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Developing class materials: interactive exercise creators



(Week 4: Feb 4-Feb 10)






Moderators: Fernanda Rodrigues (Portugal), Marijana Smolcec (Croatia) & Svetlana Obenausova (Czech Republic)


Guest presenters: Arjana Blazic (Croatia), Cláudio Azevedo (Brazil)


Record and upload voice >>





By the end of this week you will have:


  • explored different tools to create online interactive exercises, worksheets and surveys
  • explored different features of these tools
  • created activities using some of these tools and shared them with the community
  • posted links to your creations in the Participants Productions page
  • attended live presentations on the topic of the week
  • commented on the presentations of the week 






Task 1

  • Choose an interactive exercise maker (from the table below or the Tools page) and explore it (either on your own or with a friend)
  • Choose another one if you don't like it
  • 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


Task 3

  • Explore the software for creating online worksheets and surveys (from the table below or the Tools)
  • Create an online worksheet and/or a survey for your students



Task 4

          Check your time at Time converter.


Task 5




Here are some useful tutorials to get you started





Tools to explore



Interactive exercise creators

No registration needed Registration needed
Hot Potatoes  [download]
Script-O!  ("not free"; has a free 30-day trial period)

Web Sequitur & Web Rhubarb [download]

(demo version is free)

ProProfs  (with free demo; you can check here what you can do with a free account)
Quandary  [download] Quizstar

Eclipse Crossword [download] - great for printing out the exercises, can also create html exercises.

  DJordan's Self-Scoring Quizzes
  Edmodo - you can create quizzes for your classes and see students' results 

Online worksheets

No registration needed Registration needed
Tools for Educators  Worksheet Wizard

Online Surveys and Poll creators

No registration needed Registration needed
  Google drive (forms)
  Edmodo - you can create polls for your classes
  Survey tools - a selection of 9 tools
  Surveys and polls - a selection of 10 tools

Other tools

No registration needed Registration needed

Crossword Compiler (professional version is not free; there is a demo version that you have to download and install)

Quia ("not free"; has a free 30-day trial period)

Building websites - explore some of these tools if you like  


























I have....

  • explored at least one tool (interactive exercise, worksheet or survey)
  • created at least one activity wit one of these tools
  • posted the activity link to the Participants' Productions page and in my blog/wiki
  • attended the live session/listened to the recording
  • commented on the live session




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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