My students find some of the vocabulary of civics hard to learn, so I decided to try a new quiz site to train the hard words. I ran into memrise.com though a teaching site that I am following: createinnovateexplore.com and they were talking about memorize, so I decided to try it for my self and I loved it. It teaches the vocabulary though courses with 10-30 words in each. You get the definition for two-three words and then a quick quiz for those words, then you get two-three more words and then two-three questions to check that you remember all of the words. That is different is that it prompt you to make your own memory rules though memes – which really enforces the memorization of the term. They gives you points as you solves the questions and there is a little flower that blooms as you learn the term. There is free access through the website and a free app as well.
This kind of app is of course only good for the vocabulary training part of civics, it hardly trains understanding at all. But as a training tool for vocabulary I think it might be handy. I am yet to test it on my students but I liked the learning experience.