I suggest that you create a Google Doc to record your usernames & passwords for the various Web 2.0 Tools we will use throughout this course.




Avatars can be used for many purposes:
  • Online persona
  • Digital storytelling
  • Intro/Motivation to a lesson
  • Icebreaker

Creating Avatars is a lot of fun and it can be used in teaching and on blogs, wikis and websites in a variety of ways. There are lots of different Web 2.0 Sites for creating Avatars. Some create a fanciful image of yourself, a famous person or an animal. Some even talk and move. Avatars can be used in a variety of ways.

  • To secure a student's identity, have them create an Avatar to represent themselves online.
  • Avatars can make great story starters. An Avatar can take on characteristics of the person naming them.
  • Some sites let you animate a person or a thing. These are great for creating short biographies and reports. Students could take a photo of George Washington and have the character tell about his life. With Blabberize students can make anything talk so they could have a raindrop tell about the water cycle.
  • With Vokis students can share their conversational language skills in a different language. Check out Ms. Meissner's French Blog Avatars.
  • Teachers can use talking Avatars to introduce a lesson, or to ask questions on a blog or Wiki and all sorts of things. Let's look at a research project of mine on body systems - Survivor MD

Challenge:

  • Check out the 3 avatar makers below, then use one of them to create an avatar and introduce yourself. Tell us who you are, what you like to do in your spare time, and what you hope you will get out of this course. You will embed your avatar on the About YOU page. I will show you how to do it when you are ready.meezAnimatedBodyshot175x233(2).gif

Voki
Blabberize
Meez