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Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

Part Fifty-Six Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly (Holiday Edition!)

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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, most of which relate to the holidays:

Sing A Holiday Message: At the Holiday Harmonizer, you have choice of just making a simple eCard or writing a message and having it sung. The link can be posted on a student/teacher blog or website.

Make A Christmas “Shoebox”: I had never heard of such a thing, but at this site you can create a “shoebox” with a Christmas theme and post the link to it. Students can describe what they created.

Write A Holiday “Mad-Lib”: You have a choice of various stories you can choose and turn them into a “Mad Lib.” You can share it via Facebook, or you can download it to your computer. Unfortunately, though, they don’t provide a url address to post.

Create A Holiday Light: Design your own virtual Christmas light bulb with a message. Here, again, they don’t actually give you the url address of your bulb directly — you can only share it via Facebook or Twitter. For every bulb you create, though, the company donates one dollar to a charity named Heart To Heart International.

Send A Video Message From Santa: Portable North Pole lets you create a personalized video message from Santa Claus. You can send it to a friend and or post it on a student/teacher blog or website.

Design An eCard: Cardkarma is a neat eCard site for many occasions. Without registering, you can search Flickr for any photo and turn it into an eCard you can send and post.

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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