Students of almost every discipline use flashcards to help them master the terms and concepts of their courses. Quizlet, an online flashcard creation tool, takes those 3×5 index cards to a whole new level. Not only does Quizlet support the creation of “traditional” flashcards—index cards with a term on one side and its definition on the other—but it can also generate tests and learning activities using the user’s list of terms. Quizlet’s built-in translator and dictionary make it especially useful for the study of foreign languages and vocabulary, and its symbols and accent feature makes it equally useful for courses in math, logic, statistics, and chemistry. And there are thousands of user-created lists already publicly available; with Quizlet, students don’t even need to spend time creating the study resource—they can just start studying!
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The World Digital Library makes it possible to discover, study, and enjoy cultural treasures from around the world on one site, in a variety of ways. These cultural treasures include, but are not limited to, manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings.
Items on the WDL may easily be browsed by place, time, topic, type of item, and contributing institution, or can be located by an open-ended search, in several languages. Special features include interactive geographic clusters, a timeline, advanced image-viewing and interpretive capabilities. Item-level descriptions and interviews with curators about featured items provide additional information.
Navigation tools and content descriptions are provided in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Many more languages are represented in the actual books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, and other primary materials, which are provided in their original languages.
I first stumbled upon Flat World Knowledge in the spring of last year, before the enterprise had even officially launched. At that time, there was only a website with some basic information and some very adorable videos featuring stick figures explaining their business model. However, I was intrigued by their ideas. Flat World Knowledge is an online textbook store…that provides digital versions of textbooks to students for free. Let me write that out one more time: for free. Students who want a physical version can purchase a soft-cover copy for under $30. They also have self-print and audio options available for many texts. As a not-so-former student, the idea of cheap or even free! textbooks greatly appeals to my fiscal sense.
“Wiki” is a word that’s beginning to be bandied about quite a bit in academia, particularly by me because I am rather enamored by them. Often people want to assume that wikis are like blogs, and while they do share some features, wikis are run differently and in fact embrace an entirely different philosophy than almost any other type of webservice.