Are you having fun yet? I hope that our summer camp is both fun AND useful for you!
Today is another fun and crafty day for us, as we return to the world of avatars. We've already created our wild selves...now it's time to Clay Yourself! Remember the hours that you've spent playing with clay or Play-dough? Have you watched your own children or students spend more time creating their avatar for a video game than actually playing the game?
Sponsored by hotels.com, this web 2.0 tool is another avatar creator that is free and does not require an account. And this one doesn't have big, splashy ads, just "hotels.com" scattered here and there.
By choosing the "create a character" tab from the top of the screen, you can create a claymation-type character, choosing different features from a menu.
One of the things that seems so cool about this is that students all over the world are clay-ing themselves, in places like New Zealand and London.
The stage name generator prompts you to choose your favorite type of vacation (hint, hint from hotels.com) and it creates a stage name. For example, when I chose "tropical paradise" for my vacation, my stage name turned out to be "Tamara Pineapple." I think the character names and clay people could be great story starters.
The "script creator" option is a "mad libs" activity, allowing you to choose parts of speech that get plugged into a story that's about a paragraph long.
Like Build Your Wild Self, this could be a good tool for students to create an avatar for themselves on sites where we don't want them to use their photos for safety and privacy reasons.
How could we use this site in library instruction?
-try to re-create a character from a book
-use this image in another program like Blabberize to make the character talk
-create a clay self of a person from a biography or autobiography
-discuss the way that an avatar lets you express your personality without compromising your online safety
Here's one more "avatar without an account" possibility, but I don't think my students would ever quit working on one of these...
Reasonably Clever will let you create a Lego avatar. No account is required, but you'll have to save it with a screen print. This is a blog, not affiliated with Lego. Maybe some digital citizenship issues here?
Have fun expressing yourself with an avatar and saving it to your camp scrapbook. And let us know what other ways you think of to use avatars in library instruction!