget things as time goes on).  If it’s been a long time since you’ve seen a card and you get it right again, it gets bumped even further, since you haven’t forgotten it. 

Remember, this is a prototype, so don’t forget to give us feedback.  Let us know what you like, what you don’t like, what’s missing, and what you want us to change.  Use the discussion boards below or email us at eluserfb@microsoft.com.  Thanks for checking it out!

Just go HERE, create your user name and you’re up and running. You will need SilverLight 3 in order to use flashcards

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