Flashcards by Microsoft

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Build memory and recognition skills with a modern twist on the classic learning tool of flashcards. With Microsoft's Flashcards application, teachers and students alike can create, share and study flashcards online. Flashcards provides a unique experience for everyone, enabling students to learn at their own pace so they can build confidence and stay engaged. You can create your own decks, or use an existing deck from the community website. Teachers and parents can access student progress reports, and students can self test to get instant feedback.
Memory optimization using visual and auditory clues

Flashcards decks can have up to 300 cards, and each card can have any combination of text, image, and sound on the front and the back. To maximize learning, Flashcards helps students by providing visual and auditory clues, while keeping track of progress. It also matches the difficulty of the deck to each individual student using a memory optimization algorithm. Flashcards keeps track of how long it's been since the student saw the card, and whether the student knew it previously. It then uses this information to determine which card to show next.

Cards on the left side are ones you need to study, or that you have not seen yet.  Cards on the right side are the ones you know best.  Cards will move toward the right side of the timeline as you play and learn them better.  Over time, cards slowly move back to the left (since we all forget things as time goes on).

Ready to get started?  Use Review mode if you don't know the content at all;  otherwise, skip ahead to Study or Type It In modes.  (Study mode is based on the honor system, and Type It In checks the correct answer with what you typed in.)   It is all stored on a free web site, where it is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for both classroom and homework drills.

Flashcards by Microsoft makes memorization drills easier and more effective

  • Create unique flashcard decks
  • Access decks created by others on common topics
  • Review and study subjects at your own pace
  • Students can self-test or teachers can check a student’s progress
  • Access and print reports to verify learning
  • Change the order of the question and answer for confirmed knowledge
  • Type in the answer and verify your competence visually

System requirements

To play Flashcards

  • Operating System: Windows 7, Windows Vista; Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • Processor: Intel® Pentium® III 450MHz or faster processor (or equivalent)
  • 128MB of RAM
  • Silverlight 3 or higher
  • Web browser (Internet Explorer 8 or above)

To upload files to the Flashcards site

  • A sound editor for any audio (Microsoft recommends Audacity, a free, cross-platform sound editor)
  • A Silverlight-compatible MP3 encoder (Microsoft recommends the free LAME for Audacity MP3 Encoder)
  • The technical specifications of Silverlight-compatible MP3 files are:
    • Input: ISO/MPEG Layer-3 data stream
    • Channel configurations: mono, stereo
    • Sampling frequencies: 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, and 48 kHz
    • Bit rates: 8-320 kbps, variable bit rate
    • Limitations: "free format mode" (see ISO/IEC 11172-3, sub clause is not supported.
  • Flashcards was developed by Microsoft Education Labs. The Education Labs site is no longer live, but all of the prototype products formerly hosted there are now available through the Partners in Learning Network.


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