Flashcard Friends Combines Social Networking and Online Learning

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Second generation Web 2.0 entrepreneurs create a free "social learning" website for students, homeschoolers and teachers. The website is completely free and contains no advertising.

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flashcards are lame ... why can't we do them on the Internet ... and why can't they be fun like MySpace.

Flashcard Friends combines social networking -- a la Facebook and MySpace -- with online learning. The inspiration for Flashcard Friends came when the founders of the company, Kendall and Ryan Hogan (now ages 15 and 12), were being forced to create flashcards by their whip-cracking father. They complained that "flashcards are lame ... why can't we do them on the Internet ... and why can't they be fun like MySpace." Their father, Mike, a web 2.0 entrepreneur, started asking questions about how it might work. Kendall and Ryan described a social network where students could create flashcards and share them with their classmates; or teachers could create flashcards and share them with their students.

With the help of their father, Ryan and Kendall defined what they wanted their website to do. Then their father recruited a top-notch team of developers and got it built. You can now see their website at http://www.Flashcardfriends.com. Following in their father's footsteps, Kendall and Ryan are second generation web 2.0 entrepreneurs.

Old school (printed) flashcards are a powerful and proven memorization tool. By using them, Kendall and Ryan were able to substantially improve their test scores. But online flashcards enable a lot of very powerful capabilities. For example, spelling, pronunciation of foreign words, automated testing and correction, images, all of this and more is a snap with Flashcard Friends.

Once the flashcards are in the system, you can share them with friends. The Hogan kids are now looking forward to the day when they return from summer break, only to inherit online flashcards from the class ahead of them. In addition to finding flashcards through friends, you can navigate through flashcard decks by category (e.g. math > algebra), or search by tags, keywords and more.

Some of the website's functionality:

  • Create flashcards with text, pictures and sounds (ideal for foreign languages)
  • Four different learning modes: find one that fits you, or use them all
  • Auto-magically creates tests from the flashcards and then corrects them
  • Uses social networking to manage sharing card decks
  • Find existing flashcards by subject, school, teacher, book and more
  • Speak into your computer and add the recording to the cards instantly
  • Turns a spelling list into spelling flashcards with a spoken version of each word
  • Includes web 2.0 technologies like user ratings, bookmarking and tagging
  • ... and much more

Flashcard Friends enables students to create flashcards, share them, memorize them and then test themselves. Flashcards can be used at every level, from Kindergarten to post-graduate, and for every topic, from learning colors to preparing for the legal bar exam, learning a language, or studying for the SAT.

Nancy Ferraro, 5th Grade Teacher, Granite Bay, CA: "I was very excited to discover Flashcard Friends. I introduced it to my 5th grade students, and we have been using it ever since. The students like how easy the site is to navigate, but they are so jazzed to see their friends' flashcards. My students have already exchanged flashcards on multiplication, fractions, the 13 colonies, and space. All this in one week! I will definitely use this site for all of my classroom flashcard needs."

About Flashcard Friends
Flashcard Friends, the social learning website, is pioneering the powerful combination of social networking and online learning. The company was founded by students, for students. The entire website is free to all; students, teachers, homeschoolers, everyone. You can register for free at http://www.Flashcardfriends.com. For more information call (650) 595-2400, or email mike (at) Flashcardfriends.com.

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