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Part Forty-Four 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:

MAKE A STORY COLLAGE: The Library of Congress has a neat Storybook activity. First, users have to answer some simple questions from The Wizard Of Oz, The Mermaid, and Aladdin (book excerpts are provided) and then you can make a collage out of the book’s characters that you can email and post on a teacher website or blog.

CREATE SUBTITLES TO SOCCER & TV PROGRAM VIDEOS YOU CREATE: I’ve written several times about the incredibly useful and fun Bombay TV, where you can create your own videos from cheesy clips and write subtitles (it’s my number one rated app on The Best Ways For Students To Create Online Videos (Using Someone Else’s Content) list.

Well, now it’s created sister sites where you can do the same with clips from old TV programs and from soccer games. They’re called Bombay TV 2, Futebol TV and Classik TV.

SEND AN eCARD WITH AN ENVIRONMENTAL MESSAGE: The National Building Museum lets you send some very informative Green Community E-Cards, which can then be posted on a teacher/student website or blog.

CREATE A TALKING POTATO-HEAD BASKETBALL: Yes, the title is accurate. Create it, make it talk with its text-to-speech feature, and post it on a teacher/student website/blog if you dare.

MAKE A SNOWFLAKE WITH A MESSAGE: Flurrious lets you design a snowflake, write a message that goes along with it, and then send it to yourself or a friend so you can get its url address to post on a student/teacher blog or website. The site says it will donate $1 to UNICEF for every snowflake sent, but I can’t really tell who’s behind the site to confirm that claim.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

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

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