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New apps in the app library

Have you tried our new word quiz games yet? In February we launched two new and free educational apps that have received good feedback from teachers. The games, Hangman and Crossword puzzle, are available from the app library and are easily included in courses in itslearning.

Crossword puzzle

The itslearning crossword builder is designed to reduce the time needed to create a crossword to an absolute minimum. The teacher simply fills in a form with words and clues after which the app generates a crossword in a split second.

And why don't you let your student's create their own crosswords? This can double the value of the tool as the students are required to think twice: first when coming up with a keyword and again when providing an explanation for it.


Hangman is based on the traditional pen and pencil game in which one player thinks of a word, phrase or sentence and the other tries to guess it by suggesting letters. For each suggested word that does not occur in the word, the other player draws one element of the hanged man stick figure as a tally mark. When the stickman is complete, the guesser loses.

In the itslearning app, if the suggested letter does not occur in the word, a monkey will lose one of his 11 bananas or an elephant will lose one of his 11 body parts. The game is over when the guessing participant guesses the whole word correctly or the monkey has lost all his bananas or the elephant has disappeared.

See how the games work:

Result of internal developer festival

The ideas for the above described apps were born at an internal ‘developer festival’ last year in which all our developers were given free reins for a couple of days and were allowed to make whatever they wanted. Usually the developers receive specifications from a group of designers who create new functionality and features and the developers make the features according to this design.

Many saw the developer festival as an opportunity to finally realise their own ideas. At the last day the developers presented their work and the two best entries made it into the itslearning platform and are now available for millions of users. But the hangman and crossword apps – now available for millions of users – are solely the work of the developers. Perhaps you should give your students free reins some times as well? Perhaps letting them make their own crosswords is a good start?

Read more about how the itslearning developers and testers work.

Where do I find the apps?

It’s really easy, you just need to go to the App Library, add the apps to your course and start creating games. Read how to add crossword and hangman games in the help.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Annemiek wrote:
Nice game, but I find out that it's not possible to copy a crossword puzzle to another map. It's only possible to replace it. That's a pity, because that makes the app worthless to me, as contentdevelopher. I would appreciate it, if this lack is corrected.

Fri, April 5, 2013 @ 1:03 AM

2. Lars-Jacob Hove wrote:
Hi Annemiek, and thank you for your input. Copying crosswords (and also Hangman puzzles) is something we are looking into for the future. I also would encourage you to post this to our idea portal (http://itslearning.accept-ideas.com/communities/itslearning-ideas-portal/ideas/recent). This will let us track and process the interest in this idea from both yourself and the rest of our user community.

Mon, April 8, 2013 @ 2:44 PM

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