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Inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources

Welcome to the inventory of freely available online tools and open educational resources for language teaching and learning developed by the ICT-REV project! The inventory contains a list of tools that have been evaluated with specific criteria in mind. Read more
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This tool was developed within the framework of a cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages and the European Commission

Hot Potatoes

Principal function(s): Crossword puzzle creatorsQuiz/exercise makers

A freeware suite of six apps for creating computer-based quizzes (multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering, and gap-fill). It needs to be installed on a laptop for its use. The products can be uploaded onto course-management systems such as Moodle. Evaluation: Still one of the most commonly used tools for the production of quizzes, tests, crosswords, and other testing materials for educational purposes. It may take some time to create tests, but in the long run, it is a great time-saver for teachers. Average IT skills are required for its use.

Cost: Free without registration, requires installation

Website: https://hotpot.uvic.ca/

  

Categories

Type Of Interaction

  • Individual work
  • Individual work

Skills

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar

Content

  • You supply

Usability

Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface

Simple, slightly old-fashioned

Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task

Medium. It may take some time to get acquainted with all the possibilities of the tool and to actually create a quiz. However, time efficiency grows rapidly in the long run with the use of the tool.

Interface language(s) The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to

English only

Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?

High. There is no privacy section on Hot Potatoes’ site, but yes on Half-baked’s, which is the software company that developed it. Half-Baked claims that it does not collect user data beyond what is necessary. It does not collect user data for marketing or business purposes. Its privacy code mentions security measures and user consent as a legal basis. Users can withdraw their consent and thus modify or delete their data on Hot Potatoes. Half-Baked does not mention compliance with the GDPR. See more here.

Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction

Yes

Tailorability (If so, how?) Possibility of the tool to be used for a range of different activities (e.g. to what extent you can organize a project assignment with a central activity based on this tool)

High. Different kinds of quizzes and exercises can be created through six apps, making Hot Potatoes quite tailorable.

Interactivity

Engagement

Collaboration

Communication

Technical requirements

Installation required?

Yes

Compatibility/ Operating System

Windows, Mac, Linux

Other technical requirements

None


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