What web page software do you have on your school computer. Word (and other word processors), Front Page, and Dreamweaver all make web pages easily. It may be easiest for your students to work in a word processor, They need to upload the document, and the pictures to the same location. If you need a website to put it on, let me know. BTW, it is a good idea, if they can work directly on the website, to put the pictures in a file on the main directory where the website will sit. Make a new subdirectory called images, and put the pictures in there. On the machine where they are developing the webpage, also make a subdirectory called images. Then when they link to the pictures it will work on their home computer as well as on the web.
I like the creativity and visual appeal of a website over a wiki to showcase student work. You can see our curriculum websites . Scroll down to Curriculum Unit websites. .
I use Microsoft Frontpage to do my websites, an old and probably outdated standby, and of course you have to pay for a domain name and pay to have server to host it. This might be more work than you want to go to, but you can probably get a similar effect using Weebly--easy and free
I have once done this. I asked my students to do powerpoint presentations about Eugene O'Neill and email the presentations to me. Then I applied a blog on blog spot, use some powerpoint to flash converter to convert the sutdents' powerpoint to flash and upload these flashes to the blog. This blog is kinda like our class blog for knowledge sharing. All the students could went to browse it with no difficulties.
Of course, I guess the better way is to use some LMS to do this, but since you said preferrably free and easy, I guess blog would be the way you want:)
I like Squidoo. There are limitations to the general layout but it's built of modules that can be rearranged easily and lets them concentrate on the content. If they share the login, they can collaborate on building their website.
Thanks for all the great suggestions. I ended up finding weebly and using it. I wasn't very good about planning ahead and needed something *now* to have the kids get started on. It may not be ideal for long term purposes, but it works for now.
In the meantime, you all gave me great ideas to investigate this summer in preparation for next year. Man! I hate not having enough time and having to fly by the seat of my pants :)