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Part Fifty-Seven 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:

CREATE A “CRITTER CAROL”: At Critter Carols, you can upload an image of your dog or cat (or use photos they have at the site) and make them sing Christmas carols. You can also write a message. Students can post their creation on a student/teacher website or blog.

BECOME AN ELF: At the Virtual North Pole, you can become one of Santa’s elves — among other things. The only drawback to this site is that you need to have a webcam to use it.

MAKE ART TO DISCOURAGE TEENS FROM SMOKING: At Kanvas, users can create artwork designed to discourage teens from smoking. You can post your creation in the gallery, and you’re also given a direct link to it.

DESIGN YOUR OWN “YEAR IN REVIEW”: The Guardian lets you pick and choose what you think were the most important news events of the year, and then provides a link to your creation.

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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