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 sometime this year.
Here are the newest additions:
CREATE A HOLIDAY “PAWTRAIT”: We’re just about past the holidays, but you can still create a family portrait including pets at Holiday Pawtrait. It’s simple to use, and you can make a surprisingly complex design. You can post the url address to your creation on a student/teacher blog or website, and describe it as a great language-learning opportunity.
WRITE A MESSAGE IN THE FORM OF A RUBIK’S CUBE: You can do just that at this site. The instructions are in a language other than English, but it’s quite simple to figure out what to do. The message itself can be fairly long, and you’re given a unique url address that you can share.
MAKE YOUR OWN FOOTBALL CARD: You can design your own personalized football card, and use your own image (or not). Write a name, and a name of the team, too.
TAKE A PICTURE OF ANY STREET IN THE WORLD: Show My Street instantly shows you the Google Maps Street View image of any address you type in, and then gives you a unique url to it that you can share. English Language Learners can pick any place, post the link to it on a student/teacher blog or website, and then describe it.
Additional suggestions are always welcome.
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