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 (for example, students can write about their creations).
* 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 — 2009.
Here are the newest additions:
REQUEST SOME “BLISS”: In yet another bizarre example of viral marketing, Jamba Juice has created a gimmick that can be very useful to English Language Learners (see my article titled Samuel L. Jackson, My ESL Students, and Me to learn more how I use these web tools for language-development).Jamba Juice lets you make a virtual Brown Bag Bliss Request. You choose a a face to put on a paperbag, type in a message of something you want in life, and then its text-to-speech feature has a person with that bag over their read speak the message. It can then be posted on your blog or website.
SEND AN eCard: eCards is a new site that lets you create and send a lot of different….eCards. No registration is necessary, and the site also hosts what you send. The link can be posted on a student blog or website.
SEND SOME “MIXED-UP FRUIT”: A fruit drink company lets you write a message and send a very weird animated card of bizarre fruit (Where do they come up with this stuff?)
PARTICIPATE IN A VIRTUAL MARCH AGAINST BREAST CANCER: Create a virtual “you” and march against breast cancer. If you do, a company will make a contribution to fight the disease.
DANCE ON THE MOON: Upload a picture, or choose one of theirs, and NASA will have you dancing on the moon. Students can create one, and then describe what they’re doing.
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