Puzzle Generators

EclipseCrossword: Generator (free) does great web-based crossword puzzles.

Hot Potatoes: 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 for the World Wide Web. Hot Potatoes is not freeware, but it is free of charge for those working for publicly-funded non-profit-making educational institutions, who make their pages available on the web. Other users must pay for a licence.

Quandry: Quandary is an application for creating Web-based Action Mazes. An Action Maze is a kind of interactive case-study; the user is presented with a situation, and a number of choices as to a course of action to deal with it. On choosing one of the options, the resulting situation is then presented, again with a set of options. Working through this branching tree is like negotiating a maze, hence the name "Action Maze". Action mazes can be used for many purposes, including problem-solving, diagnosis, procedural training, and surveys/questionnaires.

Lateral thinking puzzles

Gamemaker Shareware ($15)

The Games-to-Teach Project focused on designing a set of 10 conceptual frameworks of educational games in AP / Introductory college-level math, science, engineering, social science, and humanities education. The goal of this exercise was to develop a vision of how games could be used to support learning, as well as to research the issues behind developing and marketing next-generational games.

Serious Games Resources and Links: from Learning Times

Create Your Own Adventure: Can be a good ice breaker exercise

Create Interactive games: Design your own or use pre-made games from this site.

Variety of games (small membership fee)

Game-O-Matic: This Website by the Center for Language Education and Research at Michigan State University, offers free access to eight online programs that generate interactive Web-based games based on user input. Game formats include concentration, drag-and-drop, timed matching, sentence mix, cloze, multiple-choice, and storyboard. Once created, the games must be saved to your computer and then uploaded to an intranet.

Puzzlemaker at DiscoverySchool.com

Flash Learning Games from Dr. Dan Lim, Director of the Instructional Technology Center, University of Minnesota, Crookston.

Play Station at Utah Valley State College builds games and quizzing tools with imagination - converting text to games and tool.

Thiagi Game Workshops and Newsletters Freebies, how-tos and newsletter.

Teachopolis Game Index