Hot Potatoes

Short link to this page: http://bit.ly/MAELT_HP

Hot Potatoes is a powerful suite of Web authoring tools from Half-Baked Software Inc. and the University of Victoria Humanities Computing and Media Centre. The program can be downloaded from their site which also contains various support and recommended examples. 

In essence, we download the program and use it to make web-based activities: clozes, crosswords, jumbled sentences and quizzes. It is very easy to make these simple, single activities but customising them in various ways can be quite demanding. They integrate easily and well into Moodle courses. 

Thousands of teachers have used Hot Potatoes to create exercises, strung them together into learning series, and uploaded them to the web. 

Many of them are of very dubious quality as they have not been created for your students or with your view of language and language acquisition in mind. The Hot Potatoes Tutorials provides some useful guidance in this regard. 

Over the years, I have created many activities using Hot Potatoes. The video examples linked on the right were designed to demonstrate several uses of video in HPs for language learning, including follow up activities. 

Hijacking Hot Potatoes

This book by Stan Bogdanov is dedicated to extending the capabilities of Hot Potatoes. It is intended to help you make the best use of the Hot Potatoes suite so that you maximize the learning opportunities for students.

The recipes in this book are both simple tricks and more complex code implementations that bring more interactivity into the exercises created with Hot Potatoes as well as when it is integrated into in Moodle.



Here are four links to interactive exercises created in Hot Potatoes that each revolve around a very short video.

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Body Language in Job Interviews James Thomas Intermediate + Students read a text and choose the word from a list that a picture represents. This is followed by ten MC questions on the language of the text. 
Colligation James Thomas Intermediate students What forms follow verbs such as manage, let, make? 
His Bark is worse than his bite James Thomas Intermediate A dialogue ending with this idiom: first exercise deals with contractions in spoken language. The second exercise requires sts to put the words of each sentence in the dialogue in order. 
Labelling the parts of a computer James Thomas Elementary Very simple and not very attractive page in which HPs can be seen as a simple tool for labelling a picture. 
Synonyms in context James Thomas Intermediate+ Students read a short text and choose a synonym for a polysemous word. The context is essential for this. 
The Aviator James Thomas Intermediate students Originally created as demonstration of all the modules in Hot Potatoes. Also uses Compleat Lexical Tutor 
Trying to use HPs to teach basics of verbs James Thomas Elementary students This is not great, it is quite old, tho I suspect it could be resuscitated and made useful. 
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