Our family Mac gets used as a teaching aid for my three pre-school daughters. The idea is to make them smart and disciplined.
Then, turn them into geniuses who can support their parents in our old age. Among the many Mac apps that help children learn better, I found one that’s pretty good for adults, too. Think flash cards that you build for your topic.
Flash That Works All The Time
Flash cards are popular because they work, whether for children to learn math or vocabulary, or for adults to learn a new language (our children seem to pick up Spanish from relatives, neighbors, and TV).
Your Mac is a perfect tool for digital flash cards.
Add that fact to one of my favorite sites for learning apps, Custom Solutions of Maryland, and you and your family of little Mac users are good to go for years of learning fun.
My latest find is Drill Me. It’s a Mac app that uses the flash card principle and combines it with sound and a timer to create different tests.
Questions in Drill Me look like this on your Mac’s screen:
Simple enough, right?
An answer, which can appear on screen after a set amount of time, or with a click, would look like this:
The Drill Me Control Panel is drop dead simple. Select a test, select a mode, set the interval, slide the Speaking Rate left or right, and click the Start button.
Where Drill Me really shines is that you create the tests—questions and answers.
Topics can be simple, as in vocabulary or math for children. Or, even complex, as in questions and answers in a different language.
Drill Me can speak the questions and wait for an appropriate response (or time) before revealing the answer. The app itself inexpensive, but isn’t pretty, although it exudes usefulness, and it’s a breeze to set up and use.
It won’t take you long to find many ways to put Drill Me to use at home or in business for employee training.