Device that does computations and makes logical comparisons according to the instructions it receives
The physical components of a computer
The intangible components of a computer system, particularly the programs that the computer needs to perform a specific task
Whatever goes into the computer. Input can take a variety of forms, from commands you enter from the keyboard to data from another computer or device
The most frequently used input device; consists of three major parts: the main keyboard, the keypads, and the function keys
a silicon chip located on the motherboard that is responsible for executing instructions to process data; also called microprocessor
A display device that forms an image by converting electrical signals from the computer into points of colored light on the screen
The peripheral computer component that produces a hard copy of the text or graphics processed by the computer
A pointing device that has a laser guide on its underside and two or more buttons for clicking commands; you control the movement of the pointer by moving the entire mouse around on your desk
A device that reads the information contained on a disk. The drive may be permanently installed inside the computer (hard disk drive) or contain a slot for entering the disk from outside the computer (floppy disk drive or compact disk drive) Disk
A round, metal platter in the hard drive of the computer; it stores large amounts of information Hard
A hard plastic disk approximately 12 cm (4 in.) in diameter on which information such as music or computer data is digitally encoded in a format readable by laser beam
Digital versatile disk, recorded with optical technology that contains full-length (2-hour) motion pictures for viewing on a personal computer or on a TV screen
Portable storage device capable of storing hundreds of floppy disk Jump
A device that "takes a picture" of something and turns it into a computerized image
A computer program that provides services to other computer programs (and their users) in the same computer or other computers
Chips on cards plugged into the motherboard that temporarily hold programs and data while the computer is turned on; volatile memory
A chip on the motherboard that is prerecorded with and permanently stores the set of instructions that the computer uses when you turn in on; permanent
One character of storage space on disk or in RAM
(Binary digit) the representation of data as a 1 or 0
Can be located on your hard drive for file storage. Allow users to organize files
A collection of data stored in one unit, identified by a filename. It can be a document, picture, audio or video stream, data library, application, or other collection of data

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a crossword?

Crossword puzzles have been published in newspapers and other publications since 1873. They consist of a grid of squares where the player aims to write words both horizontally and vertically.

Next to the crossword will be a series of questions or clues, which relate to the various rows or lines of boxes in the crossword. The player reads the question or clue, and tries to find a word that answers the question in the same amount of letters as there are boxes in the related crossword row or line.

Some of the words will share letters, so will need to match up with each other. The words can vary in length and complexity, as can the clues.

Who is a crossword suitable for?

The fantastic thing about crosswords is, they are completely flexible for whatever age or reading level you need. You can use many words to create a complex crossword for adults, or just a couple of words for younger children.

Crosswords can use any word you like, big or small, so there are literally countless combinations that you can create for templates. It is easy to customise the template to the age or learning level of your students.

How do I create a crossword template?

For the easiest crossword templates, WordMint is the way to go!

Pre-made templates

For a quick and easy pre-made template, simply search through WordMint’s existing 500,000+ templates. With so many to choose from, you’re bound to find the right one for you!

Create your own from scratch

  • Log in to your account (it’s free to join!)
  • Head to ‘My Puzzles’
  • Click ‘Create New Puzzle’ and select ‘Crossword’
  • Select your layout, enter your title and your chosen clues and answers
  • That’s it! The template builder will create your crossword template for you and you can save it to your account, export as a word document or pdf and print!

How do I choose the clues for my crossword?

Once you’ve picked a theme, choose clues that match your students current difficulty level. For younger children, this may be as simple as a question of “What color is the sky?” with an answer of “blue”.

Are crosswords good for students?

Crosswords are a great exercise for students' problem solving and cognitive abilities. Not only do they need to solve a clue and think of the correct answer, but they also have to consider all of the other words in the crossword to make sure the words fit together.

Crosswords are great for building and using vocabulary.

If this is your first time using a crossword with your students, you could create a crossword FAQ template for them to give them the basic instructions.

Can I print my crossword template?

All of our templates can be exported into Microsoft Word to easily print, or you can save your work as a PDF to print for the entire class. Your puzzles get saved into your account for easy access and printing in the future, so you don’t need to worry about saving them at work or at home!

Can I create crosswords in other languages?

Crosswords are a fantastic resource for students learning a foreign language as they test their reading, comprehension and writing all at the same time. When learning a new language, this type of test using multiple different skills is great to solidify students' learning.

We have full support for crossword templates in languages such as Spanish, French and Japanese with diacritics including over 100,000 images, so you can create an entire crossword in your target language including all of the titles, and clues.