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Hot Potatoes

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Hot Potatoes is an easy to use suite of five authoring tools for educators, teachers, and other individuals putting educational material on the Web. The Hot Potatoes applets help you use HTML and JavaScript to create a range of interactive exercises suitable for educational purposes (including multiple-choice, short-answer, gap-fill, crossword, and jumbled-sentence exercises).However, you don't need to know any HTML or JavaScript to use them. This suite includes new versions of JBC, JQuiz, and... More
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Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: Executable Program
Date Added to MERLOT: March 21, 2000
Date Modified in MERLOT: March 15, 2015
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Submitter: Frank Zittle


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Primary Audience: Professional
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: Download
Language: English
Material Version: 4.0
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Avatar for Rebecca Wall
2 years ago

Rebecca Wall (Faculty)

The peer review correctly notes that the HTML output pages cannot be edited with the Hot Potatoes program. However, I have occasionally made minor edits by opening the output page in FrontPage or a similar program. It's not easy to find the material that needs correction, but by using the search function one can usually do it.

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6 years ago

Rebecca Wall (Faculty)

I've been using this software for several years. It's easy to understand and customize, and it allows one to create several kinds of online learning materials. I use it mainly for online drill and review materials, but I have used it to create exercises for use in a lab classroom too.

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15 years ago

Peter Shea (Faculty)

1. I have used this program as a tool for graduate students who wanted to build
relatively advanced websites for language learners. It is very effective and
the students loved it. The price is right (free for non-commercial use) and the
program is comprhensive and well documented.

2. The quality of the content is not really an appropriate category unless we
are talking about the design of the program (which is excellent).

3. This is a great tool for students in teacher education programs who want to
build their own teaching and learning web sites. If we think about this as a
tool for the resolution of a problem, such as building a website that will help
students learn, then it is terrific.

4. My students were able to build fairly advanced site (considering their low
incoming skills).