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Authoring Online Exercises
Beginner to Advanced
Windows 95, 98, NT4, 2000 or XP
2 MB Hard Disk space,
Netscape 3 and higher or
Internet Explorer 4 and higher
Single-User $32.80 US
Multiple-user pricing available
Pricing is per author/instructor
TexToys is a collection of two authoring programs: WebRhubarb and WebSequitur. Both programs allow the creation of web-based exercises based on text entered by the instructor.
WebRhubarb exercises require learners to reconstruct a text word by word. The words in the text are hidden and then uncovered as the students type them. If the learner types the wrong word or spells a word incorrectly it is collected in a list of incorrect words. Learners can receive hints if necessary.
WebSequitur breaks a text into segments of equal length and asks students to reorder these segments.
Creating these exercises is very simple. Instructors type a text and then export it in a webpage format. The exercises can then be used offline or uploaded to a server, hotpotatoes.net, for access online. The offline version can be viewed without a connection to the Internet but your computer must have an Internet browser such as Netscape. The online version can be accessed on any computer which has an Internet connection.
A shareware version of this software can be downloaded from http://www.cict.co.uk/software/textoys/index.htm. The shareware version restricts you to short exercises and doesn’t allow you to upload your exercises to the Internet.