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Smart MorseCurrent version: 2.2
Download: SmartMorse_22.prc (47K) | SmartMorse_22.zip (32K)
Requires: Palm OS 2.0 or better (Palm OS 5 compatible)
DescriptionSmart Morse is a Morse code tutoring program for the Palm powered PDA. The main feature that separates Smart Morse from other programs of this nature is the fact that this program learns about you as you practice. It takes note of which letters you're struggling with and which ones you know well. It then focuses more attention on your problem areas while still continuing to practice the others.
How to Use
Smart Morse was designed to teach Morse code through practice. It is important that that student learn to associate letters with the sound patters (e.g. "dit-dit-dat-dit") rather than written the written pattern (e.g. "**-*").
The method used, therefore, is to listen to a letter as it is played and identify what letter it was. To do this, hit the "Next" button to play a letter at random. You can hit "Replay" to hear the same letter played again if you need to. Then write your guess in the graffiti area and hit "OK". The correct answer will then be displayed on the line marked "Answer". If you guessed correctly, the "OK" button will stay lit. If you guessed incorrectly, the sequence that corresponds to the letter you guessed will be displayed next to the letter for your information (as is in the screenshot to the right).
As the program learns which letters you know and which ones you don't, it will start asking the missed ones more often. As you consistently get those previously missed letters correct, they will slowly be asked less and less often in favor of other problem areas.
Recommended StrategyIn order to learn Morse code as quickly as possible, we suggest the following procedure:
First, start in single-letter mode with just Group 1. Remember that single-letter mode responds much more quickly when you get a letter wrong, repeating the missed letter over and over again until you consistently answer correctly. With just a few minutes of practice, you'll probably find yourself answering correctly almost 100% of the time.
Next, move over to multi-letter mode, still using just Group 1. Multi-letter mode is much more forgiving of mistakes, but still gives more attention to letters you consistently get stuck on. After all, we wouldn't want you to forget what you've already learned.
The purpose of multi-letter mode is to learn speed. Start out with just 2 letters at a time, no spaces. You want to translate while you're listening, not after hearing the whole sequence. After just a few minutes at 2 letters, move on to 3 letters at a time. Remember, speed is the key. You need to get used to translating in your mind while the sequence is playing. Once you're comfortable with 3 letters, try 4. If you can easily do 4 letters at a time, you're on the right track.
Next, try just group 2. First single-letter mode, then multi-letter mode. Then try groups 1 and 2 at the same time in multi-letter mode.
Remember that you're main practice area once you're familiar with the alphabet (or the part of the alphabet you're interested in) is multi-letter mode. Single-letter mode was designed to quickly familiarize you with the alphabet. Multi-letter mode, on the other hand, helps you learn to associate the codes with the letters the instant you hear them. It helps you translate while you listen, instead of after.
ButtonsBelow is a list of all the buttons and what they do.
MenusBelow is a list of all the menus and what they do.