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educational toolsWe have had quite a few overviews of various educational tools already including online learning tools Websites For Students: 10 Online Learning Tools Websites For Students: 10 Online Learning Tools Read More , top ten student tools GradeGuru's Top Ten Student Tools for 2010 GradeGuru's Top Ten Student Tools for 2010 Read More and language learning tools 18 Great Sites to Learn a New Language 18 Great Sites to Learn a New Language Read More . Today, we are going to talk about teaching tools for a change.

Today’s set of tools will make anyone’s learning super-engaging: whether you have (or plan) kids or you want to earn some cash by tutoring someone, the tools will come in handy.

ProProfs, the site we have mentioned a couple of times on MUO already, has a variety of free educational apps and games which need a closer look. The toolset has been featured on various powerful educational portals including TheJournal, Assett and Profy.

Unlike our previous reviews of the tool features, this one will focus on the educational value of the free web apps.

1. Quizzes

Apart from creating fun personality quizzes to engage and entertain your blog visitors, ProProfs Quiz Maker can be used for educational purposes.

educational toolsIdea: The tool is perfect for assessing people’s knowledge of the topic as well as identifying “weak” areas: where most people tend to err.

Sample educational quizzes:

Creating a quiz might take you a bit of time (simply because you need to provide questions and several answers for each). So before creating the quiz using the tool I usually draft the quiz structure in Excel and once I have all the info, complete the form.

The very first step is to provide the quiz name, description and your questions (with answers). The quiz allows to choose between various types of question types: “Multiple answers”, “True/False”, “Fill in the blanks”, “Essay type”. The best thing is that you can make each question interactive by adding images or embedding video:

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Then you will need to set the result type; the tool supports:

  • Pass / fail result;
  • Letter grading;
  • Good / excellent result;
  • Customized result (where you provide the scoring system of your own).

Here’s an example of letter grading settings (you can also set the max time and configure the certificate settings):

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2. Flashcards

Flashcards section allows to create your own flashcards as well as browse through already created ones in various categories.

educational toolsIdea: Easily summarize and organize complex material to let kids always have it by hand (print and download your flashcards for further reference).

Sample flashcard: French verbs

Creating a flashcard is fun: you can use images, formatting and various colors to visualize your data sets more effectively:

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3. Brain Games

Besides interactive fun games How To Create Topical Brain Games To Embed On Your Blog How To Create Topical Brain Games To Embed On Your Blog Read More , ProProf’s Brain Games section allows to create several types of fun word games including:

  • Word search game;
  • Crossword game;
  • Word scrample game.
educational softwareIdea: You can get your kids easier remember the spelling of new words by creating a crossword and letting them take it several times in a row. The crossword will vary the words each time it’s reloaded.

Sample crossword: Superheroes

Creating a word game really takes seconds. All you need is the concept and words in mind. After that it’s just the matter of copy-pasting: the software will create a puzzle of that itself:

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And here’s our cute little MUO-authors crossword which took us two seconds to create:

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Do you think tools like that could make learning (as well as teaching) much more fun (and thus much more enjoyable and effective)?

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  1. James008
    November 2, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Nice tools for online learning! If the quiz can be transferred to flash file, that would be better.

  2. Hannes Breuer
    August 30, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Nice Comprehensive list! Thanks for sharing. I absolutely love this article and for sure will be using some of the suggested techniques for my students and classes. I like Brain Games idea! I would think great way to work with special need in education, which may depend on how works!?

  3. Technolic
    August 13, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Awesome one,it gonna be more fun while learning :)

  4. jhonyclark
    August 13, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Online educational is becoming very popular in this days...We can learn much more in short time interval..
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  5. Saikat Basu
    August 13, 2010 at 7:27 am

    The best thing about these online educational tools is that you can set up learning classes or your kids at home, and if you involve them, they also get to have fun while educating themselves.

    • Ann Smarty
      August 13, 2010 at 7:50 am

      Exactly! You can make the learning process much more fun and engaging!

    • Angela Alcorn
      August 13, 2010 at 1:25 pm

      Absolutely. And kids LOVE having things personalised just for them.