The first part of this post is my usual introduction to this series. If you’re familiar with it already, just skip down to the listing of new sites…
Here’s the latest installment in my series on The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly. As you may remember, in order to make it on this list, the web tool has to:
* be easily accessible to English Language Learners and/or non-tech savvy computer users.
* allow people to create engaging content within minutes.
* host the user’s creation on the site itself indefinitely, and allow a direct link to be able to be posted on a student or teacher’s website/blog to it (or let it be embedded). If it just provides the url address of the student creation, you can either just post the address or use Embedit.in , a free web tool that makes pretty much any url address embeddable.
* provide some language-learning opportunity.
* not require any registration.
You can find previous installments of this series with the rest of my “The Best…” lists at Websites Of The Year. Several hundred sites have been highlighted in these past lists. You might also want to take a look at the first list I posted in this series — The Best Ways For Students (And Anyone Else!) To Create Online Content Easily, Quickly, and Painlessly.
Here are my latest picks:
SEND A HEALTHY E-CARD: The Centers For Disease Control have a huge collection of E-Cards related to health. You can add your own message, email it to a friend/teacher, and then post the url on a website or blog.
CREATE A DONUT: Yes, you can create your own donut at this Dunkin Donuts site. It doesn’t exactly promote healthy eating habits, but it does provide easy and fun vocabulary-building practice. After students have used all the ingredients, they can post their creation on a student/teacher website/bog and describe it.
MAKE A MUSICAL PAINTING: Labuat is a Spanish site, but speakers of any language can figure out how to use it. You listen to music and then, with your mouse, paint a psychedelic picture. Your process is recorded, and you can email the link to your picture to a teacher or friend for posting on a website or blog. ELL’s can then describe their artistic creation. There’s no language-development opportunity in the actual use of the site, but there could be in writing and talking about it.
CREATE A TALKING FACE: I’ve posted about PhotoFace before, but they’ve just created a new version is called PhotoFace Demo V2. You can record audio, upload your own photo or choose from a variety on PhotoFace. Then, you can “age” it, make the person heavier or lighter, make a number of other edits,and then make it talk. Once you’re done you can email the link to a friend or teacher for inclusion in an online journal or blog. The new version has added: facial art, taking on a celebrity appearance in one click, race and gender sliders, hair options, online face search and webcam, and more
As always, feedback is welcome.