Sunday, November 21, 2010

Hot Potatoes Software for Formative Assessment

The university of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, developed some free software to allow teachers to create interactive assessments for students.  As it says on their website, "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."  You can access the hot potatoes software here.

I have developed several Hot Potatoes activities and love the simplicity of use.  Once you have created an activity, you can upload it into your course management system, like moodle, for student use or email the htm file to the student directly.  Hot Potatoes software is most often used as formative e-assessment tool.  It is considered Freeware.

Here is a short video of what a Hot Potatoes crossword puzzle looks like on my LMS, Moodle.

Hot Potatoes has a mac and pc version.

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