12 Puzzle and Quiz Creation Tools for Teachers

There are many different sites on the internet that allow you to create your own puzzles and games to use either directly in class, or which can be linked to/embedded into your VLE.

I’ve been doing some trawling ahead of a training session I am running soon, and here are a few of the best ones that I’ve found. There are others out there, but the focus specifically for my session was KS4 and 5, so these links are aimed at older students.

If you have any other favourites, please add them to the comments!

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1. Classtools Net

http://classtools.net/

Classtools is already one of my favourite websites, home of the Countdown Timer and Random Word Picker. But there are also several different game templates that you can use, such as Post It and the Dustbin game. Games can be saved and linked to, or embedded into a VLE.

2. Content Generator

http://www.contentgenerator.net/

Content generator’s templates allow anyone to generate their own e-Learning quizzes, games and applications through our custom software – no coding required. Some content has to be paid for, but quite a lot is free as long as you register for the site.

3. Superteacher Tools
http://www.superteachertools.com

SuperTeacherTools.com is dedicated to providing technology tools for teaching that are quick and easy to download, learn, and start using in your classroom. In the site, you will find a variety of review games, classroom management software, and other miscellaneous tools for educators. Home of the Jeopardy Review Game, which is very popular.

4. Quiz Busters

http://www.teachers-direct.co.uk/resources/quiz-busters/

Quiz Busters lets you create your own quiz game based on the popular 80′s gameshow Blockbusters. If you don’t want to create your own, you can use some of the other ready-made quizzes on there.

Quiz Busters

5. Languages Online

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/default.htm

Download these free programs and create your own interactive games and activities. Follow the simple steps to add your own text, pictures or voice recordings. Suitable for all languages!

6. Puzzlemaker
http://www.discoveryeducation.com/free-puzzlemaker/

Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more-using your own word lists. You can’t save the puzzles and link to them – but you could screenshot them (or save the png file it creates) and insert as an image. Alternatively print them out as worksheets.

7. Content Workshop from Barking College
http://vle.barkingcollege.ac.uk/cw_testbed/home.htm

This site provides different templates to create interactive resources for all key stages. The bulk of the templates are for Language arts, but other subjects are represented too.

Also worth a look:

The following resources are not free but worth a look if this is something you want to take further.

8. Task Magic : http://www.mdlsoft.co.uk/

9. Fuse Creator : http://www.fusecreator.com/

10. Quia : http://www.quia.com/web

11. Crossword Compiler : http://www.crossword-compiler.com/

And finally…..

12. Don’t forget Hot Potatoes (http://hotpot.uvic.ca/) which is free to download. 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. It outputs an HTML file, so you’ll need to upload it somewhere for students to use it. But it’s very versatile and easy to use!

Update:

Also to add to the list : Zondle, Quizlet and Sandfields Games.

 

Thanks to Jen Dowling (@jdowlo1), Clare Seccombe  (@valleseco), and Doug Woods (@deerwood) for some of these links via Twitter. Picture credit: Mess__e to L_ke Sky__lker by Stéfan Le Dû (view whole set of stormtrooper photos here)

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Author: Danny Nicholson

Danny is an author, Science teacher, ICT Consultant, PGCE lecturer and computing / interactive whiteboard trainer. He has delivered training courses across the UK, in Europe, and in Canada. Please get in touch with your training requests.

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15 Comments

  1. I like http://quizlet.com/
    Flashcards can be used in 4 different quiz formats as revision tools. Can be embedded into own website as well.

  2. Thanks Noeleen – looks like a useful site. Have bookmarked

  3. Danny – there are some useful tools here http://www.sandfields.co.uk/games/ – the countdown timer which is downloadable and customisable with music is very useful. There are also some good quiz templates I have made use of in the past.

    Thanks for the post above, apart from the old favourites there are several new ones I hadn’t come across before.

  4. Cheers Rob – that’s a great link too.

  5. I recently found this site
    http://beta.sharendipity.com/education/
    which can be used to make your own interactive games, not sure what it is like as I haven’t used it much.

    don’t forget you, or your students can make games and quizzes with excel and Keynote

  6. Check out Quiz Game master for an online quiz game generator

  7. Great Post. I know many teachers will take full advantage of these great resources.

  8. A new web-based quiz creation tool to add to your list – QuizSlides – enables easy creation of online multiple-choice quizzes and exams from PowerPoint slides.

  9. Another site with a word search maker is Knowledge Mouse. One feature that it has that discoveryeducation’s doesn’t seem to support is “quiz-style” word searches with questions and answers. You can specify questions which appear on the puzzle page. And then whoever is solving the puzzle has to answer the question, and then find the answer in the puzzle. Great for foreign language quizzes too.

  10. iSpring QuizMaker allows creating great-looking quizzes. It has intuitive interface, supports 23 types of questions, allows inserting audio, video, formulas and images to your quiz

  11. Don’t forget my favorite website for create quizzes, http://www.qfeast.com !

    It’s so easy to create quizzes on Qfeast, I definitively recommended. You can also create stories, polls, groups and questions. You can even chat with your friends or to customize your wall!

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