3/2/2011

LET’S JUST GET IT OUT OF THE WAY…

Na’vi Julie
http://www.avatarizeyourself.com/ http://www.learnnavi.org/

OK, NOW WE CAN GO ON
A little about meDirector of Instructional Technology Cowley College Arkansas City, KS

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TECHIE GEEK GIRL
Research & Development Department ANGEL System Admin Creator and Facilitator TEC Courses (Technology Enhanced Classroom) Editor and primary contributor to monthly instructional technology newsletter

Tiger TechnoBabble
Adjunct Online Instructor Lover of all bright, new, shiny gadgets

WHAT WE’RE DOING TODAY
Images create a connection with students. Fun images may create a “fun” or playful connection with your students! How do you want your students to “see” you? Or, how do your students see themselves? Creating personalized avatars can be an insightful alternate method of assessment. In this session, we’ll examine just a few of the free applications that allow you to be anyone you want to be. Let’s get started! These examples are all ME…as I perceive myself in the different applications. 

WHAT MY AVATARS HAVE IN COMMON
OFTEN

FOR SURE
Younger Blonder Thinner

Short, blondish hair Glasses Stylish apparel? COFFEE Computer, book, or phone

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DOPPEL ME
Doppel Me – Free Dynamic Avatar Maker http://doppelme.com/ Pretty basic, but easy to use. You do not have to create an account, but if you do, you get access to more features. Just click on the Create tab to get started. The category menu is on the left-hand side. When you are done, Right-Click on your DoppelMe, and choose Save Picture As. Save to a location on your computer.

ANIME FACE MAKER
http://www.manga.com/content/avatar-face-maker Quick, quick, quick…but limited options! Plus = tiara…Minus = glasses don’t have a clear setting! To get started, choose your background and skin colors. Next, locate the options menu at the top of the page. There are no labels, so you might have to click around! To save, you’ll have to do a Screen Capture and then some editing in your favorite image program.

FACE YOUR MANGA
http://faceyourmanga.com/faceyourmanga.php?lang=eng This is one of my favorites…so easy to work with! Click Create to begin. The category menus are on the right-hand side. Be on the lookout for the “color” icon which allows you to customize your Manga even further. When you are done, the program will ask you for your email address, and it will email your Avatar to you. Be sure to look in your Junk mail folder for an email with a .jpg file attached.

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WEE WORLD
http://www.weeworld.com/ This is easily one of the most option filled applications. Stylin’ the leopard print shoes, the iced latte, designer bag and phone…sweet! Get started by clicking Create a WeeMee. (Note: You do NOT have to register to create a WeeYou.) Once you’ve got the initial requirements down, you’ll have TWO menu areas…major ones on the bottom, and subsets on the left-hand side. Check out all the options and have fun! Before you click the Save me now! button, let me give you your options. To keep a custom background, if you’ve selected one, you’ll have to do a Screen Capture at this point. (You cannot right-click, as it’s still editing in Flash.) If you are fine with it defaulting to a soothing clouds background, then click the Save me now! button, and then right-click on the image. Choose Save Picture As, and save to a convenient location on your computer.

MESS DUDES
http://www.messdudes.com/free-avatars-buddy-iconsdisplay-pictures.html Another fun one, it also has some features that are animated. (Though I can’t find a setting to save the animations!) As a tribute to ANGEL, I’ve chosen a halo to go along with my ever-present phone and cold drink. Get started by choosing to be a Dude or a Dollz. Major tabs are: Head, Body, Hand & Background Items, and Backgrounds. Arrows guide you to different color and type choices. Hover your mouse pointer to discover categories. No registration necessary. When complete, click the Click HERE to Download! button. You can just accept the default settings regarding wallpaper and mobile phones, and then click Get Download. Click on Forum/Blog/Web Site Avatar and then right-click on the image and choose Save Picture As. Save to a location on your computer. (Note: Some of the advertisements on the site might be a tad bit “racy.”)

BE FUNKY
http://www.befunky.com/ For this one, you have to use a real picture, but there are 100’s of effects to choose from! The setting I used here is “Underpainting.” You do not have to register, but you will have AMPLE reminders that a “Plus” account (paid!) would free up some blocked options and remove the “befunky” watermark from your creations. Get started by clicking the Upload button on the top right-hand side of the screen. When you’re done altering your image, click the Save button (same location.)

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BIG HUGE LABS
http://bighugelabs.com/motivator.php You need pictures to do anything. However, there are 100’s…NO…1000’s of things that you can do with an image! Two Examples - Motivational Posters and Badge Maker

PHOTOFUNIA
http://photofunia.com/ You will need a picture to use. It uses face-detecting technology to put you in a variety of situations…some even animated!

VOKI
http://voki.com/ Create animated videos, featuring your voice! Watch the eyes move. Recently, Voki added Voki for Education http://www.voki.com/Voki_for_education.php Resources include Lesson Plans, Teacher’s Corner, and Voki Tips and Discussion Create a FREE account. It’s a fabulous program!

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MORE FUN FREEBIES
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World http://www.scottpilgrimthemovie.com/avatarCreator/ What can I say? I have a teenage step-son.

Portrait Illustration Maker http://illustmaker.abi-station.com/index_en.shtml Makes a very tiny image, with very tiny options! Not for the bi-focal crowd.

Create My Picture http://www.planetcreation.co.uk/createpic/ Very basic and very cartoony. For the cutting edge Edupunk!

Marvel Create Your Own Superhero http://marvel.com/create_your_own_superhero Hmmm…let me just say I’ll never look as good as my alter-ego! It was too depressing to even download. Also, you can create your own comic strip. http://marvel.com/games/play/34/create_your_own_comic

Digibody’s Caricature Maker http://digibody.com/avatar-maker/index.php Quick, but very few options. B/W “sketch.”

Simpson’s Avatar http://www.simpsonsmovie.com/main.html A. Classic.

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Build Your Wild Self (New York Zoos and Aquarium) http://www.buildyourwildself.com/ Take a walk on the wild side!

Grrrrrrr…

DO OTHER INSTRUCTORS DO THIS?
Good question – From the September 2010 issue of Tiger TechnoBabble This month our fabulous prize winner is Cowley IMPACT English Specialist, Dianne Flickinger. Dianne was doubly adventurous at the beginning of the semester in that she used ANGEL’s Discussion Forum feature for student introductions, AND had her students create Avatars (cartoon images) of themselves to share with the class. Dianne reports, “In June, I took advantage of attending the summer classes made available to staff. I attended Julie’s Avatar class wanting to learn something new and unique to use with students. Julie suggested that we could ask students to make their own avatars and introduce themselves to the rest of the class. I provided instructions and showed them how to insert images in their discussion postings. Most of the students enjoyed this activity, and it was interesting to see and read the perceptions that students have of themselves.”

DIANNE AND HER STUDENTS

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CONTACT INFO
If you’d like to read Tiger TechnoBabble: http://www.scribd.com/julie_rorabaugh

If you have any further questions, or just want to chat: Julie Rorabaugh rorabaughj@cowley.edu

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