Creating Electronic Math Flashcards February 08, 2016 10:26

Math flasKids on laptophcards 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, Google Slides 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, Google or Keynote so the first slide has the problem and the next one shows the solution. Continue until they have coveredMath problem on a tablet 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. 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 students 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.)

Excel Math has a Glossary of Math Terms (in English or Spanish) you can use with your students to create flashcards of math words and their definitions. Excel Math was written to give teachers the tools they need to help students develop a strong foundation of mathematics. Read more about Excel Math and its systematic spiraling process at excelmath.com. Try out our online Timed Basic Fact Practice at http://www.excelmath.com/practice.html.

A comprehensive website for creating flashcards for all subjects is www.quizlet.com. Make your own math flashcards or use the existing ones already on the site. Then you can add a link for your students to visit your own teacher page. Once on your page, your students can create their own math flashcards or practice with those cards you've already placed on your page for them.

Lakeshore Learning has a flashcard template you can use to print paper flashcards for your students to use for additional practice. You or your students type in the problems in the lefthand column and the answers in the righthand column, print the cards, cut them out, and fold them on the broken lines to make flashcards. (See the sample on the left.)

Math Aids has a variety of flashcard templates you can customize (4 cards per page, 2 per page, addition to number 10, etc.) for your students. You can also choose from telling time, identifying U.S. coins or bills, roman numerals, shapes, and recognizing numbers, as well as problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. These flashcards are especially recommended for Kindergarten through third grade students.

Math Fact Cafe has electronic flashcards and math fact sheets by grade level for Grades 1-4. These flashcards cover addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. You can choose to add or subtract zero, ones, twos, nines, or a mix of numbers. You can choose to show confirmation of the answer being right or wrong. In this mode, after each answer is typed in, the student gets feedback such as "good," "excellent," or "bummer."  After completing 20 problems, the flashcards are all shown and the ones missed are highlighted in red. The student can see the correct answers by scrolling over the red flashcards. The total correct and the percentage correct are shown.

Scholastic has an electronic flashcard maker that lets your students type in problems and calculate answers to make flashcards. When they're done, students can test themselves using the flashcards they've created. They can also print the cards or edit the cards, if they find any mistakes.

Flashcardlet is a free flashcard application with math problems (and other subject areas). If you're using an iPhone/iPod, you can also create your own. Flashcardlet gives students an easy way to study on the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. Flashcardlet also allows you to search for and study Quizlet.com flashcards. Your students can flip through their cards and set them to move as fast or slow as they would like. Students can bookmark cards that they have trouble with. They can also limit their studying to only cards that you have starred. Students can study their cards in their original order or at random.
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My Math Flashcards App is a free app for mastering basic elementary math facts. It's easy to use and customizable for elementary students. It includes flashcards for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The screen looks like a calculator with a flashcard above it. Students complete 25 problems, entering their answer after each one. My Math Flashcards App is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

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.

Do you have a favorite way to help your students learn basic math facts? Tell us what's working with your students. Feel free to leave a comment including your favorite website links.
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