I really think the future of online language learning is with the perfection of voice recognition technology. One step along this road is the use of speaking bots. While Honest Johnny
isn't a real bot (like our ALICE
), he/she is fun and really user friendly.
Created by oddcast, the same one's bringing voki -- create and personalize your own talking figure. I like how quick the flash works and it is really kept simple and functional. Most importantly, the voice is really an improvement and is a great example of TTS (text to speech) functionality. Try it and get your students to do so. I've put it in our conversation section of the Practice area
. Here is one I created in minutes only....