As teachers, we have a responsibility to make sure you are being internet savvy and responsible while using computers and mobiles at school. Hopefully what we teach you will also be seen in the way you use the internet at home or out-of-school hours.
One way of being internet savvy is not to have pictures of yourself on your blog. So below are a few sites where you can have a go at creating what is called an “Avatar“. Remember though, that age counts when using some websites and if you are under 13, then some of these sites are not suitable for you to use yet. These are where you need to have parental or guardian permission.
Activities for week 2
1. Create an appropriate avatar to represent yourself. Save the picture as either a .gif or .jpeg or .png .
2. If using Edublogs, when you log-in to your blog dashboard, there is a link under the section “Getting started with Edublogs” that allows you to upload your blog and user avatar in one easy step. If you are a user like author or editor under your class blog, you should be able to upload to user avatar but not blog avatar.
3. Once you have uploaded a user avatar this will appear wherever you make a comment. Make sure you have your blog URL correctly written in your settings and profile. So from now on, people will be able to click on your avatar and go straight to your blog. But if your URL is wrong, you will miss out on some interesting visitors.
4. Now create a post to explain why this avatar represents you. If you are using a class blog, work with your teacher to create a post or page about your avatars. If you have saved the avatars on a drive at school, then your teacher could upload each of them as images with an explanation under each avatar. Make sure your teacher also creates an avatar.
5. If you created a Voki, then it can’t be added like an avatar. Check out this site if you want to add it to your sidebar and check out here if you want to add a Voki to a post or page. In both these posts, the most important thing is have everything ready in the post or page, including tags and categories before you insert the code under HTML and finally hit publish.
6. Still got time left this week, then make sure you visit the blogs of other participants. Leave me a comment here about some of the blogs you visited and what the interests were of the students you visited.
Remember the most important part of blogging is the conversation you begin and follow up on.
Any age can use these avatar sites:
If under 13, sorry you can’t register for these. But over 13, need parental or guardian permission.
Thanks to this wiki which gave me many avatar websites to visit.
Reminder: Remember if writing a post or comment, mention stubc08 somewhere in your work.