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.

Voice recording

Voice + video/photo

Voice + animation


Voice recording
Cost?
Who for?
Useful?(1-5)
Easy to use?
Audacity is a free, multi-track audio editor and recorder. You are able to export recorded files in a range of formats and use them to create podcasts or with other software such as Voki (see below). The help tab on the Audacity website provides a range of documentation and support including a wiki which contains links to YouTube videos.
Free
Teachers and students
5
Medium
AudioPal is free web based audio software that enables you to create audio for your own website or to other pages such as Facebook. Click on the microphone option on the tab below 'Add your audio' or use files that you pre-recorded using software such as Audacity. If you want to practise writing skills, click on the Text-to-Speech button and select a language and gender from the drop down menu.
Free
Teachers and students
4
Easy
SpeakPipe is a free service that enables visitors to your blog, website or Moodle to leave a voice message. Look at this wiki homepage to see how it operates. You can also use SpeakPipe to email voice messages. To do this simply go to your SpeakPipe inbox: http://www.speakpipe.com/messages and click the "Send a voice message to email" button, then enter the recipient's email address and record your message.
Free
Teachers and students
5
Easy
Vocaroo is another site that let's you record your voice, send the sound file to a friend by email or put the embed code or link directly into your website. You can also save the recorded file in mp3 or wav format for use as a podcast or with Voki. There is no time limit to your recording.
Free
Teachers and students
5
Easy
A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments. It can be used either within or outside of the lesson, giving everyone a voice or it can be used as a means of communicating with other classes in other schools. Group conversations are collected and shared with contributors. There is also an iPad version of VoiceThread.
Free for 1 user & annual paid plans for schools.
All students
5
Easy
SoundCloud is an online or mobile platform that allows collaboration and distribution of audio recordings. Use it to record a spoken track or comment on student recordings as they are playing. To make a comment just play the track, click on it, then type your comment in the comment box. You might like to also use Online Audio Cutter to adjust the length of SoundCloud recordings or to add fade-in and fade-out effects. Just paste the URL of the Sound Cloud clip in order to edit it.
Free
Teachers and secondary students
4
Easy

Voice + video/photo

Cost?
Who for?
Useful?
(1-5)
Easy to use?
Narrable enables users to create short narrated slideshows. Start by uploading the pictures that you want to talk about. You can then record a narration for each picture via your computer's microphone or by uploading an audio recording that is stored on your computer. Narrable projects can be shared via email, Facebook, or by embedding them into a blog or wiki. July 2015: This site is currently being upgraded.
Free for 1 userand paid plans for schools
Teachers and students
5
Easy
UtellStory is another online service for creating and sharing audio slideshows. You can upload pictures, drag them into the sequence in which you want them to appear, add text captions, add audio narration to each slide or upload a music soundtrack to support your entire story. Finished stories can be viewed online, embedded into your blog or wiki, emailed to your friends, or shared through social networking sites. The free version of UTellStory allows for thirty seconds per slide with a 2 MB limit on audio per slide. The paid educator account allows you to create and manage accounts for your students.
Free for 1 userand a paid plan for educators
Teachers and students
5
Easy
The free Eyejot account allows for one-minute video messages. Message receivers don't have to sign up to watch the message. Teachers can send messages to students and encourage them to continue and reply. Students can send one another messages to practise speaking and listening.
Free
Secondary
4
Easy
Jing enables you to capture what is displayed/happening on your screen along with a voiceover. So you could talk about a document, image, video clip etc or show someone step by step what you are talking about. Teachers could use Jing to create 'flipped classroom" lessons.
Free
Teachers and secondary students
5
Easy
Skype allows you to make audio and video phone calls from your computer! You can "skype" to connect with experts, educators and other classrooms all over the world! Skype in the classroom is a free community to help teachers everywhere use Skype to help their students learn. It’s a place for teachers to connect with each other, find partner classes and share inspiration. This is a global initiative that was created in response to the growing number of teachers using Skype in their classrooms.
Check out this link which provides helpful tips for getting started with Skype .
Free
All students
5
Easy
The Mixxer is a site for language learners hosted by Dickinson College. It is designed to connect language learners around the world so that everyone is both student and teacher. Language exchanges occur via Skype.
Free
Upper primary, secondary
5
Easy

Voice + animation

Cost?
Who for?
Useful?(1-5)
Easy to use?
Voki enables users to create an avatar with a customisable background reflecting a range of cultures. Vokis are great for practising speaking skills. Creating an animated character and giving it a voice is fun to do and breaks down the inhibitions that students often have when faced with making an oral presentation or recording themselves speaking.

Click here for a step by step guide to creating an avatar with Voki. Have a read about how one languages teacher uses Voki with his classes. Here are some additional great ideas.
Free
All students
5
Easy
GoAnimate is free animation software that lets users quickly generate videos that incorporate a selection of characters, backgrounds and technical effects. While the default program converts typed text to speech (in a range of languages) you can also incorporate a voice over (in the target language) as well. There is a limit to how you can export your finished movie with the free account but you can embed it in a wiki or blog or email the link. You need a paid account to upload to YouTube.

Free to use. Extra services with a paid account.
Primary, junior secondary
5
Easy
Blabberize enables you to upload a photo and animate the mouth so that it speaks. You can try out the program without needing to register first. The program needs a microphone or pre-recorded sound file to work.
Free
Primary, junior secondary
5
Easy
Use the educational version of Glogster to create interactive, online posters by mixing graphics, photos, videos, music and text. Click here for a step by step guide to using Glogster with your students. See this French example and this Spanish one.
Free to try and annual paid plans for classes/schools.
All students
5
Easy
Story-Scrapbook is software that currently needs to be downloaded. According to the site, an online version will be available in 2014. This software enables you to create interactive pages that combine voice recordings, web captures, sticky notes, photos, Google maps etc. Currently finished stories can only be exported as an image.
Free
All students
3 (until interactive stories can be exported)
Easy