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Students can use the StudyBlue app to search, create, and study flashcards and notes with their iPads. Students can make and edit flashcards on their iPads using text, audio, and images. The StudyBlue iPad app also enables students to re-study concepts they’ve not yet mastered, using Study Filters to personalize the process.
Quality and Effectiveness: StudyBlue is the perfect app to teach and learn vocabulary for any subject and any grade, including graduate school. Students simply sync their information to the StudyBlue Web site from their iPad or iPhone.
Ease of Use: The best part of StudyBlue is its ease of use. Users can enter their own vocabulary words, using audio, images, or text. The app also has a supplementary Web site.
Creative Use of Technology: StudyBlue is unique because of its cloud-syncing capabilities. This makes it convenient to access the student’s profile from any device. The ability to use audio or images to help understand a word helps to differentiate instruction. Students can also increase their vocabulary using the search key. By entering a term, students can access vocabulary lists created by other students and teachers. Students can also study their words using a built-in review sheet, which lets students “flip” a card over to check if they got the word correct. After completing the review list, students see their scores and can review the words they got wrong.
Suitability for Use in a School Environment: Throw away those vocabulary workbooks and use StudyBlue to enter your words either on your iOS device or right on the Web. Teachers can make weekly vocabulary lists on the Web for their classes, and they can cross the curriculum to build words that include math, science, and social studies vocabulary. As schools prepare for the Common Core Standards, which require vocabulary acquisition for all grades, StudyBlue is the perfect app to meet these standards.
• Ease of use.
• Ability to differentiate learning skills.
• Meets the Vocabulary Acquisition standards for the Common Core Standards.