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!
1. 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
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
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
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.
5. Languages Online
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!
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
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/
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!
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)