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Cardflow for iPad- Think of the Possibilities!

I recently became aware of an iOS app called Cardflow. I grew up using index cards for all sorts of tasks. The cards would be taped to walls as reminders or mind-maps/flow charts. Cards would be stuffed into pages of books as forms of annotations, and stacks of cards were created as flashcards. I was especially excited when stores stocked different colors, sizes, plain/lined/graphed, and containers to hold and sort them. These cards offered additional learning style supports when considering I could kinesthetically draw and write on them, and physically move them about for various layouts and stacking.

My card system evolved through college into the work setting. As a special educator working with communication needs for an autism classroom, I often slapped Velcro on the back of these cards to help with communication needs. They became instruction steps for various tasks, schedule guides, and visual reminders.

When I found Cardflow, I was instantly excited about the potential it offered. As a perfectionist, I gravitate toward technology that allows me the ease of erasing, using typing, and the ability to use tools for spelling and editing. One can imagine my delight that Cardflow offers:

  • Ability to select backgrounds that are blank, lined, or grid, as well as the color
  • Ability to draw, write, type, or insert photos on the cards
  • Premade templates for checklists and storyboard cards
  • Ability to move and stack cards easily
  • Automatic Shape Recognizer (create perfect shapes)
  • Export to JPEG, OPML, and high-res interactive PDF

Click the below links to view short videos:

Advanced drawing features

Arranging cards

Shape Recognizer 

Cardflow and Cardflow+ are created by Qrayon. It is an iOS app (Apple iPad). There is a free version and a premium version. The premium version costs $9.99.

How one might use it for work or job searching:

Website Integration- you can insert a web page on a card. A thumbnail screenshot of it as the card picture, and add a hyperlink in the upper right corner to open the page. 

Try linking articles, jobs you want to apply for, your cloud stored documents, and videos. Dropbox allows you to copy links to your cards. Or, you can create client pages that have projects and links to various information. Create training materials for others.

Mind-Mapping- creating graphic organizers or maps for projects and to help one process information and/or make decisions can be helpful. The ability to add links between the cards make them more interactive. For example, think about the steps to complete a task while on the job. Let us use accessing the company’s server to find files. You can create a flow chart graphic map with the steps for the process and export it as an interactive PDF. The front of the card may indicate the step and basic info. The back of the card can be used for more text or greater detail. The ability to insert photos of the computer screen, a video link, or hyperlink makes it even more useful for some. Now add the links and the cards can play as a “tour” of the steps called prototyping interactions. You can also add focus details that zoom in and out of areas on the card.

Ok, so what exactly is protyping interactions and why should I be excited? Drumroll! ….

According to the Qrayon website:

Position the link hotspots on your cards to create sharable interactive “tap-through" experiences. Both card and web links continue to work in exported PDF files. You can even publish these PDFs online. Here's a simple example.

Are you as excited as I am about the potential for using this for personal use and in the job setting? Do you have experience with Cardflow? How do you think you could use it?

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Tags: Flashcards, Mind-Mapping, Productivity, iPad


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Comment by Jennifer Mundl on October 27, 2018 at 12:44pm

I have I use this with many students with learning disabilities. They like how easy it is to use and I emphasize the importance of using colors to indicate different areas.

Comment by Adrienne Kleinman on August 21, 2018 at 5:21am

I echo what Nikki said--note cards or flash cards have been a regular staple of mine, too. In fact, I was recently in a play and the way I memorized my lines was through the use of numbered flash cards. This new technology sounds really intriguing--perhaps I'll have to try it! Thanks for bringing Qrayon to our attention, Erika. 

Comment by Nikki Abramson on August 17, 2018 at 10:21pm

I always use note cards. This is a new idea for me. I think using it for mind mapping could be very useful. Thanks for sharing. 

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