Have you ever been studying for an exam, test, or quiz, and wondered what other people are studying? Have you ever wanted to be able to share your notes and study guides with another person and see what they have been studying as well? If you are anything like me, I always like to see what other people are doing when it comes to preparing for some sort of test or quiz. Why only study your flash cards when you can study everyone’s flash cards on a given topic? This short video briefly gives you the gist of what this tool is all about.
With StudyBlue you can create your own flash cards and study from your iPhone or iPad, computer, or Android phone whenever you want, no matter where you are. You can choose to quiz yourself, or look at your flash cards in the format of a review sheet. Another plus of using StudyBlue is that once you create your own flash cards, by default a ton of other flash cards on that topic will come up. These other flash cards have been created by other members of the StudyBlue community. The person has the choice to put only some, or all of the other related flashcards with their own collection if they wanted. The site is extremely user friendly- all you have to do is make an account with your name, school, and e-mail. Once you have done this you have created your “digital backpack”. Once your digital backpack has been created you can immediately start using the site by typing in the topic you want and either define it yourself, or you can scroll down and choose to view someone else’s deck. If you put your mouse over the card you can see a person who has made a deck of flashcards on the topic that you wrote and choose to add it to your own, edit it, or simply view it.
Other great features about study blue include free apps for your phone, or computer that sync with the site so the student is continually learning. In addition to this, StudyBlue marks your progress to makes sure you are learning- every time that you mark a card right or wrong the site keeps track for you so that you can check yourscores for feedback.
After reading Dorene Bates’ blogpost on StudyBlue I learned that there are other ways students and teachers can incorporate study blue into other new technology tools. Teachers can link to flashcards from any type of class website, Moodle, Blackboard, pretty much anything!
Using StudyBlue allows students to work together by sharing materials and resources. By sharing their information they can combine their efforts to gain perspectives on a a topic that they maybe didn’t have before. Viewing the flashcards that other students have made about the same topic could provide students with a new way to think about and remember the topic they’re studying. Overall, the possibilities that StudyBlue offers are endless when it comes to creating innovative and well constructed study guides. Teachers can use StudyBlue for tests by having the class create a study guide to ensure that they are focusing on the right material, and students can use it on their free time to make studying easier and more accessible. I definitely think that this is a great piece of technology to incorporate into learning inside and outside of the classroom. How do you think you’ll be able to use StudyBlue with your class? Have you used StudyBlue before? If so, have you found any good collections of flashcards?