Here is a first attempt: a TinyCard deck for basic information on one of my teaching subjects, information systems – “IBIS Basics“. If you get it right, TinyCards reward you with a smiling face. If you complete a lesson, you get a golden smiling face. Simple enough but even after decades with smileys, it’s hard not to smile when someone smiles at you!
TinyCards work equally well on the smartphone (where I do all my verb drills for my Italian language learning) and on the desktop. If you need to type in a little more text (as in my example) then the desktop is perhaps better. For simple drills, the smartphone rocks.
I’ll be making a few more of these and wait to see what the students think!
Here is how the cards look during the “new card” phase when you learn simple content. As the deck creator, you can decide if one or both sides ought to be learnt.
The last image shows TinyCards on my smartphone: as you can see, there’re not only language quizzes – this morning, I learnt something about muscles. You can decide to publish your content privately (only for yourself or to be shared by link) or publicly for everyone to see and use.
Once you started a card deck, the app will also remind you to keep at it. The email lets you know what cards are up next to learn. Some people call this push-notification harassment, others like it (I rather like it).
Below is a video tutorial and review (5 min) by Richard Byrne that does a good job of explaining the details on how to create a set of cards yourself. As I am watching this, I wonder if it’s worth creating this for your own personal use. Perhaps not just for/by one person but students might collaborate on creating a card deck in a team or a study group – it’s that fast and simple.