This list (a not particularly long one) brings together what I think are this year’s best ways to create online content easily and quickly — at least, the ones that have become available since Part One of this list was published six months ago. These web tools are excellent ways for English Language Learners, and others who might not be very tech-savvy, to have a good experience working with technology.
In order to make it on this list, web tools must be:
* accessible to English Language Learners.
* available at no-cost.
* able to be used to easily create engaging online content within minutes.
* willing to host user-created work indefinitely on the website itself.
* appropriate for classroom use.
* accessible without requiring registration.
In addition to Part One of this year’s list, You might also be interested in:
The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2012 — Part Two
A very small number of the applications that have made it on this list are viral marketing tools. You can read this article about how I use these in the classroom.
Here are my choices for The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2013 – Part Two (Not in any order of preference):
I’ve previously posted about Incredibox, and I continue to think it’s the easiest and most fun tool on the web for creating music. You can save your creation, give it a title, and share it. Last month, they announced that they completely updated the site (again), including giving it a new url address. Of course, it continues to be on The Best Online Sites For Creating Music.
On my The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration list, I have quite a few tools that let you create documents with others, including some that allow instant text chat. Notepad is a new tool that has both of those features and, unlike most other sites, also provides an audio chat feature. No registration is required to use all its features.
Class Tools lets you easily create a Map “treasure hunt” with no registration necessary.
Make A Word Cloud is an easy word cloud generator.
This next one is a “runner-up,” but I thought I’d share it anyway:
Graffit Map lets you choose a Google Street View from anywhere in the world, draw graffiti on it, and then save and share the image. I think it could have been a useful tool for students studying geography or planning a field trip so they could label things, and it could also be helpful to English Language Learners for learning new vocabulary (sort of like a freehand “Thinglink” that doesn’t require registration. I say “could have been” because the brush size is too thick and unwieldy for labeling use — at least, it was for me. If you can figure out a way to make it more usable, please let me know.
Feedback is welcome.