Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Flashcards

Thanks to Talip for his excellent workshop on using flashcards in and out of the classroom.

  • His technique of using a simple table in Excel to capture lexis during a lesson using the data projector is a great example of how easy it can be to meaningfully integrate technology into the classroom.  
  • However, it was a revelation when he showed how in an instant he could upload the words and definitions written by the students in class, to an online flashcard site (http://studystack.com) before the lesson finished.  


What was truly mind-boggling was how the students could use their smart phones as they walked to the canteen to download the flashcards just published from the classroom, and start using them on their phone before they had ordered coffee.

  • This is truly a glimpse into where technology is heading in terms of education and individualized learning.  
  • Makes me almost want to run out and buy a smart phone!  To whet your appetite, just watch the video below that illustrates the power and ease of use of flashcards on smart phones.  Thanks to Talip, we now know that we have this power at our fingertips in class, and how we can take just several clicks to move words we focus on from the keyboard in our classrooms to each individual student's smart phone in their hand.


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