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Interactive exercises and quizzes


(Week 4: Feb 3 - Feb 9, 2014)




Larisa Olesova (Russia), Helen Davies (France) and Svetlana Obenausova (Czech Republic) (only from Thursday onwards)






By the end of this week you will have:




Task 1

  • Read about the possibilities of the tools in the Suggested reading below
  • Choose one or two interactive exercise makers (from the table below) and explore them 
  • Choose other ones if you don't like your first choice
  • Make a short test exercise when you find a tool you like


Task 2

  • Create an exercise for one-two of these skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary or grammar
  • You can also use the exercise makers for CLIL - e.g. teaching history or geography through English 
  • post the link to your exercise in your slot of the Participants Productions Page 


Task 3

  • Explore the software for creating online surveys and quizzes (from the table below)
  • Create an online quiz or survey for your students or for participants of this ICT4ELT session
  • Post the link to your survey or quiz in your slot of the Participants Productions Page


Task 4 

  • Go to the Participants Productions Page and have a look at exercises or quizzes of other participants
  • Place your comments in the slot provided to two or three of them, try choosing those that have not received feedback yet.


Task 5 

  • Embed the exercise (if you used Learning Apps) in your wiki or blog, or save your exercise as a file in your wiki (Hot Potatoes, Quandary, etc.)
  • Place the link to your survey in your wiki or blog or embed your survey there.


Task 6

Task 7

  • Post your comments about the live session to the Edmodo Group here.


Task 8

  • Read this week readings (at the bottom of this page) and post comment on the readings to the Edmodo Group


Here are some useful tutorials to get you started






Tools to explore



Interactive exercise creators 

No registration needed Registration needed
Hot Potatoes  [download] There are detailed tutorials above with pictures and explanations
Learning Apps highly recommended, easy to use and exercises look really good

Web Sequitur & Web Rhubarb [download]

(demo version is free)

Edmodo - you can create quizzes for your classes and see students' results 
Quandary  [download] There is a detailed tutorial above
More optional tools for those who want to experiment more:

Eclipse Crossword [download] - great for printed worksheets, yet you can also create html exercises.

   Quizstar you can create online quizzes for your students,  automatically grade quizzes and view the quiz results online
  Quizlet - you can use a large database of activities or create your own
  PhotoPeach quizzes

Online worksheets

No registration needed Registration needed
Tools for Educators  Worksheet Wizard

Online Surveys and Poll creators

No registration needed Registration needed
SurveyMonkey the best tool for your surveys
  Edmodo - you can create polls for your classes
  Survey tools - a selection of 9 tools
  Surveys and polls - a selection of 10 tools























I have....




Suggested readings



  • Babicka, B. and Nevaril, J. (2008). Hot Potatoes - How Not to Get Burnt.  (Interesting hints on the usage of Hot Potatoes. After opening the file, click on the text to enlarge it.)



A short note: HotPotatoes terms of use have changed:

"Hot Potatoes is now freeware. The complete version of the programs is now available for free, from the Downloads section . The free version of Hot Potatoes for Windows is version 6.3, and the Java version is 6.1."
"The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web. Hot Potatoes is freeware, and you may use it for any purpose or project you like. It is not open-source."



(This article focuses on this utility of the Internet. Some sites are presented where teachers can easily design activities and exercises online, such as quizzes, tests, puzzles or surveys, which require no advanced computer skills. Included are only those tools that are free for educational use for obvious reasons.)


A short note:

2 of the sites mentioned in the article no longer exist; one is Headline Makers:  lang.swarthmore.edu/makers/index;

when you click on the link you get the message: The server at lang.swarthmore.edu is taking too long to respond.

You can find the old site here and a new one here


The other is Trackstar; the link takes us to a site about Online Casino and Gambling; the present site is:




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