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Andrew Field

ContentGenerator.net Multi-choice quizzes

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These aren't quite ready for use yet, but I've released a beta version of my Multiple-choice quiz generator program.

This program is completely free for all teachers and educators as long as it is used in a not-for-profit way.

It allows anyone to generate their own Flash quiz just by entering questions. You can customise the colours and how much time to provide for each question, and you can even include accompanying quiz text to support the user.

It has been designed to make it as easy as possible for anyone to create their own quizzes - you can easily create a quick 5 question quiz to use at the end of a lesson, or to place at the bottom of a webpage to act as a brief interactive revision exercise.

I'm giving it away for free for two reasons - one I want everyone to benefit from the potential of such activities and two I want people to be able to explore the power and potential of my more-advanced pay-for ContentGenerator programs.

There are still bugs to sort out before it can be released properly (currently you have to enter the seconds for the timing before the quiz works correctly), but a free beta version can be downloaded from my ContentGenerator.net forums. Read more about the actual program here - http://www.contentgenerator.net/multiplechoice/default.asp

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Feel free to try it out! :)

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There are quite a few quiz generators around on the Web. Hot Potatoes is the one most favoured by teachers of modern languages, and Quia is quite popular too:

Hot Potatoes: http://web.uvic.ca/hrd/halfbaked

Quia: http://www.quia.com

There is also the Teacher's Pet site that provides macros for Word:

http://www.teachers-pet.org

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There are quite a few quiz generators around on the Web. Hot Potatoes is the one most favoured by teachers of modern languages, and Quia is quite popular too:

Hot Potatoes: http://web.uvic.ca/hrd/halfbaked

Quia: http://www.quia.com

There is also the Teacher's Pet site that provides macros for Word:

http://www.teachers-pet.org

Indeed - but none of these provide what my quiz generator does - the ability for anyone of any technical ability to generate their own Flash quizzes. Anyone can integrate them into their website far more easily than existing quiz programs.

Hot Potatoes is indeed excellent, but the above quiz creator is something a little different. Do try it out and you'll see.

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Andrew writes:

Hot Potatoes is indeed excellent, but the above quiz creator is something a little different. Do try it out and you'll see.

I'll have a look at it. We use automatic exercise generators a lot in modern languages. Hot Potatoes is useful for creating Web-based materials, but there are also a number of exercise generators around that create offline exercises, e.g. my own Fun with Texts and GapKit packages, Wida Software's The Authoring Suite and TaskMagic by mdlsoft. They all enable text, images and audio to be incorporated into the exercises, and Fun with Texts and Wida's The Authoring Suite have the facility for incorporating video. Audio is absolutely essential for modern languages. See:

http://www.camsoftpartners.co.uk/fwt.htm

http://www.camsoftpartners.co.uk/gapkit.htm

http://www.mdlsoft.co.uk

http://www.wida.co.uk

Offline exercises continue to be popular among modern language teachers. While presenting audio is not a problem via the Web (streaming audio quality is now excellent), streaming video quality can be poor (even at the BBC Languages site - see the Spanish Steps clips), and so far I have not yet seen a Web-based facility that enables the teacher to set up listen/record/playback activities, e.g. along the lines of the EuroTalk and Auralog CD-ROM and DVD-ROM packages.

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I agree entirely - and one of the beauties of Macromedia Flash is that extensive audio (and indeed video) can be integrated into a quiz or exercise. This is well within the realms of a dedicated teacher. What I'm trying to do with my simple free program is to illustrate how easy it is for teachers to generate their own content for Flash. Exercises produced using Flash can be used online or offline. Obviously I'm biased towards what I've created for my own uses, but my program will allow anyone to generate their own quiz for a website in about 5 minutes.

1. Load the program

2. Add your questions

3. [Optionally] customise the look or settings

4. Press generate - hey presto.

The ease of such things then hopefully encourages people to explore my more commercial offerings such as the Penalty Shootout or Walk the Plank generators.

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