Which one of these should be my online avatar?
But on to the challenge of this week, I played with many different sites. Avatars are a great way for me to explore my many sides. I would not go as far as to say I have multiple personalities, maybe different digital personas is a better term.
For example, I love my Wii games, but I had almost as much fun creating avatars based on the Greek and Roman Gods as I did actually playing the games. There is something very satisfying about playing a digital game with the mythology characters I used to teach in my Latin class. For a long time, I used a Mii as my blog avatar made from this site.
I changed it to a picture of myself this week, but I don’t really like the picture. I thought I wanted a picture of myself, but now I can’t decide after seeing all the cool avatar creation tools out there. And I really don’t know if I want to use only one of my creations on everything digital and online that I do. I’ll have to think about that.
I highly recommend using avatars with students. It is not only a fun and creative activity, but it also is a great way to begin talking about online identity and Internet safety. By using avatars with students, they can post a picture with their work or multimedia creations, but they are protected from unwanted attention.
Here is a collage of more avatars. Upper left is from BlessThisChick, upper right is from Build Your Wild Self, lower left is from Photofunia, and lower right is from BeFunky.
So, readers of Fresh Fowlers, which avatar do you like? I am really not sure now that I know all these other cool avatar makers are out there waiting to be explored!