Showing posts with label avatars. Show all posts
Showing posts with label avatars. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

A Fun Tool for Creating Avatars

The internet is full of websites on which you can make little icons and avatars. What it's not full of is free sites for that purpose that aren't littered with pop-up ads and similar annoyances. That's why I was happy to find Mustachio. Mustachio is a free site that anyone can use to create a simple avatar. 

To create an avatar on Mustachio simply go to the site and click on the flashing avatar until you see one that you like. You can then customize the basic avatar you've chosen. Some of the many customization options include changing the jawline of your avatar, adding or removing wrinkles, changing ear shape, and changing hair, skin, and eye colors. Watch this brief video to see how easy it is to create and download a free avatar on Mustachio

Applications for Education
Using a custom avatar can be a good alternative to using the stock avatars that students are assigned by various sites that they use for your class. It's also a good alternative to using their actual pictures. And creating a custom avatar is a quick and fun process that can be used as a reward or incentive in for reaching a goal in your classroom. I know some elementary school teachers who start the year with students using standard avatars and then as the year goes on students will get to create their own avatars when they've reached a particular goal for the class. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Thank You Weekend Guests!

Over the weekend I had five people stop by to guest post on Free Technology for Teachers. Judging by the comments and the amount of visits to those posts, they were well received by readers. Thank you to my weekend guests David, Lisa, Kevin, Charity, and Werner. In case you missed them over the weekend, here are the guest posts:

A Google Apps Adventure at Bali International School
QR Codes in the Classroom
HOTTS - Higher Order Thinking Technology Skills
Create Your Own Avatar With My Avatar Editor
Advice to New Graduates That Will be Entering the Teaching Profession

If you're interested in being a weekend guest on Free Technology for Teachers, please read this post and send an email to weekendguest (at) freetech4teachers (dot) com

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Check Out the Voki Lesson Plan Database

Voki for Education is a neat talking avatar creation service that has gained quite a bit of popularity with elementary and middle school teachers. Using nothing more than their keyboard and mouse students can create customized talking avatars. Add in a microphone and students can use their own voices for their avatars. Finished avatars can be embedded into a blog, wiki, or website or simply shared on the Voki site.

Applications for Education
Voki for Education now offers a lesson plan database that anyone can access. If you have lesson plans of your own that you would like to share, you can add them to the database. Here are a couple of the ideas I quickly gleaned from the database. Voki has been used by educators to have students create and produce short digital stories. Some teachers have students create Voki avatars to practice their foreign language pronunciations without the fear of having their classmates judging them on the spot.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Voki for Classrooms

Through a Tweet by Vicki Davis I have learned that Voki is offering an ad-free version for educators. Voki is a service that allows users to create animated audio avatars that they can embed into their wikis, blogs, and websites. The details on the Voki site aren't entirely clear as to whether or not the ad-free version will be free, but it appears to be. You can register for Voki for Classrooms here.

Applications for Education
Normally I would write something of my own in this section. Instead, I will direct you to a guest post on Free Technology for Teachers that Shelly Terrell wrote in February about using Voki with students.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Making Videos on the Web - A Free Guide
11 Techy Things for Teachers to Try This Year
Six Easy Ways for Students to Create Videos Online