Monday, February 24, 2014

The other day Michael and Max from Cardkiwi contacted me about their digital flashcard website. I looked into this collaborative Web 2.0 tool and REALLY liked what was presented! Here is a little bit about Michael, Maxi and Cardkiwi:

We are two university students who built cardkiwi for ourselves at first. Max studies in Warwick (Management) and I study at LSE, University of London (Accounting with Law). It made no sense to us, that every student created flashcards individually. With social sharing being prevalent in almost all aspects of the web, we decided to bring social collaboration to flashcards. Students immediately understood the value: "I need flashcards for 10 chapters in my biology book ? If I invite 9 friends to collaborate with me, I only have to do 10 % of the work. Amazing !" 

The product should remain simple and pure. We want to reach young kids as well as university students. So far, this simplicity has solicited a very positive response. "The major perk of CardKiwi vs. Quizlet is the thumbs up, thumbs down, or thumbs sideways feature. It will displays cards with a thumbs down or sideways more often until you have all thumbs up in your set!"

Cardkiwi uses the spaced repetition algorithm, which increases recall rates by up to 50 %. The feedback thumbs, which are known in almost every culture, make the spaced repetition algorithm accessible to most age groups . If 1 billion students around the world are able to learn 50 % more in the same time period, what will happen ? 

Check out this quick video:

I can't wait to use this FREE website with teachers as they begin to review for the BIG state tests! What a great way to practice vocabulary at ALL levels.

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