There are several online tools that let you input the url address of a text or email, or let you paste your own text into it, and then the site automatically “outputs” interactive questions or games to test student comprehension.
I’ve had some concerns about these kinds of tools in the past (which is why I have the “Best” in the headline in quotation mark) since some, at least, did not let you edit them once they were created. That might or might not still be an issue – I just haven’t checked them recently. If you can edit them, these tools can be timesavers and excellent ways to help students learn.
The tools I’m listing here have been specifically created to help language learners, though they can obviously be used for other students, too.
I’m sure there are others out there – please let me know what I’m missing!
Here’s what I have right now:
The wonderful IslCollective will turn any YouTube video into an interactive vocabulary or grammar game.
Knowt will automatically create flashcards quizzes from a document you upload. You can learn more about it from Richard Byrne.
Here’s what I previously wrote about another one:
Thanks to The Backseat Linguist, I learned about The Language Muse. It appears to be Educational Testing Service’s (ETS) attempt to break into the English Language Learner market. It will take any text you give it and automatically turn it into a zillion different learning activities you can either assign electronically or via paper.
I have lots of concerns about tools that spit out automatic activities (see “textivate” Has Potential, But…..), but you might want to try out The Language Muse. You have to request a password, and I received one within twelve hours. It seems free to use now, but I think it’s a safe bet that ETS will be charging schools in the not-so-distant future.
Yippity will use Artificial Intelligence to create a quiz out of any text you paste into it.
Rewordify is an amazing tool and has been on The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels” for years. However, I recently learned from Blog de Cristina that it also now allows you to automatically create quizzes.
Quizgecko use AI to create automatic quizzes from any document or url address.
Quiz Growth is supposed to create quizzes automatically from url addresses.
QuestGen will automatically generate questions for any text, including ones on Bloom’s Taxonomy levels.