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The Best Ways For Advanced ELL’s & Non-ELL’s To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — REVISED

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Last year I posted The Best Ways For Advanced ELL’s & Non-ELL’s To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly (For Their Classmates & Teacher To See).

That list, and this version, is designed to share simple tools that students can use, with minimal instruction, for creating online projects related to our units when they are done early with regular classroom work. In addition, our students take a computer class and their instructor lets them do our work on Fridays, and these are tools they can use on their own. Students post their completed work on our Ninth-Grade English class blog.

One of the other reasons this list has changed is because our District’s content filter has changed, and these sites are not blocked.

I’ll be adding to this list over the next few months.

Here are my choices for The Best Ways For Advanced ELL’s & Non-ELL’s To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — REVISED:

Make a game with Purpose Games (you have to register first) .

Create a map with Zee Maps or Scribble Maps (no registration required).

Annotate a webpage with WebKlipper (no registration required).

Create a Picture Data Set with Corkboard.Me (no registration required).

Create a newspage highlighting something we’re studying with NewsJack (no registration required).

Create a “Fakebook” page for a person we’re studying (no registration required).

Create an Internet Scavenger Hunt with TxtBear or with Instablogg (No registration required). You can also use them to write a report.

Create a test for a classmate to take with Testmoz (no registration required).

Create an online interactive cloze with LearnClick (Registration is required).

Create a tutorial with Tildee about how we do each of our learning strategies (no registration required).

Send a postcard imagining you’re in one of the places in Nations Illustrated (no registration required).

UPDATE:

Even though I had concluded that Check This was the easiest tool for my students to use for creating/writing reports (they could be creative and no registration was required), we couldn’t get it through our filter.

Loose Leaves became my second choice, though it wasn’t nearly as attractive or engaging to students.

For now, though, I’ve decided on Glogster Edu. You have to pay a few bucks if you want more than ten student accounts, but I think it’s worth it. I have some concerns that it provides so many creative opportunities that students can focus more on looks than content, but, considering the limitations of our content filter, for now it’s the best choice.

As always, feedback is welcome.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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