My Students Favorite 14 Avatar Creators

This past week I moved my students in to the blogosphere to start participating in the great conversation.  One of the big things we talked about however was privacy and keeping all personal information and images off of their blogs.  So I had them create an Avatar to represent them online.  At first my students seemed genuinely bothered by the fact that they could not place their own pictures on their blog but after some conversation about safety and the purpose of the blog most agreed that using an Avatar would be just fine.   The following list seemed to be the most popular avatar creators among my students.

  1. DoppelMe – Free Dynamic Avatars  Create simple cartoon characters to represent ou as your avatar.
  2. Create Avatar – South Park Studios  Create a South Park Avatar to represent you.
  3. Marvel Create Your Own Superhero | Make Avatars with Iron Man, Hulk, Spider-Man, Thor, Thing, Wolverine, and more Marvel Characters | Marvel.com  Simple and easy to create superhero avatar creator.
  4. Toy story toy creator  Create your own Toy Story avatar.
M&M’S® Become an M&M’S® Character: Home  Create your own personalized M&M avatar.
  5. Raster Boy Avatar Creator
Easy to create full body cartoon
  6. FaceYourManga.com | Shake Yourself!
Another simple cartoon creator.
  7. Lego Avatar Creator
Easy Avatar creator that creates Lego
  8. Makewee
Wii Avatar Creator just like the the Wii console.
  9. Clay Yourself! | Hotels.com
Create a claymation avatar.
  10. HeroMachine 2.5, Superhero Generator, Create Your Own Hero – UGO.com
Super Hero Avatar creator.
  11. avatarizeyourself.com
Create an Avatar movie Avatar. Upload your own picture and then turn yourself blue.
  12. Wimp Yourself
Diary of a wimpy kid avatars.
  13.  Portrait Illustration Maker : Free Illustration Generater!
Simple to use avatar cartoon character creator. Has many different options and styles.
  14. BuiLD YouR WiLD SeLF
Sponsored by the New York Zoos and Aquarium. This site allows you to create half human half animal avatars.

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Augmented Reality Post Four: My “Manifest Destiny” Game

Augmented Reality Game

Augmented Reality Game

Well, I have been off of the grid lately, working on a new augmented reality game for my students.  This game is designed to introduce them to Manifest Destiny.  There were two things that I was hoping to accomplish with this game. First, to introduce them to Manifest Destiny,  and second to get them working together.  This game is set up so each student in the group interviews a different character.   Each person in the group receives only a portion of the answer in their interview, making it necessary for  the students to work together to get the correct answer.  Each stop has a question that is presented to them at the beginning of the game that will be answered a long the way.

1. What is Manifest Destiny?
2. What are the three political reasons that influenced the development of Manifest Destiny?
3. What are the three economical reasons that influenced the development of Manifest Destiny?
4. What are the three social reasons that influenced the development of Manifest Destiny?

The entire game takes place on the back field of our school with a total of  four stops in the game.  I am very excited to try this game out on Monday. Wish me luck!

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