Voicepods is a great service that will turn any typed text or highlighted page text into an automated voice recording. Voicepods will read text aloud in your choice of voices and in your choice of ten languages. You can use Voicepods as a Chrome extension or by simply entering text into the Voicepods website.
The Voicepods Chrome extension lets you highlight the text on any webpage to hear it read aloud. As you can see in the following video, Voicepods creates a recording of the highlighted text being read aloud. That recording is then saved in your Voicepods account so that you can play it back whenever you like even if you don’t have the original webpage open.
The Voicepods Chrome extension could be a good one for students who need some help with pronunciation of words while reading a webpage. The extension has support for ten languages which could make it useful in ELL/ ESL classrooms.
The other way to use Voicepods is to simply go to the website and manually enter text. The text will then be turned into a voice recording that you can save, share, and playback whenever you want to hear it. Watch my video to see how to use Voicepods without installing the Chrome extension.
I often encouraged my students to read their papers aloud or have them read aloud by someone else to spot mistakes that they didn’t catch when reading silently. Voicepods could be a great tool for students to use to hear their written words read aloud. All they would need to do is copy and paste the text of their papers into Voicepods to hear their work read aloud.
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