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Part Thirty-Six Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly

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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.

You might also want to look at The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — 2008.

Here are my latest picks:

WRITE A NEAT STORYMy Storymaker is a very neat tool that lets you interact with it and create an animated story. It’s from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and I heard about it from a blog I’d encourage you to add to your RSS Reader — David Kapuler’s Technology Tidbits. You can read more about Storymaker (and see a sample) at his post about it

CREATE A STAR CONSTELLATION THAT MOVES: Rule The Stars lets you do just what my title says, and you can email and post the url to your creation.

DRAW A PICTURE (& TYPE TEXT): Any Canvas lets you draw something, and includes a lot of “bells and whistles.” You can type in text as well, and post the link to your creation on a blog or website.

CREATE AN ANIMATED FLAG: You can create an animated flag, with your own text and images, at Make Sweet. You can then post the link for others to see.  In addition, the site offers several other ways you can create customized images.

POST ANYTHING ONLINE IN SECONDS: File2.ws lets you, without registering, quickly upload any document and turn it into a webpage.  This is an extraordinary tool.  You can see examples of how my students used it to create multilingual materials on swine-flu prevention. Students can create anything, for example, using Microsoft Word, and immediately turn it into a webpage.

As always, feedback is welcome.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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