There are an incredible number of free sites where you can create and study flashcards online.
In reviewing many of them, I looked at this criteria:
* Is it available free-of-charge?
* Is it easy to use?
* Does it provide some “value added benefit” (besides just sticking a word on one side and a definition on the other of a virtual card) that would make it particularly accessble and engaging to English Language Learners and others?
I was only able to find three sites that met this criteria, and they’re the ones that made this “The Best…” list.
Here are my picks for The Best Tools TO Make Online Flashcards:
Study Stack: The online flashcards are indeed very basic (and very easy for both students and teachers to create). However, in addition to flashcards, you can also make hangman games, word searches, and many more activities. In fact, it’s also on The Best Sites For Making Crossword Puzzles & Hangman Games list.
Quizlet is another addition to this list. In addition to letting you create and study flashcards, it also lets you study the words in “game” forms. They’ve recently added audio to the flashcards you make. A fairly human-sounding computer-generated voice provides the sound at a click of the audio button. It’s definitely a nice addition. Quizlet for learners: a step-by-step guide is by Lizzie Pinnard, and is excellent.
Memorize.com is not fancy at all, and it’s more complicated than most other online flashcard sites to create anything more than a rudimentary mini-flashcard system. However, it is very easy to make-up a simple series of flashcards and, most importantly, you can do so without having to register.
You might also be interested in Are Flashcards an Effective Learning Tool?, an infographic from Voxy.
Brainscape lets you add images and allows you to record sound simply by clicking on the “Advanced Editor.” It’s easy to add both, and those features make Brainscape stand out a bit from some of the other sites out there. (Mariana Mendoza tells me that they have now removed this option, however).
ExamTime is sort of a flashcard site on steroids that provides a number of other tools, too.
Flashcards in the Classroom: Ten Lesson Ideas is from ELT Experiences.
Flash Card, Math and Organizer Apps for the 21st Century Student is from The New York Times.
Flip To Mind is a new tool for creating online flash cards and using them to study.
Memo Stack is a new tool for creating and studying online flash cards.
Simple Cards looks like an app that might have potential.
WordsTool is a new online flashcard site that has a few interesting bells-and-whistles. It’s free to use, but you have to pay if you’re a teacher and want to create a virtual classroom.
Feedback, as always, is welcome.