I’ve mentioned Hot Potatoes in connection to Moodle on this blog several times, and indeed, last year, made a Three minute Hot Potato in your Moodle video, just to prove how easy they are. Hot Potatoes is free software enabling you to make different types of exercises such as matchup, crossword, gap fill etc, and their big advantage is that when uploaded to the HotPot module in Moodle their scores are recorded in Moodle’s gradebook. In Moodle 1.9 the HotPot module is available as standard, although admin needs to open its eye. In Moodle 2.0, the module will be available as contrib, along with an enhanced module called Quizport/Taskchain which allows you to bring in other activities as well as Hot Potatoes and link them together in a much more sophisticated way.
The man responsible for putting Hot Potatoes into Moodle is Gordon Bateson, who works in Japan, but who is on a visit to Europe this summer. Gordon had the idea that it would be nice to have a “mini – moot” devoted solely to Hot Potatoes and Quizport/Taskchain. So here it is! Details below:
- Hot Potatoes Mini-Moot in Paris, on 23rd August
- The venue is in Montparnasse at the Maison de la Salle, Rue De Sèvres. They have rooms for meetings and also basic accommodation which is available the Monday night before and the Tuesday after the event.
- The site with more information and to register is here - why not put your name down and come along and learn from other users, or even volunteer a presentation on how you use Hot Potatoes in your establishment?
I just booked my tickets tonight (on Eurostar) and am looking forward to attending, along with two tag-along children who’ll be sightseeing in Paris while I sit back and watch the show! I am excited about meeting people I have known online for several years – hope to see you there