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Part Fifty-Two 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.

I’ll also be publishing an “all-time best” list later this year.

Here are the newest additions:

CREATE A “FEELINGS” COLLAGE: PixSmix first lets you choose a facial expression (happy, sad, etc.). Then the user creates a collage of pictures that demonstrate that feeling. You can then embed the collage or link to it. Students could post it on a class blog or website and then describe their creation.

MAKE A MULTIMEDIA CUBE: At What Makes Me, you can create a “cube” using photos, video, and audio (you can easily grab them off the web our upload your own). Your creation is supposed to be a representation of “you.”

WRITE A MESSAGE WITH DOTS: Dotty-Dots first lets you type in a message. Then it turns that message into cool-looking interactive connected dots. Students can then post the link to their creation on a student/teacher blog or website.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

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

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