Dvolver Moviemaker has been a longtime favorite of many English teachers around the world.
Students can very, very easily create short animation — with music and dialogue bubbles — to tell a short story. The final creation can be embedded in a blog (though its embed code is not very elegant) or, as I usually do, just post the link.
I’ve used it in many ways. We’ve been learning how to write a persuasive essay and, after studying gangs, today students used Dvolver to demonstrate their understanding of “What I Think; Opposing Position; and Counter-Argument.”
It was a useful, and fun, formative assessment. I’ve embedded one example below (actually, I wasn’t kidding about their embed code — it messed up my entire blog, so I’m just including the link here), and you can see more here at our class blog.
Here are examples some of my previous students have created.
Dvolver is already on The “All-Time” Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly list, and I’ll add this post to The Best Web Tools For English Language Learners (In Other Words, The Ones My Students Regularly Use).