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John Simkin
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I thought it might be a good idea for members to post details of useful tools for teachers creating their own websites.

Hot Potatoes is a suite of programs published by Victoria University and Half-Baked Software. Teachers use the Hot Potatoes programs to create educational materials, especially exercises and tests. The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, crossword, matching/ordering, jumbled-sentence and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web. Hot Potatoes is not freeware, but it is free of charge for non-profit educational users who make their pages available on the web.

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

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Quia Web is one of the world's most popular educational technology websites. It pioneered the "create-your-own" concept, giving teachers the ability to create customized educational software online, built around their own course materials and made available to students over the Web. The idea proved so popular that more than 300,000 teachers have registered to use the service. Quia provides templates for creating 14 different types of online activities, including flashcards, matching, concentration (memory), word search, hangman, jumbled words, ordered list, picture perfect, pop-ups, challenge board, scavenger hunt, rags to riches (a quiz-show style trivia game), columns, and cloze exercises. Quia also includes a directory of thousands of online activities and quizzes in more than 50 subject areas.

http://www.quia.com/web

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Filamentality: This website, created by SBC Pacific Bell, helps teachers create and post a web-based learning page. You don't need to know any HTML and you can go back and edit it at any time. Filamentality helps you pick a topic, provides web searching tips, lets you use "fill-in-the-blanks" to gather good Internet sites, guides you with interactive pages that help you shape your ideas around whatever specific goal you have, and then, gives you your very own web page on the Internet.

http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/

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WebQuest

A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web. WebQuests are designed to use learners' time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners' thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis and evaluation. The model was developed in early 1995 at San Diego State University by Bernie Dodge with Tom March. The website provides training materials and a large collection of WebQuests.

http://webquest.sdsu.edu/

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Question Tools

Marking questions by hand is a time-consuming, expensive and sometimes inaccurate process. Question Tools will automatically mark tests and exams for you. Students and trainees can receive immediate and accurate feedback on their performance. Question Tools is a software suite that allows anyone with a Windows PC to create on-line tests and exams. The suite comprises: SimpleSet (a free and easy to use question editor), Exam (a free and secure alternative to delivering tests in a web browser), Editor (a professional’s tool for creating and editing questions), Results Analyser (for dealing with group results) and Server (for delivering tests over intranets and the internet).

http://www.questiontools.com/

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Puzzlemaker

Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. It includes Word Search (type in a list of words and the computer will hide them in a grid of letters), Criss-Cross Puzzle (your list of words will be linked together, numbered and formatted, ready for you to print and hand out), Number Blocks (creates a block of numbers that will challenge arithmetic and algebra skills), Cryptograms (enter a phrase and the computer will assign a number to each letter) and Math Square (math formulas are linked together to form a square).

http://www.puzzlemaker.com

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Word Search Factory is designed to help you quickly and easily create professional looking word search puzzles to provide your students with the extra vocabulary and spelling practice they need in a format that they will find enjoyable. You can choose from a wide variety of grid sizes and word orientations for your word search puzzle. Then simply print as many copies of the puzzle as you require, along with the automatic answer key.

http://www.schoolhousetech.com/products/wo...ch/overview.htm

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Webmonkey: This website has been teaching people how to build websites of their own since 1996. If you intend to create a website, then this is the right place to visit. Information is organised under Authoring (HTML Basics, Tables, Frames, Browsers, Tools, Stylesheets, DHTML, XML); Design (Site Building, Graphics, Fonts); Multimedia (Audio/MP3, Shockwave/Flash, Video, Animation); Programming (JavaScript, Java, ASP, PHP, ColdFusion, Perl/CGI); Backend (Databases, Apache/XSSI, Unix, Security, Networks, Protocols, Jobs).

http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/index.html

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Quandary is an application for creating Web-based Action Mazes. An Action Maze is a kind of interactive case-study; the user is presented with a situation, and a number of choices as to a course of action to deal with it. On choosing one of the options, the resulting situation is then presented, again with a set of options. Working through this branching tree is like negotiating a maze, hence the name "Action Maze". Action mazes can be used for many purposes, including problem-solving, diagnosis, procedural training, and surveys/questionnaires.

http://www.halfbakedsoftware.com/quandary.php

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Is there a possibility to publish a list of links to useful sites like these somewhere on this forum?

Let's see if we get anymore then I'll collate them at a later date.

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Hi all,

These are two that have been mentioned:

http://web.uvic.ca/hrd/hotpot/ (Hot Potatoes)

http://www.halfbakedsoftware.com/quandary.php (Quandary)

I've also written another pair of apps called TexToys that are similar to Hot Potatoes, with different exercise types:

http://www.cict.co.uk/software/textoys/index.htm

You'll need modern Web browsers to access most of the pages above; we've moved away from supporting old browsers in the last year, in favour of supporting current Web standards, and encouraging people to upgrade.

Cheers,

Martin

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It is great to see you have joined the International Education Forum. I have for a long time been a great admirer of your work. Could you give us some background details of how you came to create Hot Potatoes? It is such a pioneering piece of software and has had a major influence on the development of teaching materials on the web. It was great to see you made it available free of charge to schools. It is this generosity of spirit that has become a welcome feature of the web.

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