Showing posts with label avatar creation tools. Show all posts
Showing posts with label avatar creation tools. Show all posts

8 Great Avatar Creation Tools for Teachers

Avator tools are like the comic tools I have covered in an earlier post before, they both involve the use of images but in a funny and joyful way. Of course these tools  can be used for a variety of educational purposes with our students in the classroom. Let us first see what is an avatar ?

An avatar is a figure or character that you can create and customize the way you want. You can use this character to interact with other friends online . Users have the full control of what they want to feature for example the kind of background, accessories, clothes...etc



Why avatars in education ?

  • Avatars are easy and simple to use 
  • Students can use avatar images in their profiles instead of their real pictures
  • Avatar-creation provides students with hands-on activities in identity building
  • Using avatars can increase students engagement and keep them focused and on-task
  • Students can use avatars in their projects and assignments 

Here is how one teacher thinks of using avatars with students :
A group of students in a history class could create an Avatar for different people in history (i.e., President of the United States, Governor of Alabama, African American students and families, White police officers, and Classroom teachers).  The students could use the Avatars to demonstrate their understanding of multiple perspectives during the Civil Rights Movement in the years following Brown v. Board of Education.
 Here are some of the best web tools to create avatars :


1- Voki

This is a web tool that allows you to easily create speaking characters and customise them the way you want before sharing them with others

2- Build your wild self

This web tool allows you to first design a human figure then add animal parts to it before you go wild. It is so much fun for kids

3- DoppelMe

DoppleMe is a cool tool that students can use to create avatars to use in the virtual world

4- Frenzoo

This is another cool tool to use to create avatars. It provides different styles and backgrounds

5- Gavatar

As its name indicates this platform lets you create avatars to use in blogs, and forums. It requires a sign up

6- Clay Yourself

This is an awesome tool for students to use to create clay versions of themselves.

7- Toy Creator

Toy Creator is a tool to create toys and use them in other websites as avatars

8- Wimpy Yourself

This tool is similar to Clay yourself except it allows you create wimpy versions of yourself and not clay ones

Build yourWild Self Easily Cartonize your Photos

Build your Wild Self is a cool website. It allows its users to create their own self portrait and add animal parts to. It is basically an avatar creation tool. This is a great website for students where they can create their own avatars and use them in conversations and storytelling. It can exponentially improve their critical thinking and imaginative powers.


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Build your Wild Self is very easy to use and does not require any sign up software download or installation. What is even great about this utility is that users can share the avatars they create with their friends using emails, print them out or save them to their desktop.

To start using Build your Wild Self you need to head over to its main page. Select the body you want whether it is for boy or girl. Now click on the different parts of the body shown to your right like for instance: Hair, eyes, mouth and for each part you will be provided a set of examples to choose from. The same applies to clothes, tails, head gear and backgrounds. When you are done you give it a name and click on I am done. If you want to send it to a friend just click on the button ' send to friend' or ' Get a wild desktop' to save it to your computer.

Here is an example of the avatar I created , it looks funny lol.


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Voki : a fun and free animated avatar tool for educators

Voki is an animation website. It is “ a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profiles and in email messages”. This web2.0 tool is very important in education as It enables teachers and students to express themselves on the web in their own voice , using a talking character. A voki can speak using your own voice , an uploaded file or by typing in a message. The vokis you create can be posted on your class blog, website or anywhere online”.( Definition taken from Voki ).

What are some features of voki ?

Voki has several features that make out of it a friendly tool to be used inside the classroom , among these features :
  • Voki is a free service
  • It is easy and user friendly
  • You can publish and share links to your vokis
  • It helps in lesson planning
  • It provides numeric resources for teachers.

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How can I get started using Voki ?

Here is a set of illustrated photos I have created to explain how you can create your own customized avatar
First log on to Voki main page
You can either start using the site without registration but I would recommend that you open an account with them .
Once you are registered click on “ create “
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Customize your avatar , read the instructions in this snapshot

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Get it a voice
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Players

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Backgrounds

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Resize your avatar


When you finish creating your avatar , click on publish and give it a title then hit save . Now you can either send your work to a friend using the “ send to a friend” option or add it to your site using the embed code attached.
To learn more about Voki read their FAQ page .
To see an example of a voki I have made just look up , you will see a male avatar on the right hand corner , click on play and you will hear my message to you .

Voki for education

Voki is not only a web2.0 application but a community where educators share their thoughts and learn from each others.
There are several ways you can use Voki in your classroom. Check Using Voki in Your Classroom  to learn more about how you can integrate Voki into your teaching.
You can also access “the lesson plans” sections and share your experience in lesson planning with others .

You can visit “ Teacher’s Corner” page to learn and get inspired by a wonderful community of educators.
That’s it about Voki : a fun and free animated avatar tool for educators.

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