Why do we have children? The dowry has gone the way of the Dodo bird. I’m no longer convinced that propagating the species is such a good idea for the planet.
Could it be that humans are merely advanced gluttons for punishment? Parenting is hard work. And it takes forever. Fortunately for we Mac users, there are flash cards to help us get through the tough years.
Flash On Your Mac
I know what you’re thinking. Alex has lost it. Mac’s don’t even ship with Adobe Flash anymore. It’s an optional download, right? Check. Also optional is learning with flash cards (not to be confused with Flash movies).
With three pre-schoolers hastening my demise as a sentient creature, I try to find ways to teach them as much as I can in as short a time as possible.
One method that seems to work is the tried and true flash card.
Band on something long enough and you’ll figure out that the pain means something. Flip those flash cards in front of young, impressionable minds long enough and they’ll actually remember vocabulary words and multiplication tables.
Flash cards? On the Mac? How modernly quaint.
Feed Your Offspring
Knowledge is a wonderful thing. Some things we learn by desire. Other things we learn by experience. Other things need to be crammed down our noodle. Study is a Mac app that helps with the cramming part.
Create stacks of facts in Study and—poof!—it’s a magical, digital, flash card machine.
Study is almost self explanatory so long as you can explain to yourself and your offspring what a flash card is and what it does and why they have to put up with the torture and how much more money they’ll make as an employed professional and why it’s important for them to care for you in your old age and why you won’t go to a nursing home but will haunt them if they send you there.
Create a stack for whatever facts need to be memorized. Set difficulty levels and labels. Then, well, flash the cards and someone learns.
Study is decidedly new Mac. It features a full screen mode ala Mac OS X Lion.
You can change the font and size and color of the flash cards, and, of course, you’re in charge of building your own stacks (some are available as separate downloads).
Study also does something subtle but useful. It remembers. When you get the right answer a few times it figures out that you know the answer, so, you don’t get that question as much.
On the other end of the scale, when you give a wrong answer, you’ll get that question a few more times until you get it right.
It’s just like having Ms. Hastings stand in front of my desk at school, flipping through her dog eared flash cards. Only it’s on your Mac. It’s not dog eared. And you don’t feel bad about not going to Ms. Hastings funeral.