This isn’t the most complicated Web2.0 tool, nor is it the shiniest, but it does exactly what it claims to do in a nice straightforward fashion.
Submit some text into vozMe and it’ll convert it to an MP3 so you can hear it read aloud. Couldn’t be easier. Gravitate to Spanish or Italian? It’s supporting those two languages right now as well.
What’s really nice though is that you can download a WordPress Plugin, insert in a Blogger Widget, or embed it in any number of other ways. You can even allow a user to select a portion of text and then click a button to hear it read aloud.
Fantastic for ESL students and students who have any sort of literacy issues. Also great for taking long blog posts on the road with you to listen to in the car.
I’m still waiting for a free site that does the inverse, translates your voice into text. There are plenty of pay services that do it, but haven’t seen a free one yet! Keep your eyes open for me
If you’re using your STAR DEN blog, is this a plugin that you might be interested in?