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To see how easy WinFlash is to use, let's jump right into a study question - from first grade math. 2 + 2 = ? Before proceeding, notice the scroll bar along the right edge of this text area. Run this up and down with the mouse to move up and down the text in pairs where the text exceeds the amount of space shown. You can also use the Page Up and Page Down keys on the keyboard or the wheel on a wheel mouse for this function. If there's room on your monitor, you can also increase the size of the Question dialog itself by clicking and dragging any of the edges of the dialog with the mouse. Go ahead and try this now... After you've made the dialog the size you'd like it to be, decide what your answer is and click the Display The Answer button.
Ahhh... If only they were all that easy, eh? This type of pair is a "standard" pair and is not automatically scored - handy when the answer is long and complex. All we need to do for a standard pair is tell WinFlash if we got it right or not by clicking the Correct or Incorrect button. There are better pair types for use with short answer pairs, though - click the Correct button and we'll see an example.
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Let's try the 2+2 question again. This time we'll use the fill-in-the-blank pair type. We've set up this pair so that it will accept either the numeral '4' or the word four as a correct answer. Now go ahead and enter the answer. Click in the editing area to the left of the Check My Answer button to place the cursor there, type in your answer and then click the Check My Answer button.
If you entered "4" or "four" or even "FoUr" you'll see a green check mark flashing in the control bar at the bottom. Click the Try Question Again button and this time enter an intentionally incorrect answer. Now you'll see a flashing red 'x' indicating an incorrect answer. These indicators are used for all of WinFlash's automatically scored question types. The bar with the colored boxes across the top of both the Question and Answer dialogs carries information about the current study session. The box that now says "Math" displays the category of the pair or the word "Category" if none is assigned to the current pair. Proceeding to the right, the boxes indicate Current Pair, Unasked Pairs Remaining, Total Pairs Completed This Session, Total Correct, Total Incorrect and Percent Correct. Let's try one of the buttons - click the button between the two blue boxes - it'll show the answer you actually entered. This is for those times when you'd swear you entered the right answer but the program says it's wrong :-) Click the Show Next Question button to proceed. Those who prefer the keyboard for navigation will note that virtually all actions can be accessed by pressing Alt and the underlined character on the key or menu item desired. In this case Alt-N will move to the next pair. The text directly below is automatically generated by the program - this allows you to optionally omit answer text (other than the correct answers for fill-in or multiple choice pairs) when creating the deck. You could have answered with any of the following: 1. 4 2. four
OK - here's some side 3 text for Q2
Here's another pair type I'm sure you're familiar with - multiple choice. Many programs only allow a single correct answer for this type of question. WinFlash allows any number of the answers to be true - from none to all. Just to make it a little interesting, and to set the stage for the step-by-step project included in the Tutorial, where was the infamous American "tea party" held? Remember, more than one answer may be correct... Here's another feature to try - click the button on the status bar with the key on it. This will yield a hint pertinent to this pair... The "tea party" was held in: 1. New England 2. Providence 3. Hartford 4. Boston 5. Concord 6. Massachusetts
The Answer dialog has a feature similar to the hint feature - comments. When one or more is available, they can be played by clicking on the status bar button with the telephone on it. Give it a try. Again, the text below this point is automatically constructed by the program. Click Show Next Question when you're ready to proceed. The correct answer is: Number 1 New England and Number 4 Boston and Number 6 Massachusetts
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You'll notice that the score in the status bar only updates after finally leaving the previous pair. This allows WinFlash to properly handle Try Question Again operations. This Question illustrates a special version of the multiple-choice pair - the True or False type. OK - how about a little trivia? The painting shown at the right is the most valuable painting in existence - True or False?
Definitely True! "The "Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) in the Louvre, Paris, was assessed for insurance purposes at $100 million for its move to Washington, D.C. and New York City for exhibition from December 14, 1962 to March 12, 1963. However, insurance was not purchased because the cost of the closest security precautions was less than that of the premiums. It was painted c. 1503-07 and measures 30.5 by 20.9 inches." The correct answer is: True
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If your sound system is turned on and functioning properly, you've been hearing some audio clips during this demo. These can be replayed by clicking first on the red square in the middle of the "VCR control" on the right hand side of the status bar. Then click the green, right-pointing arrow to replay. The button with the red square will function as a "pause" and the left-pointing, blue-arrowed button as a rewind, readying the clip to be restarted from the beginning. Try out these controls now. Sounds can be entirely disabled from the Options|View panel. Now for a BIG question for a closer... Is the elephant the largest living mammal?
Not by a whale of a lot!!! I hope you've enjoyed this quick run-through of WinFlash's basic capabilities. If you'd like to see more, click on any of the other decks listed on the Demos menu for examples of other WinFlash features. Of course nothing beats creating your own deck from scratch to really get up to speed with the program. Spend a few minutes with the tutorial and see! Just click on the Help|Tutorial menu item. To close a deck just click on the File|Exit menu item, click the 'x' in the upper right corner of either the Question or Answer dialog or type Ctrl-q. The correct answer is: No
OK - here's some side 3 text for Q5