Ten Free Flashcard Sites to Flip Over

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The 21st century has been called the Age of Technology, but it might also be aptly dubbed the Age of Independent Learning. Online resources have made it possible for the motivated to learn just about anything online for free. Online learning can be scaled up to the level of taking entire college courses for free, or scaled down to make learning specific details easier.

Flashcards are one of the world’s oldest learning ‘technologies’ but, despite their simplicity, they can still often be an effective study tool. Now, though, you don’t have to amass a suitcase full of 3 x 5 cards . . . that upon graduation from college you may just not be able to bear to throwing out. (Though maybe I’m the only one who still has that suitcase stored away in a dark corner.)

At any rate, the following sites allow you to either generate your own flashcards or use flashcards created by other learners around the world. Learning anything from art history to the cell cycle has become easier! Visual learners are in luck as nearly all of these flashcard sites can incorporate images into personalized flashcards, and some even incorporate sound for the aural learners among us.
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Learning Activities: Put some fun into learning. Your students will thank you.

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Research shows that play is incredibly important for early childhood development. Elementary school classrooms often ring with student laughter. However, we sometimes need reminded that the “serious learning” conducted at the collegiate level doesn’t, by default, have to be seriously boring or superbly stressful. College learning can also be fun, entertaining and engaging. Students’ knowledge retention rates have been shown to increase when learning games are implemented in class (Barclay et al. 2011).  Students play games such as Portal 2, — arguably a physics learning game in itself — on their own time to unwind. And yet, a learning game doesn’t have to have spectacular graphics or complex game play to be fun and effective. For example, The Blood Typing Game does both! The following resources highlight several aspects of electronic learning activities for use both in and out of class. By all means, if you get excited, create your own game. Continue reading