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 STAR WARS INTRODUCTION: Use this Star Wars Crawler to write your own scrolling opening scene and share it with a friend or on a class blog post.
PICK A FACE AND DESCRIBE ITS FEELING: Smyface lets you do that just, plus you can say why it is feeling that way and get a unique url address to it. That, in turn, can be posted on a class blog. It’s a great tool for English Language Learners to develop a “feeling” vocabulary. Thanks to Martin Burrett for the tip.
CREATE AN ITINERARY FOR A SOUTH AFRICAN VACATION: This Guardian interactive lets you use “sliders” (you’ll see what I mean when you go to the link) to develop vacation plans. You can then post you dream vacation plans on a class blog describing why you picked what you did.
BE A SMURF!:Smurf Yourself lets you choose and dress a Smurf, record it saying something, and then send or post it on blog or website. No registration is required. It’s a fun and simple way for students to practice their English.
Additional suggestions are always welcome.
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