Voki is a lovely idea

Voki dot com: You can build your own voice-enabled avatar. Take a look at Lynne Gibb's introduction, on the Coonara House page.
There are many places you can build avatars .. but this is the only free one i know with voice ( so far ..? )

Many people like to create "avatars" ..

Avatars can be good for identity work in literacy classrooms .. as well as creating a sense of place or web presence.

  • For example, in virtual worlds such as Second Life, your avatar is the cartoon character that represents you within the space.
  • Yahoo provides an avatar for all their members. This character represents you when you're chatting or emailing.
  • Voki allows you to make an avatar with a voice recording. You can then embed your avatar on any other web page, for example your blog or your myspace.

Joey Seiler writes an article in Virtual Worlds about the worlds of avatar-building. Worth plenty of money, apparently.
And Cathy Moore writes about the usefulness of avatars in e-learning. Cathy also links to various softwares, and reviews them.

Classroom Tips:

If you have a group of people building their own web space, they might like to include a voice-enabled avatar too.

Other avatar-building applications