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Tools for Educators This is easy to create. If unable to generate a crossword with the words provided you will get an error message. I had to make 2 adjustments before my puzzle would generate. I was able to print an answer key and student handout. I plan to use this site to create crossword puzzles, at least for now.
Student Handout and Answer Key. The image below is of just the student handout.This link will take you to just the student handout
OTHER APPLICATIONS I REVIEWED
Crossword Hobbyist is not free though it looks very good.
Puzzle Maker has some free options but the better features come with a price
Share a Puzzle costs $5 per puzzle or $12.00 a year or $24 for three years. After your purchase you can:
Hot Potato is free but the export feature is clunky.
The Teacher's Corner. I was able to make a free crossword puzzle and generate a pdf document and an image file. I was able to increase the size of the image file. The pdf image was too small. The result is pretty plain but workable. There are various paid options though I am not sure the resulting image is bigger.
WordMint. I like the way you can see the puzzle take shape as you add clues and words. There is a rearrange feature which allows you to see other configuration options. I like the size of the puzzle and you have font size options. You are able to print an answer key but you need to pay a one-time $17.99 to print student handouts if you have more than 5 clues. Link to a 5 question crossword puzzle and answer key from WordMint
I plan to use these puzzles as a way to summarize the key points at the end of the training session. My colleague Suzy used the phrase "Exit Ticket."
This activity will also work at the state of a new session to review content from a previous session.