Tech of the Month: StudyBlueThis month’s installment of our Tech of the Month series falls just before Term 3 holidays, which we’ve mentioned is a critical time for Year 12 students. That’s why we’ve turned our attention to apps that can make studying simpler and more convenient for VCE and HSC students, beyond study aids such as Jacaranda’s very own studyON. This month, we’d like to introduce you to StudyBlue: a global, crowdsourced learning platform that provides a convenient, portable and environmentally friendly way for students to create and review flashcards. Students can make entire decks of cards at a time that they can later study in order to memorise the more simple concepts while studying, such as definitions.

While StudyBlue saves time, clutter and paper, the fact that it is crowdsourced—with more than 10 million users— is what makes it really exciting. Students can share notes, study cards and study guides, and effectively collaborate with others all around the world. They can search by subject or browse through the featured decks on the site to find notes related to what they need. Alternatively, students can simply make their own flashcards and share them with each other. For teachers, this collaborative way of learning can help students learn faster, stress less and maximise their free time so worth mentioning to students as an option to help with their studies.

StudyBlue is available as a free version or as a ‘premium’ subscription that unlocks more features. It’s available in app form from the Android or Apple stores so that students can study on the go. Give it a shot and let us know how it works for your classroom. Hopefully you’ll find cutting back on paper flashcards is not only good for the environment, but your students too.

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