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 and The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2011.
I’ll also be publishing an “all-time best” list sometime this year.
Here are the newest additions:
Make Your Own Unique (& Fake) CNN, NY Times, Etc. Website: With News Jack, all you have to do is paste the url address of any website and you’re immediately given the tools to easily transform its homepage into looking however you want it to look. Without having to register, you can make the New York Times highlight photos and articles of your great basketball-playing ability; have CNN focus on covering what was happening in 1776, or The Huffington Post reporting on the first Thanksgiving dinner. You can easily grab images off the web or your computer to insert, as well as text. You can then click “publish” and you’re given the url address to your creation so it can be shared with the world.
Create A Comic: Put Your Rage Into a Cartoon and Exit Laughing is a New York Times article about the Web genre of “rage comics” — people using easy online tools to vent about irritating incidents they experience. The article particularly highlights a tool called Rage Maker and, in fact, give step-by-step instructions on how to use these easy site to create an online comic. And there’s no reason why it can’t be used to make comic strips about “non-rage” topics. No registration is required.
Get Your Message Spelled-Out By Galaxies: “My Galaxies” lets you spell out anything you want, using real galaxies that are shaped like characters. You can read more about it at the site and/or at this MSNBC story. The site does what I describe — you write a message and then it uses images of galaxies that look like the alphabet to spell it out. You can then send the link or post it.
Record a Thirty Second Message: Croak.it lets you easily record a thirty second message with a computer microphone. You then get a unique url address that you can share. No registration is necessary.
Make A Face: Fantastic Fun Face lets you search for an image, adds lots of crazy effects to it, and then save and share it. English Language Learners could create a face and then describe it in writing and orally as a language development activity.
Make A Website:Check This is the latest in a long line of tools that let you create webpages quickly, without registering, and that let you also paste images into them.
Collaborate With A Famous Dead Author: Try out Google Docs new demo that lets you write collaboratively with your favorite dead famous writers. Then you get to save and share your creation. As Next Web explains:
A “famous writer” will start typing and then it’s your turn. Once you’ve typed in the next line, the writer takes over
Build A Virtual City: Google Maps has partnered with LEGO’s to let you build a virtual city using LEGO’s on a map of Australia or New Zealand. You can then share your creation with others. You have to use the Google Chrome browser. You can read more about it here.
Compose A Pop Song: The New York Times has an interactive called “Build A Pop Song.”Pick the tracks you like, and then you’re given a link to your creation
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We are opening our wireless access in our building and I would like it if teachers wouldn’t see it as “something else” to do. I haven’t mastered it myself, so I feel very uncomfortable. However, I know we have to make a shift. Thank you for your site.