Monday, February 9, 2009
Anki Learning System
In a recent post, I talked about a shortcut in how to learn the overwhelming terminology of A&P--flashcards.
This is another great tool for learning the terminology of A&P . . .
My friend Jane Zeiser told me about this tool. Jane is a foreign language professor and her students use it to learn their vocabulary words.
It's called Anki and it's a FREE program that creates a database that is something like a virtual deck of flash cards. Students can load in (and share) their A&P terms and learn them by practicing with them.
The program is SMART because it uses a proven algorithm to repeat items that are missed in a pattern that promotes efficient learning. As the student learns, the program alters the pattern to focus on the terms that need more practice . . . without forgetting to review the terms already learned.
Anki can be downloaded and used on a PC or Mac, it can be used on a mobile device (such as an iPod, iPhone, or SmartPhone), or on the web.
Of course, memorizing the meaning of terms is just the first step in thoroughly learning A&P . . . but a very important first step. Success with the first step leads to success during the rest of the journey, eh?
Please "comment" on this article if you've already had experience with Anki . . . we'd love to hear some first-person reports!
Find Anki at http://ichi2.net/anki/
Watch this screencast to learn about Anki . . . . http://ichi2.net/anki/screencast1.html
Posted by Kevin Patton