Hot Potatoes and Audio Flashcards

As of September 1, 2009, Hot Potatoes (and Quandary) became freeware software. Anyone can download and use the flashcard and exercise authoring programs, whether or not you’re affiliated with a university or upload your work to the web. I use HP for work and for my website. I’ve made several flash cards and quizzes for French, Italian and German so far. With the help of flash mp3 players, I’m starting to make audio flashcards too. I started with FSI Italian and now I’m focusing on French since I know that’s the most popular tutorial on my site.

I also use the Before You Know It flashcard program for my own personal vocabulary learning. Unlike HP, it does not create independent webpages in which to study the flashcards or do the exercises, but rather everything is within the BYKI software (or you can study through their site). It does have a lot of  functionality (create your own lists, import photos and mp3s, generate multiple choice quizzes, dictations, etc.), but only if you buy the Deluxe version. The Lite version is free, but limits you to studying only the lists that can be downloaded through their website.

There are some websites like Wordchamp (free) and Quia (not free) where you can create flashcards, games and quizzes, but the main problem with these sites is that all of your work is stored on their server – so if the website goes down someday, you will lose everything. At least with HP, you have the original HP files and the HTML files saved on your hard drive. The same is true of BYKI, obviously.

I wish there were some way to integrate BYKI and HP flashcards though. I like using them both, but BYKI helps save time because the exercises are automatically generated; however, HP is completely free and can be made into webpages so you can share them with everyone with an internet connection.  There’s no need for learners to download and install software. In addition, the BYKI word lists can only be printed, and not copied into a word processor or exported into HTML as with HP.

I would like to be able to create both versions of flashcards for my website for those who prefer BYKI. As it is right now, I would have to type in the lists and import the mp3s separately for each program which means twice the work. I’ll probably just stick with HP for now though since I can share the flashcards and exercises with the most number of people.

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  • http://www.angelaineurope.blogspot.com/ Angela

    Thanks for the great information. I will definitely use these sites!
    .-= Angela´s last blog ..Je suis une ‘Country’ Fille au Cœur =-.

  • http://www.angelaineurope.blogspot.com/ Angela

    Thanks for the great information. I will definitely use these sites!
    .-= Angela´s last blog ..Je suis une ‘Country’ Fille au Cœur =-.

  • http://www.angelaineurope.blogspot.com Angela

    Thanks for the great information. I will definitely use these sites!
    .-= Angela´s last blog ..Je suis une ‘Country’ Fille au Cœur =-.

  • http://family-counts.blogspot.com/ barbara

    Hi Jennie,
    What wonderful resources there are now for teachers. I feel pretty old having taught Uni French way before all this.

    We got in Friday from Quebec city. My first time there & found the History really interesting .We did Montreal for 5 days too ( my second trip there). We lucked out with the weather for both legs of the trip.
    .-= barbara´s last blog ..The Falls of Montmorency =-.

  • http://family-counts.blogspot.com/ barbara

    Hi Jennie,
    What wonderful resources there are now for teachers. I feel pretty old having taught Uni French way before all this.

    We got in Friday from Quebec city. My first time there & found the History really interesting .We did Montreal for 5 days too ( my second trip there). We lucked out with the weather for both legs of the trip.
    .-= barbara´s last blog ..The Falls of Montmorency =-.

  • http://family-counts.blogspot.com/ barbara

    Hi Jennie,
    What wonderful resources there are now for teachers. I feel pretty old having taught Uni French way before all this.

    We got in Friday from Quebec city. My first time there & found the History really interesting .We did Montreal for 5 days too ( my second trip there). We lucked out with the weather for both legs of the trip.
    .-= barbara´s last blog ..The Falls of Montmorency =-.

  • bandsxbands

    It’s interesting to see just how permeant memory has become in our everyday lives. It seems like everywhere I turn, I see something with a card slot or USB port . I guess it makes sense though, considering how cheap memory has become as of late…Gahhhh, I shouldn’t be complaining. I can’t get by a day without my R4 / R4i!(Posted on N3T for R4i Nintendo DS.)

  • bandsxbands

    It’s interesting to see just how permeant memory has become in our everyday lives. It seems like everywhere I turn, I see something with a card slot or USB port . I guess it makes sense though, considering how cheap memory has become as of late…Gahhhh, I shouldn’t be complaining. I can’t get by a day without my R4 / R4i!(Posted on N3T for R4i Nintendo DS.)

  • bandsxbands

    It’s interesting to see just how permeant memory has become in our everyday lives. It seems like everywhere I turn, I see something with a card slot or USB port . I guess it makes sense though, considering how cheap memory has become as of late…Gahhhh, I shouldn’t be complaining. I can’t get by a day without my R4 / R4i!(Posted on N3T for R4i Nintendo DS.)

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Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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