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FLOSS Friday: BingoCardMaker

June 25th, 2010

One of the projects I found from a Datamation article listing 50 Open Source Tools That Replace Popular Education Apps is BingoCardMaker.  This is a simple little Java application (which means that it will work in Linux, Mac, and Windows) that you use to make random bingo cars.  You specify the color scheme of the text and image outlines, the collection of images to use for the cards, the number or rows and columns in each card, the number of cards to generate, and details about the size and format of the resulting card images.  Note that this program only uses images for its cards, and does not make numbered Bingo cards that you may be used to.

You may be wondering, “Why would I want to create image based Bingo cards?”.  The answer is, “teaching”.  You could be teaching a foreign language, and call out words in that language.  People have to mark the squares that show the word being called out.  The other example comes from the sofware site itself: reading a dialog and attempting to identify all the objects (nouns) being read.

The software is a small download, and has enough flexibility that ycu could adapt it for your own teaching or rainy day activity purposes.  Since the site has detailed explanations of how to run the tool, I’ll leave you with a card generated by the program.  The images in the squares are from an icon set from Pixel Mixer.

Demo Bingo Card

Sample Bingo Card Created with BingoCardMaker

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