Building upon an innovative, evidence-based learning method (SAFMEDS), perfected through decades of real-world use in diverse educational settings, Fluency FlashCards is a web 2.0 application that allows users to practice learning information to fluency, beyond accuracy–guaranteeing retention, endurance and application of their performance.
Using Standard Celeration Charts, learners get clear and informative data on their progress toward meeting a fluency aim for each deck. Fluency aims can be set based upon card content.
Learners can build flash card decks of up to 84 cards, and practice in deck subsets that are cumulatively reviewed until the learner reaches a fluency aim. Fluency is based upon the learner’s rate of performance in one-minute timings. After each timing performance data are plotted on a Timings Celeration Chart that automatically appears. The best of the day’s timings are plotted on a Daily Celeration Chart that also automatically appears after the day’s practice session. Shuffled cards pass through a series of decks on the way to meeting the fluency aim. A unique feature tracks latency data for each card. Cards whose performance latencies are below the average latency required for a deck continue to appear in timings, giving a learner an opportunity to practice beyond accuracy to fluency. In an accompanying video tutorial, Dr. Kent Johnson details how to write effective flashcards illustrating different kinds of learning, such as definitions, descriptions, equivalences, concepts and principles; and how to conduct effective practice timings to promote fluency and rapid growth in learning.
How Does Fluency FlashCards Work?
The FFC app divides each set of cards up into 3 decks based on how familiar (fluent) you are with each card. You are guided to practice different cards in sessions of a few seconds to a few minutes, to maximize retention of the material.
Initially, new cards are viewed individually on the New deck, then moved the second deck (Newly Firmed).
Once on the Newly Firmed deck, the cards are then practiced in sets of about 7 cards, with the aim of speed and accuracy. Once they have been ‘firmed’ in this way, they are then moved onto the third deck (Firming). Here you are guided to do multiple sessions on larger sets of cards (up to 32 cards at a time) until your fluency with the material is firmly established.
When you complete a FFC session you are provided with detailed information on how quick and accurate you were for each card. When you achieve one of a number of milestones you receive a badge indicating that you achieved that level with that set of cards.
Using the Celeration format, sessions are tracked over time on several different graphs, giving you a clear and up-to-date picture of your (or your students’) learning curve. The rate of correct responses is tracked by the black circles, and the rate of incorrect responses is indicated by the black X’s. The line at the bottom is the floor, or base rate.
Celeration aims can also be set per card set, and these are indicated on the charts as well. This provides a target slope to the learning curve, which you can be used as a guideline.
Developing Effective Fluency Cards (coming soon)