Guest Post: Librarian, Teacher & Technology Specialist Shannon Miller

Editor’s note: We’re honored to have a guest post from Shannon Miller, a librarian, teacher, and technology specialist at Van Meter Community School District in Van Meter, Iowa. In this post, Shannon talks about using StudyBlue with her own children, ages 16 and 5. (StudyBlue encourages parents with children under the age of 13 to sign up for StudyBlue, so they can use the site with their children. Please see our Children’s Privacy Policy for more information.)

Over the last month I have become a huge fan of StudyBlue. After meeting Matt Messinger on Twitter and Skyping with Matt and Becky Splitt, I have learned so much more about the power behind this incredible digital flashcard site. Matt has told me about several really cool features on StudyBlue that make it unique from other tools like this. One of my favorite features is that students can be sent reminders to study through a text or email. When I told my 16 year old daughter Brianna about this she thought that would be a helpful reminder to just pick up your iPod or laptop and study for a bit from the site.

After showing Brianna around StudyBlue yesterday, I decided to try it out with my five year old, Hagan. He is in kindergarten this year where they learn dozens of sight words to prepare them to read. Hagan and I study the words from a sheet of paper every night. He also has them on paper flashcards but those are often misplaced or scattered around.

With StudyBlue, Hagan would have his sight words with him on a computer or on his iPod. I would be able to teach him how to flip through the cards and even quiz himself. Hagan and I usually stay at school for at least an hour or so each afternoon. He enjoys being on the computer and has his own Diigo list of resources that he loves. After I set up a few sight word lists in StudyBlue, I also added them to his Diigo list so he can find his flashcards easily.

I showed Hagan how to “flip” the cards and he sped right through the list with a smile on his face. He thought it was fun. I showed him that there was also a StudyBlue app on his iTouch. Next we tried StudyBlue on my Nook Color. I wondered how he would like it on the Nook and it turned out this was his favorite device to use StudyBlue with. He turned the Nook on its side and was able to zoom in on the cards and he flipped through all of them very easily.

Next week, I am excited to invite Matt through Skype into my PLN/Web 2.0 class at Van Meter School. He will show the young people at Van Meter the amazing features of StudyBlue. I know that they will be excited to try it out and use it the next time they need to study for a quiz or test.

So thank you StudyBlue! Hagan usually like practicing his sight words but only for a few minutes at a time. Using StudyBlue was not only fun and education for Hagan….it was for me too!

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4 Comments so far. Leave a comment below.
  1. Father of 8 year old,

    I did something similar with my first grader last year. We created decks of 50 Dolch (sight) words, and studied them on a on a regular basis. About 50 review sessions per deck.

    She started the year as an “average” to “slightly below average” reader. By the end of the year she was one of the better readers in her class. Today, a year later, her second grade teacher informs me that she’s reading at a 5th grade level.

    The cards work.

  2. Amy Roth,

    how did you get study blue to work on the nook?

  3. Obpink4me,

    How do you get study blue on nook color?

    • Obpink4me – You should be able to visit the Android App Store and download the StudyBlue app from there. Let us know if you run into any difficulties.

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