Tiny Cards

Categories: Flashcards, Revision
Availability: Browser, iOS, Android
Uses: Revision, Reinforcement, Memory

What is it?
Tiny Cards is a flashcard app from the creators of the massively popular language learning app, DuoLingo. Despite the colourful, childlike graphics this app, like its predecessor, is a powerful tool for revision, reinforcement and memory in general. Tiny Cards aims to create a more motivating, engaging but still effective means of using flashcards and the app offers series of lessons and means of progression to increase motivation.

Flashcards generally use combinations of related information to help people learn quickly. The related information could be, for instance, an image and translation, an ailment and an associated cure, a country and its flag, etc. The possibilities are endless and the results are quite effective. Tiny Cards offers a library of public flashcards that can be used by anyone and you can also create your own set of flashcards to create your own lessons.

How can I use it?
Tiny Cards is primarily a study aid and can be used to increase retention and improve recall across any subject. You can create a set of flashcards on a particular topic as a formative assessment for your students or simply as a revision tool.

The process of creating flashcards is in itself extremely effective for retention and recall so you could suggest that your students create their own flashcard decks based on themes covered in class or topics for an exam.

To get started:
  • Go to https://tinycards.duolingo.com/ or download the app from the app store for your device.
    Log in or sign up using your Gmail, Facebook accounts or another email address
    • When you log in you will be asked if you are a teacher, student or other. This is largely a filtering tool for presenting you with relevant information
  • You can search the library of flashcard decks to start using the app straight away
  • The flashcards are presented as lessons and you can progress through these lessons to move from level to level.
  • Create your own flashcards by clicking the + button at the top of the screen
    • Give your flashcard deck a title (based on the theme) and choose a cover photo and description if you like
    • You will be prompted to add at least two cards. You can add an image, drawing or text to each side and on one side you can add an image and fact to provide more information
  • Click the cog icon to access the settings and make sure to set the privacy of your flashcard deck, if you want to make it public, private or accessible by a link
  • Click Create to create your flashcard deck

Why should I use it?
The use of flashcards is a common study technique requiring people to condense complex information into short, simple pieces that can be reviewed quickly. The repetitive nature of flashcards, particularly with this app, increases the potential for the information to be memorised and recalled later.

Tiny Cards structures lessons around the flashcard decks requiring users to first view a couple of the cards then complete more challenging activities like choosing the correct card from a group or typing the correct answer before including more flashcards and further challenges as they progress through the lessons and levels.

Tiny Cards uses active recall to improve retention of the information and it follows some of the techniques seen in DuoLingo. The inclusion of game mechanics such as levels and challenge increases the engagement and motivation and the structure allows you to review and recall the information somewhat effortlessly as you progress through the levels.

Top Tips
You don’t need to be logged into an account to browse the flashcard library in Tiny Cards so students can browse for relevant material. An account is required, however, to track your own progress or your students progress on one of your flashcard decks.

Tiny Cards provides regular notifications to remind you to practice, you can change this setting by clicking on your profile and going to notifications.

Where can I find it?
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