I have attempted to organise the following web tools according to a number of categories. Please note that rankings such as usefulness and ease of use are subjective. If you do not agree with what I have written please let me know! Click on the hyperlinks in the list below to jump directly to that section.

Listening

Creating Podcasts

Locating Podcasts


Listening

Cost?
Who for?
Useful?(1-5)
Easy to use?
Use Foreign Internet Radio to locate a Radio Station by language/country. The same site also hosts pages for Internet TV, Multilingual Television, and Internet Radio/TV News
Free
Teachers and secondary students
5
Easy
With iSpeech Text to Speech simply upload any supported document (Word, PowerPoint, PDF etc) or type in your text directly and convert it to audio (1 minute maximum). You get to choose the voice, male or female, from a range of languages and can then listen to, share, embed or download the file. This resource, while slow to convert text, would be useful for creating short dictations or podcasts. As well as the online version there is also a mobile app.
Free for 1 minute
Teachers and secondary students
2
Easy
Woices enables you to create location based audio maps for your students to listen to. Simply pick a location, name the map and record (or upload) audio. You can embed the published audio into a wiki or website and can locate recordings created by native speakers to embed too. For those of you with access to an iPad, there is also a mobile version.
Free
Teachers and secondary students
3
Medium

Creating Podcasts

Cost?
Who for?
Useful?(1-5)
Easy to use?
You or your students can create podcasts with any listening content - a story you read out loud, a set of instructions, a description of an event, a list of vocabulary, streaming audio played through your computer such as internet radio (see below) etc. Record this content using a free program such as Audacity (download for Mac/PC) or GarageBand (already on Mac).
Free
Teachers and secondary students
5
Easy
Upload podcasts you have created to a podcast site such as PodOmatic. You can share them directly with your students or embed them in a website, noodle or wiki.
Free
Teachers and secondary students
5
Easy

Locating Podcasts

Cost?
Who for?
Useful?(1-5)
Easy to use?
The iTunes store is a great source of language podcasts. Click here to see a Jing recording. Even though it displays an older version of iTunes, this recording outlines the general process involved in locating and installing a podcast on to a mobile device. There is a delay at the start of the recording due to buffering.
Free
Teachers and secondary students
5
Easy