What are AVATARS?

Avatars are virtual people/critters.

How can they be used in education?

Avatars are a creative way for students to express themselves. For some, getting in front of a camera is daunting. This provides another avenue for sharing/learning.
  • Autobiography
  • Biography of ANYONE
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Book reports
  • PSAs
  • News Reports

http://digitalsandbox.weebly.com/avatars-flipped-classroom.html


Create your own Animation

Blabberize

Upload a photo, draw on a mouth, and record.
Potential uses: character studies, book reports, biographies
Website:
http://blabberize.com/


Voki

Customize a virtual you. You must create an account to save the Voki. Vokis can be embedded into websites or the link can be shared out.
Website:
http://www.voki.com/
Noteworthy: Voki has an educational version, called Voki Classroom. Not free, but worth exploring.
Voki lesson plans:
http://www.voki.com/lesson_plans.php

Other Avatar Creation Tools

https://sites.google.com/site/webtoolsbox/avatars
https://copyrightfriendly.wikispaces.com/Avatar+Makers