Ankiby SchoolForge updated October 8, 2011
Anki is a program which makes remembering things easy.

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Anki is a program which makes remembering things easy. Because it is a lot more efficient than traditional study methods, you can either greatly decrease your time spent studying, or greatly increase the amount you learn.

Anyone who needs to remember things in their daily life can benefit from Anki. Since it is content-agnostic and supports images, audio, videos and scientific markup (via LaTeX), the possibilities are endless. For example:

  • learning a language
  • studying for medical and law exams
  • memorizing people's names and faces
  • brushing up on geography
  • mastering long poems
  • even practicing guitar chords!


Anki Review by a teacher
Average: 4 (1 vote)

I think Anki is a good tool if there are already cards for your subject area. It's a way to use technology for the traditional flash cards. It's time efficient because the cards are already pre-loaded. The thing that a teacher may have issues with is that the cards are in a random order, so there may be issues with the teacher looking at cards beforehand so that it coincides with the curriculum that you need to cover throughout the year. The great things are that it's free and the students can download the program as well as the preloaded cards.
So if you have a topic that needs to build vocabulary or facts this would be a good tool for teachers to use. Group work could be incorporated by having students work in groups to problem solve and answer the cards together.
The good thing is that there is a review of content that it has already covered as well as introducing new cards. So in order for this to be effective is that this is an assignment that requires a commitment in order to be effective.
So if you're a teacher that is trying to include technology into your pedagogy and your subject area is already covered Anki would be a good choice for you. The program is very easy to use for the teacher and the students. It's not the most beautiful interface, but it does the job. So if you're willing to commit to the program and have access to the computers then this is for you. Teachers could also check progress by having students take a screen capture of the completed assignment along with the score. So the students could have the students email them the screenshot by using Jing or Screenr.

Good Tool, but Overwhelming
Average: 3 (1 vote)

3. Anki
Anki is computer flashcard service. You can create, edit, upload, and download decks of flashcards to study. There are many parameters. You can gauge how well you are doing on which cards – it tracks the time you spend on each card. It counts how many cards per day. You can add audio and pictures to the cards. It has an excellent online help manual. You can rate the decks you try and see the ratings and reviews from other people. The only drawback is that you have to register in order to obtain a full deck or else you can try a sample. I tried German. Once you install Anki, you just retrieve the deck you want, download it, and double-click and it automatically is imported. The best way to learn according to Anki is to create your own deck. I created one called Network Terms. It is really easy for just your basic front and back flashcard. You create a deck and then you click the ADD button and an ADD window pops up. It has different options from adding audio to doing question and answer flashcards where the answer will appear when you click on the answer button. I just did the basic front to back to generate my deck. There are zillion ways to create decks and a gazillion ways to monitor your progress. My first suggestion to anyone would be read the manual even if you want just a basic deck (I had to in order to figure out what did what) Once you get started, you are rolling. Anki can do so much so there is a lot of material to read. It seems overwhelming, but if you are enjoying the basics service of Anki, it really would be worth the effort to spend the time learning all it can do. If you are concerned about resources, it utilizes about 20MB of memory actively and less that 2MB in an inactive state (I have a netbook and these things matter):) It needs to be downloaded as a program. It is great tool for all ages.