This is the latest installment of my series on The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly. As a reminder, in order to make it on this list, sites must be accessible to English Language Learners and non-tech-savvy students and teachers and allow the user to create engaging online content within minutes. The content must then be hosted by the site itself so the link can be publicly displayed on a student or teacher blog/website.
I only have four sites in this edition. Here they are:
MAKE A BEE: Help The Honey Bees not only provides accessible info on disappearing bees who are needed for pollination, but it also lets you create your own cute little bee that can give a message of your choosing.
SEND A MESSAGE WITH A WOMAN IN A BEAUTIFUL DRESS: To help publicize a new gossipy book, you can pick a woman, put here in a “period” dress and location and, then, with a text-to-speech feature, have her speak a message.
COMPOSE A SYMPHONY OF CONSTRUCTION TOOL MUSIC: The Japanese Federation of Construction Contractors have created Build Up!. It lets you “build” a skyscraper of music made by construction tools. It’s pretty neat. Much of the site is in English, the part about emailing your creation is in Japanese, but just click on some things and you’ll figure it out.
CUT YOURSELF IN HALF: To publicize a TV show about magic, you can upload your photo (or choose one of theirs), and make a video of yourself being cut in half by a magician and then have the top half of you run around (A bit gross, I’ll admit, and probably not for very young students). Email the video for posting.
Next month I’ll be posting a list of what I think are The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — 2008, along with a poll inviting readers to vote on the Top Ten.