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Mental Case Classroom Edition

This application has an interesting name to say the least. It provides a great tool for students and teachers. It brings the old index flash cards to the iPad in an easy to use application. This application has a wide range of uses in all content areas.

Mental Case classroom edition doesn’t exactly sound like an application for the typical classroom. Mental Case classroom edition is a free flash card creator and study application. This is the sort of application I, as a teacher, like. It is one of those applications that places the student in the drivers seat. If you look for mental case in the App store for iPad you will see that two versions are displayed. Mental Case Flashcards HS is a paid version where as Mental Case Classroom Edition is free.

What’s the difference? Mental Case Flash Cards HD is for teachers. It allows teachers to do everything that the free version does and distribute their flash card creations to students. Students cannot share flash cards with the classroom edition. You might think that getting the teacher version is great because you can share flash cards with student. Yes it is great, but why do you want to do all the work. Isn’t your day hard enough. I’m not trying to convince you not to get the teacher version but, to think about what you want to do with it after you have it. Like one with great power, you must use it sparingly and wisely. The rest of the time empower your students and let them go through the work of creating and learning. Students tend to surprise you more and achieve more when you empower them. Really. What am I talking about? You already know that.

When you first launch Mental Case Classroom Edition, a screen will prompt you do download some sample data. Tap Import Sample Data. The next message will inform you that no case has been selected. This is how Mental Case works.
From now on Mental Case will refer to the classroom edition for the rest of this article.
Mental Case stores your collection of flash cards in cases. It can store cases of cards into a collection. For example you can have a collection of science vocabulary. In that collection you can have a case for biology, a case for chemistry and a case for physics terms.
Take a look at some of the sample cards you imported. Tap on the samples collection. In this collection you will see cases for Human Anatomy, Italian Art and Spanish. Tap on the human anatomy case. In this case you will see several cards with images and text. To study a case of flash cards tap the play button in the upper right. A menu will appear. The first option at the top of the menu is to study the notes in the selected case. Tap this option. The first card will appear with an image and some text. To flip the card and see the answer swipe with one finger from right to left. The card will animate a flip to reveal the answer. To exit study mode tap the ‘x’ in the lower left corner. Tap Library in the upper left corner.
To create your own collection, cases and cards tap the edit button at the top of the library. A plus will appear on the left. Tap the plus. Tap collection of cases. Enter a name for your collection. For example, science. When you’ve given your collection a name, tap the library button at the top. To create a case tap the plus button and select Case for Notes. Give the case a name. For example, cell biology. This time tap the organize button. The science collection will appear in a dialogue box. Tap the science collection we created earlier. This case is now part of that collection. Tap the library button at the top. Tap done.
To create flash cards tap the science collection. The cell biology case will be revealed. In the extreme top right tap the icon with a pencil. A dialogue box will appear. The box is divided into three sections. The prompt or question section is where we will enter the prompt for your study. For example, a vocabulary word. The section below this is the Note Content. This is where we will place the answer to the prompt or question. The last section is where you can indicate the importance of the flash card in your study.
The teacher version of Mental Case allows you to share cases or collections with others over Bluetooth or email. I hope you found this review and mini lesson useful. Thanks to the creators of Mental Case at mentalcaseapp.com. Thanks for providing a free tool that makes studying, learning and teaching just a little easier. If you want to see a full manual for using Mental Case, head on over to their web site at mentalcaseapp.com
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