Teacher Tools: Puzzle, Quiz, and Activity Builders
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How can I make my own online puzzles and quizzes?
How can I build online communications projects for my class?
Explore websites that help teachers and students create puzzles, worksheets, quizzes, and other online materials makers.
If you just want to have some fun, check out The Generator Blog. It contains lots of websites to generate fun things from wallets and trading cards to wanted posters.
Teacher Tool Starting Point
Many educators use full-service teacher websites that provide a wide variety of tools and resources. These are the most popular options, but there are many other subscription services.
- 4teacher.org (free, some subscription) - this free resource began as a federally funded project, but is becoming increasingly subscription-based.
- Discovery Teaching Tools (free, but advertising) - lots of great tools, but also contains advertising.
- Toolkit from Scholastic (free, scholastic ads) - contains graphic organizers, rubric maker, flash card maker, to-do list, calendar and much more including home page option.
- Teach-nology (subscription-based, lots of annoying advertising) - different subscription levels are provided
Blogs are web logs that arrange postings (i.e., text, graphics, audio, video entries) in reverse chronological order. Most allow comments. They're a great place to journal, log ideas, and gather reactions.
- General Services
- Education Specific Services
If you want to be able to access your bookmarks from any computer, try a bookmarking service. This is an easy way to organize starting points for young people. Social bookmarking has become popular. These tools allow users to add tags to describe the contains of the page. Others can then find associated website resources.
- General Bookmarking Services
- Social Bookmarking
Whether creating daily assignments or organizing school activities, you'll find an online calendar to meet your needs. Before you choose, think about who will access the calendar and whether you want it to be collaborative.
- General Purpose Collaborative Calendars
- Education Specific Calendars
These tools provide features such as course rosters, discussion forums, quiz builders, upload/download documents, email and more. Although designed for teaching online courses, they can be used by anyone who wants to use course tools.
- Blackboard (subscription only) - build an online course; technical support provided with subscription
- Moodle (free open source) - open source course builder; easy to install on your own web server.
Collaborative Documents and Graphic Organizers
You may use Microsoft Office, Inspiration, and other desktop applications. However when you need a collaborative tool, look for online applications.
- Gliffy (free) - share and collaborate on concept maps
- Google Docs and Spreadsheets (free) - share and collaborate on word processing documents or spreadsheets
If you'd like your students to participate in open or closed class discussions, you'll need a tool for creating forums and class discussions.
- General Purpose Forums
- Educational Specific Tools
If you need a permanent email address, consider one of the many email services.
- General Services
- School Specific Services
If you like to read blogs but are overwhelmed with keeping track of all the options, you need a feed reader. Also known as an web reader or RSS feed reader, this tool will help you get organized. It can be used for all kinds of web feeds including text, images, audio, and video.
Lesson Plan Builders
A lesson plan builder can help you organize and store your lessons.
- Lesson Planner from Discovery (free, with advertising)
Notes Resources and Tools
Tools are available for taking notes online as well as help for writing professional notes (i.e., letters to parents, permission forms).
- Casa Notes from 4teachers.org (provides templates for teacher notes)
Create your own personalized home page. These tools will help you access and organize news, weather, blogs, and other up-to-date resources. You can access anything with an RSS feed. Select a theme with your favorite colors and images.
- General Purpose
- Designed for Young People
If you're making rubrics, try the following rubric makers.
- Rubistar (free) - this rubric generator helps you create rubrics from templates in six different areas
- Teach-nology Rubric Generator (free, lots of annoying adds, or subscription) - learn to create a dozen different types of rubrics.
Quiz and Survey Builders
- Profiler PRO (free) - survey maker
- QuizStar by 4teachers (60 day trial; subscription)
- Quiz Center from Discovery School (free)
- Quia - subscription (30 day trial; subscription)
- QuickBox - helps you create a quick that can be placed on your blog (just provides feedback)
- Survey Monkey - basic features are free
- Zoomerang - choose basic level for free (10 day window of data storage)
Web Page Builders
- Activity Pages
- Teacher Pages
- Student Pages
- Project Poster (free) - student project pages
- General Purpose
Want to great your own wiki? Try one of the free websites or download some software to your own web server.
- Wiki Services
- Open Source Software
- Php Wiki (free, GPL) - uses PHP
More Tools and Builders
- Google Labs (free) - check out the latest tools and other options
- 37 Signals - basics are free
- LiveDocs (free) - software to partner and share Office documents
- WetPaint (free) - combines forums, wikis, and website building
Puzzles, Certificates, and Flash Card Makers
Lists of Links to Teacher Resources
Use building tools to create a project.