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 'Use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning' (ICT-REV) project of the European Centre for Modern Languages project! The inventory contains a list of tools that have been evaluated with sound pedagogical criteria in mind. Read more

Hot Potatoes

A freeware suite of six apps for creating computer-based quizzes (multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill). It needs to be installed on your laptop for use. The products can be uploaded onto course management- systems such as Moodle.

Evaluation: Still one of the most commonly used tools for production of quizzes, tests, crosswords and other testing material 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 required for its use.
Cost: Free without registration



Principal functions(s)
  • Quiz maker
Type of interaction
  • One to many (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)
  • You supply
Language skills
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar

Pedagogical Criteria

User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple
Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task Time efficiency: Medium (It may take some time to get acquainted with all the possibilities of the tool and to actually create a quiz, but as with all tools of this type, time efficiency grows rapidly with use of the tool).
The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to Multilinguality: English only
Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous? Respect for privacy: Strong
Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction Saving work for future use: Yes
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) Tailorability (If so, how?) Meduim/High


Technical requirements

Installation required? Yes
Compatability/Operating System: Windows, Mac, Linux
Other tech requirements: None