For the Love of Pete! @CardKiwicom – a Digital Flash Card Ap

Posted on February 9th, 2014 by & filed under Uncategorized

Where do phrases like, “For the love of Pete” come from?

I find it interesting to Google these things and find out about their origin. My son does that. If he has a question about something, he goes online. It is natural for him to use that resource. So when he is studying and I tell him to use flash cards it’s not a surprise that he looks at me like I am from the dark ages. If you actually search for flash cards on Google you will find lots of links. But if you search flash card kiwi you will find a new resource that your kids will love. It’s a new way of utilizing a proven memorization technique that helps students remember information long term. I am considering trying it myself next time I need to memorize a speech!

This recently launched learning tool allows students to collaborate on their flashcards ( In the background, the site is powered by the spaced repetition algorithm. (Disclosure)


Microsoft’s : “Michael Bollinger, along with his co-founder Max Holnaicher, are using technology to take an age-old learning method – flashcards — and bring it into the 21st century.”  : “Card Kiwi is a flashcard service whose appeal is its simplicity. Flashcards on Card Kiwi are text only. As you flip through your flashcards you rate your understanding by simply clicking thumbs up, thumbs down, or thumbs sideways. Card Kiwi will show you the cards that you rate with a thumbs down or thumbs sideways more often than the others until you’re using the thumbs up on every card in your set.”

“Spaced repetition works, increasing knowledge retention by up to 50 %.” – B. Price Kerfoot, an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.

 In one memory study, “students who used spaced repetition learning techniques were found to have outperformed other students in over 95% of cases (Cepeda et al, 2008).” Using cardkiwi students will save time (they can share the work of creating flashcards with their friends) and significantly improve their recall rates.  The application is so simple to use, I have heard that second graders are using it. That’s good, I guess I should be able to use it then, huh?


Spaced repetition apps are designed to offer you certain materials to review at the optimum time, so that you can gradually improve your memory recall.

When Michael Bollinger contacted me and asked me to try his new ap, I was delighted. I offered to share this information on my blog. I am not being compensated in any way. My opinions are entirely my own. See my disclosure for more information on why I write blog posts like these.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.


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