Interactives and printables

Wordwall can be used to create both interactive and printable activities. Most of our templates, like Quiz and Match up, are available in both an interactive and a printable version.

Interactives are played on any web-enabled device, like a computer, tablet, phone or interactive whiteboard. They can be played individually by students, or be teacher-led with students taking turns at the front of the class.

Printables can printed out directly or downloaded as a PDF file. They can be used as a companion to the interactive or as stand-alone activities.

Create using templates

Our activities are created using a template system.

These templates include familar classics like Quiz and Crossword. We also have are arcade style games like Maze Chase and Airplane, and there are classroom management tools such as Seating plan.

To make a new activity you start by selecting your template and then enter your content. It's easy and means you can create a fully interactive activity in a only a couple of minutes.

Where can I find a list of templates?

On the Home page you'll see a list of templates at the bottom. Click on any of these to see some examples.

How many templates do I get?

It depends on which type of account you have. There are 38 in total, but see Price plans for more specific information.

Can I submit ideas or suggest changes to your templates?

Absolutely, we are always open to suggestions. Please email tech@wordwall.co.uk with your feedback.

Switching template

Once you've created an activity, you can switch it to a different template with a single click. This saves you time and is great for differentiation and reinforcement.

For example, if you created a Match up activity based on names of shapes, you could turn it into a Crossword with the exact the same shape names.

In the same way we can turn your resource into a Quiz or a Wordsearch and many more possibilities too.

How do I switch my activity's template?

Look for the Switch template panel on the right hand side of every activity page.

The original template is listed at the top, with all the other options underneath.

How many templates can I switch into?

It varies depending on both the starting template and the nature of your content.

We attempt to convert your content into as many other templates as possible, so potentially dozens.

We list the best few options for each format directly in the Switch template panel.

The more esoteric options can be found under Show all.

I'm not seeing the template option I want...

The following reasons can limit the number of available options:

  • Some templates, like Anagram or Wordsearch, only work with plain text. If your material contains images, numbers, or special characters, we can't always convert them into those text-based templates.
  • Some templates require a minimum amount of content. For example, a Whack-a-mole requires at least 5 correct and 5 incorrect answers.
  • Some templates, like Random wheel, have a simple list of content, which can't be converted into more complex structures like questions and answers.

Edit any activity

There's no need to settle for pre-made activities. If you find an activity but it's not quite right, you can easily customize it to suit your class and your teaching style.

How do I edit an activity?

On any activity page, you can find an Edit content link underneath the activity itself. After adapting the activity's content, click Done to save the changes.

What happens if I edit a public activity?

The public version can only be modified by the original author, but you will get a private copy which you are free to edit.

Publish and share

Any activity you create can be made public, allowing you to share the link to it's activity page (URL). It also allows other teachers to find the activity in our community search results, play it, and build upon it.

If you prefer, you can keep activities private, which means only you can access it.

How do I publish an activity?

All activities are initially private when you create them.

To publish it click Make Public, this is found on the activity page or through your My Activities section.

You have the option to add tags for age, subject and topic. You don't have to fill this in, but it will make it easier for other teachers to find it if you do.

How can I share my activities with a colleague?

Once your activity is public, you can copy the link to the activity page (URL) and share any way you like.

There are also some buttons on the left-hand side of every activity page with which you can easily share your activity on email and social media.

Can I share a collection of activities?

Yes. In your My Activities section its possible to create folders. If these folders contain public activities, they can be shared as a whole folder.

If you click on the folder's menu, you'll find social buttons to achieve this. It's also possible to just copy the page link (URL) when you are inside a folder.

Visitors to that link will only see your public activities listed, any private ones in the same folder will be hidden. So don't forget to make the right activities public before you share the folder link.

Do I have to publish an activity to let my students access it?

You can share with your students by making an activity public and giving them the link, but it's not always the best way of doing it.

Embedding, assignments and multiplayer are all ways of having your students complete the activity. They will work whether the activity is public or private. These features also have the advantage of giving the student a more focused way of completing the task without lots of distracting options aimed at teachers.

Are my student's results also made public?

The results from assignments or multiplayer are only visible to the person who set the assignment or hosted the game. This is true whether the activity is public or private.

However if the activity has a leaderboard, this is visible to all who have access to the activity. You can switch the leaderboard off in the options underneath the activity if you don't want this.

Embedding on a website

Wordwall activities can be placed on another website using a snippet of HTML code. It works in the same way as the video embed feature you find on YouTube or Vimeo, giving you a playable activity on your own site.

This is a great way to enhance your own blog or your school's virtual learning environment (VLE).

Where can I find the embed code?

On the left-hand side of the activity page there is a column of social icons. At the bottom you'll find the </> icon. Click it to view the embed code. This can be copy and pasted into your site.

What the difference between the options?

Small icon - A compact one-line link with icon and title.

Thumbnail - A larger thumbnail image link with title underneath.

IFrame - A playable activity hosted on your own page.

The first two options offer a lightweight way of inserting a nicely formatted link on your site. Which you choose is a matter of aesthetics.

The IFrame option gives you the ability to have a fullscreen interactive experience without leaving your site, but beware embedding large numbers of these on single page as this may impact your load time.

Set assignments

Wordwall activities can be used as student-completed assignments. When a teacher sets an assignment, students are directed to that one activity without the distraction of visiting the main activity page.

This feature can be used in-class where students have access to their own devices, or as a way of setting homework.

Students access the assignment by visiting goWordwall.com. Each student's results are recorded and made available to the teacher.

You must be logged in to access this feature – sign up for free.

How do I set up an assignment?

Go to an activity page and click the Set assignment link underneath the activity window.

The page will now display a six-digit access code; the teacher must communicate this code to the students.

Students can now visit goWordwall.com and enter the access code. The students can then complete the activity.

Where can I see the results?

Visit the My Results section at the top of the page, then select the activity you want to see results for.

Individual students' results are available as soon as the student has completed the activity.

Which templates support assignments?

Airplane, Anagram, Group sort, Labelled diagram, Match up, Maze chase, Missing word, Quiz, Rank order, True or false and Unscramble

Multiplayer games

Multiplayer is a format where all students join the same game simultaneously, each on their own device. The teacher controls the flow of the game from the front of the class.

Some games are competitive, for example Quiz, where students race to give the correct answer as quickly as possible. Others such as Brainstorm facilitate a collaborative discussion.

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What hardware do I need to play multiplayer?

Each participating student needs to have their own web-enabled device, like a laptop, tablet or phone.

To host the game, the teacher needs a device with a large screen that everyone can see. It doesn't have to be an interactive screen, a laptop with data-projector will work just as well.

How do I start hosting a game?

After creating an activity that supports multiplayer, use the Switch template panel on the right hand side of the activity page to switch into the multiplayer format. This will start the game with you as the host.

How do students join the game?

Once you've started the game, students need to go to goWordwall.com and enter the access code shown on the teacher's screen. Then they only need to enter their name and wait for the teacher to start the game.

Where can I see the results?

Feedback of the results is integrated into the flow of the game.

However you can also view the results in the panel at the bottom of the activity page.

Results from any past multiplayer game can be accessed in your My Results section at the top of the page.

Which templates support multiplayer?

Brainstorm, Category brainstorm, Graph, Quiz and Sketch pad.