Here’s another post in my series about The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly. This series, part of my larger “The Best…” lists, covers sites that require no registration, are free, lets users create engaging content that are generally hosted by the site itself, and are accessible to English Language Learners.
By the end of this year hundreds of sites will have been covered in this ongoing series, and I’ll be narrowing them down considerably to come-up with the ten or twenty best of them.
But, for now, here are my latest picks:
DRIVE A CAR THROUGH A PICTURE OF SOMETHING YOU’RE BORED WITH: With Ban Boredom you can upload an image or grab one off the Net, and then drive a car through the picture tearing it to shreds. You can then email the link for posting on an online journal. I don’t know who thinks up these things.
MAKE A SLIDESHOW: I’ve listed slideshow applications in previous lists, and now I have to add another one called Rock You. Not only am I posting it here, I’m also including it in my The Best Ways To Create Online Slideshows. It’s easy, has lots of options, and doesn’t require registration.
FIND A LOCATION ON A MAP: Flash Earth lets you quickly find a satellite image of a location (in fact, you can choose images from a variety of sites) and then gives you the url address of that image. English Language Learners and other students can then post the address on a blog or online journal and describe it.
MAIL A MASTERPIECE: The Virtual Museum lets you pick from hundreds, if not thousands, of artistic paintings and sculptures from the past several hundred years. You can then write an email message and send it to a teacher or friend. You don’t actually get a url address for the E-Card — it’s all in the body of the email. But you can copy and paste it onto a blog or online journal. And, strange as it sounds, you can actually add special effects to the paintings, too.
SEND A SONG: Tiny Song is a neat service that lets you search for a song and then provides you a special url where you can listen to it. An English Language Learner could then post the url on an online journal and explain what the song is about and why they chose it. Unfortunately, this site is only appropriate for adults since it’s a safe bet that inappropriate music is also accessible.
BE A ROCK STAR: Use the Rockstar-izer to upload your picture and create an album cover for your virtual CD. I haven’t actually gone all the way through it, but I assume the potential album art is all appropriate. You probably want to check it out first, though, before you let your students use it.