This list brings together what I think are this year’s best ways to create online content easily and quickly. 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.
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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 2012 — Part Two (Not in any order of preference):
GeoSpeak is a neat site that lets you — without having to register — find any location on Google Maps and write something about it. You’re given a virtual “pin” on the map that leads directly to your comment. It would be great for students in geography classes to write for an authentic audience. My concern, however, is that GeoSpeak could get filled up pretty quick with not-very-useful comments, especially since no registration is required.
Google announced a new tool called “Story Builder.” Without having to register, you can create a “dialogue” of sorts, add music, and end up with a link to a video-like presentation that you can share.
Silk lets you create pretty magical-looking (and sounding) artwork online without registering. You can then share a link to your creation.
The Guardian has created Spin It! Create your own lines from the presidential debates. It shows most of the debate’s transcript, and you can drag and drop words into a box to create your own “soundbite.” Then, you’re given a unique url address to your creation which you can share.
Blockee lets you choose any address in the world and then captures a Google “Street View” of it. Next, you can add any number of “civic bling” items (playset, bench, garbage can, etc.) and get the unique url address for your creation. It could be a fun little activity for English Language Learners, who could describe in writing and verbally the added items.
Using a Chrome Browser, you can send a holiday message from any Google Maps Street View Location.
Kl1P lets you create a webpage without any registration required. You can paste text or images into it, and is a great way to publish student work — you get a custom url address for your page and can paste that on a student/teacher blog.
Quicklinkr lets you very easily collect websites, images, videos, etc — without requiring registration. They are shown with screenshots, and you can put them into “folders.”
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.
Loose Leaves lets you write or paste images and automatically creates a webpage. You’re given two url addresses — one where you can edit it again and a second where others can view it. No registration is necessary.
Feedback is welcome.