5 Questions for Andrew Cohen, founder of Brainscape

Do you consider yourself a dedicated flashcard user? If so, just how dedicated are you? Some people are satisfied simply using flashcards, knowing that they are an efficient study tool for a variety of learning. Others may try to get their friends hooked. Then there is Andrew Cohen, who went the extra step towards spreading the word about flashcards. Several years ago, the idea for Brainscape was born out of necessity: He needed a smart study tool that did not exist, so he created it. His intelligent flashcard software took off; six years after it was born Brainscape offers hundreds of decks on a wide variety of subjects that are being studied by over a million users across the globe on both web and mobile. Continue reading

Guest blog: Flashcard Learning with Children

This article was originally written by me as a guest post for EdGeeks, a great educational blog. Marisa Kaplan published it two weeks ago, you can see the article here. Check out the site for some great tips and thoughts on technology and education today.

Are you a parent? A teacher? An educator? Then I assume you are always on the lookout for new ways to teach and engage. Educational games and practices pop up constantly and it can be hard to weigh the benefits or to determine the right way to use a learning tool, simply because there is so much information out there and so many products vie for attention. On my blog I focus on flashcards, an area I know quite well, so why not take the time to help you untangle some of the web surrounding this study tool for you? Continue reading

Flashcards on Web and Mobile

Probably the greatest benefit of flashcards – as I have mentioned in previous articles – is the fact that they lend themselves to quick revision anywhere at any time. To make use of that, flashcards should be mobile. For the most part, paper flashcards already fulfill this requirement: A small stack can be carried in any purse or pocket without too much trouble. And voil√†, whenever you find yourself waiting in line, or with nothing to do on the ride home or waiting for your friend who’s always running late, you’ll have something engaging – and educational! – to fill your time. No better way to bridge a gap in your day. Continue reading

Teaching with Flashcards?

For many students, flashcards are an important and everyday part of the learning experience. As a teacher, you may be either a fan of using flashcards or more skeptical to the idea. The latter largely stems from misconceptions about the use of flashcards or a lack of truly knowing what to do with them in a classroom setting.

While they are not truly a means of instruction, flashcards can be utilized by teachers in a number of ways. One important factor to consider is that assigning flashcards to a learner can in fact be an encouragement to study later: If the material is readily available, why not take a quick look to brush up on the material? Below is a re-post of an article written for the Brainscape blog, which takes a closer look at some assumptions about flashcards and teaching. Read on to learn more.

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