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Part Fifty-Nine 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 sometime this year.

Here are the newest additions:

CREATE A TALKING DOG WITH BIG TEETH: Denture Your Dog lets you choose or upload a dog’s picture, give him/her a variety of different types of teeth, and then, using the site’s text-to-speech feature, make it talk. You can email the link of your creation for posting on a student/teacher website.

IMAGINE YOUR DREAM: With Max My Dream, you first say in 140 characters what you dreamed or want to dream. Then the site takes those words and converts them into a related dream-like sequence. It seems to be able to recognize key words and convert them into imagery. You’re able to link to or embed the final product. English Language Learners could write something to start things off, and then write or verbally describe the final dream-like sequence.

RECORD A MAD-LIB TRAVELOGUE: Clay Yourself is a site publicizing a hotel chain. Users get to create a clay-like avatar, choose a name for it, complete a “mad-lib”-like travel script, record themselves speaking the script they’ve helped create, and then place it in a virtual gallery. You can post the link to Facebook or Twitter, or email it to yourself. It hits all four domains — reading, writing, speaking and listening. You can’t beat that!

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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