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Inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources

Welcome to the inventory of freely available online tools and open educational resources for language teaching and learning developed by the ICT-REV project! The inventory contains a list of tools that have been evaluated with specific criteria in mind. Read more
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This tool was developed within the framework of a cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages and the European Commission

Hot Potatoes

Principal function(s): Crossword puzzle creatorsQuiz/exercise makers

Hot Potatoes is a software suite used for creating interactive exercises and quizzes for language learning and other educational purposes. Through Hot Potatoes, users can create various types of interactive exercises, including multiple-choice, short answer, crossword puzzles, and matching exercises. They can also customise the exercises with their own content and formatting preferences. Once created, exercises can be exported as HTML files and uploaded to learning management systems such as Moodle for students to access and complete. Hot Potatoes is free to use but requires installation. It was developed by Martin Holmes and Stewart Arneil at the University of Victoria in Canada. Evaluation: Hot Potatoes is a valuable and handy tool for producing quizzes, tests, crosswords, and other testing materials for educational purposes. It may take some time to create tests, but in the long run, it is a great time-saver for teachers. Average IT skills are required for its use.

Cost: Free, requires installation.

Website: https://hotpot.uvic.ca/



Type Of Interaction

  • Group/pair work - classmates
  • Individual work


  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar


  • You supply


Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface

Simple, slightly old-fashioned.

Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task


Interface language(s) The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to

English only.

Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?

High (?). There is no privacy section on Hot Potatoes’ site, but yes on Half-baked’s, which is the software company that developed it. Half-Baked claims that it does not collect user data beyond what is necessary, so it abstains from using data for marketing or advertising. Its privacy code mentions security measures and user consent as a legal basis. Users can withdraw their consent and thus modify or delete their data on Hot Potatoes. It does not mention compliance with the GDPR. See more here.

Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction


Tailorability (If so, how?) Possibility of the tool to be used for a range of different activities (e.g. to what extent you can organize a project assignment with a central activity based on this tool)

High. Different kinds of quizzes and exercises can be created through six apps, making Hot Potatoes quite tailorable.





Technical requirements

Installation required?


Compatibility/ Operating System

Windows, Mac, Linux.

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