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Part Forty 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 (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:

SING “LOLLIPOP, LOLLIPOP”: One way to easily teach some vocabulary and practice speaking skills is by having students contribute singing a chorus of the great song “Lollipop, Lollipop” to the world’s biggest online choir.

DESIGN YOUR OWN CONSTELLATION: Create a constellation and post it on a student/teacher blog or website.

WRITE A STORY ABOUT A DOG: At The Dog’s Best Friend Gallery at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, you can pick a piece of dog-related artwork, write a story about it, and then post its url address on a student/teacher website or blog.

SEND A TATER TAUNT: In another weird example of viral marketing, you can use a text-to-speech feature to send your personally designed football “taunt.” I wouldn’t necessarily recommend that you have students use it for that purpose, but they could have some fun coming up with some kind of sports-related message that could be posted on their blog.

BE A STAR IN A HALF-TIME SHOW: Keeping with a bit of a football theme, you can search Flickr for a picture of anybody and make them a star in a college football half-time show, then post its link on a blog or website and write about it.

CREATE A MULTIMEDIA SHOW: Oamos is sure one wild search engine! You can use it to create a multimedia show, and then embed it.

COMPOSE A SONG: INudge lets you quickly compose your own song, which can be played on an embeddable widget.  No registration is required.

WRITE ABOUT A SPECIAL MEMORY: Away We Go is a movie (it actually sounds pretty interesting). But the reason it’s included here is the neat online tool they have on their website. You type in any address or location you want that has some kind of special memory for you, and your brought to it. Then, you have an option to pick one of quite a few different musical tracks that might remind you of that significant moment, your write about it, and then the song and what you have written appears on the map. No registration is required.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

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

One Comment

  1. Thanks for the tips. These will be really useful to learn things quickly.

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