Math flashcards have been around for years as a teaching tool to help students remember math facts. We've searched teacher sites and recommendations to find websites and free or low-cost resources that let your students create electronic and printable flashcards.
You can show your students how to make their own electronic flashcards using Powerpoint or Keynote on their computers and then bring the flashcards up on their desktop for review each day. If you have computers in your room, let your students create slides in Powerpoint or Keynote so the first slide has the problem and the next one shows the solution. Continue until they have covered the facts you'd like your students to practice. Then have them use the slides as electronic flashcards.
Divide the students into pairs, with each pair on a computer or tablet. Have them scroll through the slides. Let one student in each pair read the problem when it appears. Have the other student try to solve the problem before showing the next slide. Show the slide. If the student got it wrong, they go back to the first slide and each student reads the problem with the answer five times before they move on to the next slide. Let the students take turns asking and solving the problems until they have the slides memorized. (This electronic flashcard technique works well for learning math terms and vocabulary, too.)
If you prefer to use flashcards that are already computer-ready, Tim Bedley, math teacher from Lake Elsinore, California, has created Video Flash Kards for his students and now offers them as an inexpensive tool for other teachers. These 8 short videos cover addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. You can choose the fast (students have 2 seconds to respond) or slow version (4 seconds). Students respond to the math fact on the screen by shouting out their answers or simply saying them aloud. If you have student responders or a clicker system in your classroom, you can have the students answer with their clickers. After the allotted time is up (2 or 4 seconds), the correct answer appears on the video with a "ding." These seven-minute videos can be played on a computer using iTunes or on an iPod. Students gain mastery in just a few views. Each video is $2.00 and comes with a money-back guarantee. Watch a sample video here.
A comprehensive website for creating flashcards for all subjects is www.quizlet.com.
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