Make Vocabulary Fun With an Easy, Free Make-Your-Own Word Search

Make Vocabulary Fun With an Easy, Free Make-Your-Own Word Search

Word Search and Cross Words add a fun Element of Gamification to Vocabulary or Terminology Assessments

While working to redesign a Digital Literacy course here at , I found myself wanting a fun way to assess information technology terminology. I am not a fan of quizzes for something like this, for numerous reasons. I prefer an exercise that is active, engaging and stimulates thought in a variety of ways. I wanted to ‘gamify’ the assessment to some extent if I could.

After some thought, I realized that there are a variety of traditional old fashioned ‘puzzles’ that were great for this purpose! I decided on a combination of Word Search, Cross Words, and ‘Matching’ (match the word or phrase to the definition).

I went in search of tools for creating Word Searches and Cross Words Puzzles. I was hoping for a free tool that was easy to use, and was somewhat configurable. Ideally, I also did not want to have to create an account. I found what I was looking for at Discovery Education. They have an excellent set of .

Here is the Word Search tool I used to create the Word Search parts of the terminilogy assessment I develped for the course: .

An Example: An EdTech Word Search

To add a little more fun to this post, I went ahead and created an ‘edtech’ terminology word search.

Have fun with this Education Technology Word Search. It took me all of 5 minutes to create this using from Discovery Education!

WORD LIST: Search for these education and technology words in this puzzle:

blogging
webquest
adaptive
edtech
gamification
tutorial
video
podcast
assessment
collaboration
smartphone
analytics
etext
mobile
PBL
screencast
media

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