Our students learn to protect their identities online while young. We use pseudonyms like Samuel Clemens did. You know he was the real Mark Twain.
Although we have created avatars on paper, we haven’t created online avatars yet. The Picasso Head perfectly presents a way to create our pseudonyms with pizazz. It is easy and fun. I’ve tried art creations before and, if I were only a tech class, the time spent playing would be acceptable. However, my class is writing with reading, so we don’t have oodles of time for play. This works for simplicity.
Another way to make avatars is with a free mac download of Noble Avatar Generator. I used it years ago to create an avatar, which the kids say, “It looks like you!” (Well, I was thinner then…)
It is also easy to use and students can be wild or conservative in creating their avatar personas.
I like avatars that look like the person or their personality. I require avatars to be carefully created with purpose — Why did you choose that image? How does it relate to who you are? This represents your person, so make it sparkle and make it sophisticated!
The important thing to remember is that as students grow into the age where they can be online on their own, that these avatars tell part of their story. When they are online (even with pseudonyms and avatars), they should always represent themselves in positive ways. As an adult, I need to take ownership and responsibility of my work; people should know who I am. Younger students create avatars to sparkle, but also to say, “This is me, and I have something to say.”
Although I tried to use the voice to record my words in this Voki, the recording skipped around, so typing worked better for me.
So, what do you think students? Do you know a way to:
- Create an avatar?
- Make it match your personality?
- Add pizazz to your pseudonym?
So, what’s your plan?
Mark Twain Cartoon Public Domain by Ferdinand Keppler
Blog Challenge: Avatar Brains Challenge 4