How to Use Hot Potatoes Marshall G. Jones - Winthrop University

How to Use Hot Potatoes Marshall G. Jones - Winthrop University

How to Use Hot Potatoes Marshall G. Jones - Winthrop University


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How to Use Hot Potatoes

Marshall G. Jones

Hot Potatoes is a great piece of software that lets you build assessments or other types of

interactive programs. It is described on their web site this way:

“The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to

create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence,

crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide

Web. Hot Potatoes is not freeware, but it is free of charge for those

working for publicly-funded non-profit-making educational institutions,

who make their pages available on the web.”

This sheet is intended to show you how to install the software. It also provides a brief

tutorial on how to use one aspect of Hot Potatoes. To learn more, there are a number of

tutorials provided on their web site that will show you how to build any type of

assessment instrument. I would encourage you to think about how you would use the

software in other ways besides assessment too. When you use Hot Potatoes in the lab at

Winthrop University, you must install it every time you log in. If you install it on your

computer at home or work you would only install it once. Here are the directions to

install the software at home or in the lab.

1. Go to the Hot Potatoes web site: http://web.uvic.ca/hrd/halfbaked/

2. Click on Download it

3. You want Hot Potatoes Windows 98/ME/NT4/2000/XP (version 6.0.3, selfextracting,

auto-installing zip file) in the lab and likely off campus as well,

though you will want to check your configuration off campus just in case.

4. When you see the box that appears below, click on the Open button.

5. It will begin its installation process automatically. When you see the message box

below, click on the Setup button. Follow all of the instructions, making sure to

accept the licensing agreements.

6. Hot Potatoes is now ready to use.

Basic Use: Making a Matching Quiz

1. Open Hot Potatoes and you will see the following menu for their suite of


2. Put your cursor on the potato and it will turn green (kind of gross). Click the

mouse to select it. This tutorial uses Jmatch.

3. You will see the following screen:

4. Fill in the Title (What the question will say) and put in your items to match. You

could use states and capitals, math symbols and names, parts of speech and

names, or anything else. I am doing the easiest thing I could think of, which

appears below.

5. When you write the question, make sure that the item on the left is matched with

the item on the right. The software will jumble them for you. You are ready to

save it as a web page. In Hot Potatoes, click on the File menu, drag down to

Create Web page, and over to Web Page for V6 Browsers. This is shown in the

diagram below.

6. You will get the following dialogue box. This is saving your question as a

webpage. I called this one firstmatch.htm.

7. When you see your file on your Z:\ drive, right click on it and copy it.

8. Log into Birdnest.

9. Right click any where in the Folder List on the left side of the screen and paste it.

You can now link to it as you would any other file. You can edit it as well.

10. You can see the page I just created at:


11. I also did one with pictures. You can see it here:


You build it the same way, but in the left hand column choose the option to insert

a picture. You can use the button indicated below:

12. You will see the following after you select your picture:

13. Erase any information out of Alt Text and Title (this would show the user a name

of the picture. In my example, I think I forgot to erase it on the first three pictures.

Also note what it says in Link URL. This is the path to the picture from either

your Z:\ drive (in the lab) or your Hard Drive if you are working at home. This is

important because to get the pictures to show up on your web page you will need

to work with this.

14. When your pictures are done, create a web page out of it (See step 5 above)

15. Move the page to your website as described above (See steps 8 & 9).

16. When you look at it, you will notice that the pictures do not show up. You must

find all of the pictures and copy them from your Z:\ drive (in the lab) or your hard

drive (somewhere other than the lab) and paste them into your folder list the same

way you did with the web page.

17. Now you must change the path of the picture. Don’t freak out, it is easy. Do this:

a. Right click on the space where the picture is supposed to be on your page.

(it should be marked with a small red x).

b. Drag down to Picture Properties.

c. Click on the General tab.

d. In the picture source box it will say something like:

“My Pictures/dean_140.jpg”

e. Erase the “/” and everything to the left of it leaving only the picture name

and the file extension, then click OK. Your picture should show up.

Repeat as necessary.

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