Front Row Vocab

Age Scale: 14 to adult

Device: iPhone, iPod, and iPad

Quick Line:  Front Row Seat to SAT Prep

What Educators Need to Know:

Getting teenagers to put the time preparing for the SAT while carrying a full academic load is a challenge.  Prep materials are often overwhelming, boring, and if not used correctly, ineffective.  Well, welcome to the age of technology!  Front Row Vocabulary takes some of the pain away.  The FREE initial download contains a set of 100 frequently used words from the SAT.  Students read a short set of words and definitions and enter quiz mode.  The quizzes are designed to test user knowledge of the definitions as well as identify a sentence in which the word would be used correctly in context.  The final level requires users to write original sentences using the words.  Each challenge incorporates a new small set of words until users know them all.  Pretty comprehensive, right?  There are a number of methods incorporated in this app that I can wholeheartedly support.  The first is the idea of spaced repetition.  Seeing the word and definition is important, but seeing it while interspersed with both new and mastered words is especially effective.  In addition, having to learn the word as it is used in context is another great technique to commit the word to long term memory.  Lastly, there’s nothing like good ole competition.  I liked the fact that I was “better” than 80% of Front Row users, but 80% still left room for improvement! The goal is to use the app for at least five minutes every day, but I found myself wanting to keep going and going!  Parents and educators often forget the difference between memorizing and learning.  I want my children to LEARN, so if I had a child preparing to take the SAT, I would skip the books and videos and head to the Front Row!

Price:  FREE (initial download; additional word packs are $9.99)

Front Row Vocab - Front Row Education

Flashcards +

Age Scale:  9-18

Device:  iPod, iPhone, or iPad

Bottom Line:   Much more fun than index cards!

What Educators Need to Know:

Memorizing words and definitions is inevitable.  Try as I might to use higher level thinking skills, sometimes you must start at the beginning and build a foundation before doing so.  Flashcards+ can help you do this.  Students can create custom decks by adding a deck, assigning a name, and typing words and concepts.    Then  they can practice their cards with a  simple swipe.  Students can also eliminate mastered words by placing a checkmark next to them.  Since many teens have their devices on hand 24/7, it is nice to know that they will also have their study tools handy also!  Flashcards+ is linked to the website which boasts thousands of already created flashcards on a number of topics.  Need to study terms for the state standardized test?  Check there first.  Chances are, someone has already created a deck that you can add to your device!  I even found a deck of key terms for Chapter One in our SS textbook.  Score!

Price:  FREE

Flashcards+ - Connor Zwick