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Part Fifty-Five 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 — 2010.

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

Here are the newest additions:

TURN A MAP INTO HOLIDAY CARD: You can send a virtual Christmas card using Google Maps.

MAKE A MUSIC VIDEO: Disneyland offers you the opportunity to create your own virtual dolls and place them in a music video with your own personal messages. You can then email the link or embed it in a blog or website. English Language Learners could have a great time making it (no registration is required and it only takes a few minutes), posting it on a student/teacher blog or website, and describing what they’ve created. The music in the video is “It’s A Small World After All,” which is also easy for ELL’s to understand. Too bad it’s annoying to so many of the rest of us :)

MAKE A WILD-LOOKING MESSAGE: Message Hop lets you create wild-looking messages with photos and text, or just text. No registration is needed, and you are given a unique url address for your creation.

CREATE A FAKE iPHONE TEXT CONVERSATION: Boy, this could be a great tool to help English Language Learner students practice writing and reading dialogue — FakeiPhoneText lets you create a text conversation that looks like the real thing and give you a unique url address of your creation. Plus, no registration is required. Obviously, this kind of conversation can also be created just as easily on paper. And, even with this app, a draft could be written on paper, and then could be typed on Word so students can use a spell and grammar check. But I’m sure they would love to be able to do a final version on something like this, which could then be posted on a student/teacher blog or website.

MAKE MUSIC BY BUILDING A CITY: At Isle Of Tune, you create music by creating a city. Yes, that’s right, you “drag-and-drop” different parts of a city — homes, cars, trees, etc. — and each one has a musical tone. Then click “Go” and the car prompts the different elements to do their thing. No registration is required, and you’re given the url address of your creation to share. As a bonus to English Language Learners, the different parts of the city are labeled, so students can pick up vocabulary at the same time. Plus, they can describe their musical creations.

Additional suggestions are always welcome.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

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

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