10 Web Tools and Apps for Creating Avatars

“Identity will be the most valuable commodity for citizens in the future, and it will exist primarily online.” – Eric Schmidt

One of the first steps for participating in any social network or online community is creating a digital image of ourselves, an avatar. We often have several avatars across many social networks. Some look like us and others are symbols or graphical representations of us. It is important we get our students to create digital avatars and reflect on their digital identities. I discuss this in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions. Below, are free web tools and apps students can use to create avatars. Find activities and tips in this post for Sprout English.

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Animated Avatars

  • Voki is a web tool and app for students to create animated talking characters to embed in blogs and animated presentations.
  • With  Gabsee (iOS) students create a 3D avatar that resembles them then project the avatar anywhere with augmented reality to create adventure videos.
  • With Tellagami (iOS), students create a video with a customized character. Students can change the character’s mood, design an outfit, then record their voice or add dialogue.
  • Buddy Poke 3D (Android/iOS) allows students to create animated 3D avatars that look like them. They create an animated movie starring the avatar along with a peer’s avatar.
  • Students create characters on Plotagon (web/iOS/Android) and they star in an animated movie. Students pick a scene, add dialogue, determine the emotions, and add sound effects and music.

Avatar Creators

  • BitMoji is one of the most popular apps for creating cartoon like avatars/emojis of yourself. Your avatar is placed with several stickers and sayings so you can express yourself through text messages or on social networks.
  • Doppel Me is a web tool to create a cool graphical likeness of yourself.
  • Cuteki is a web tool where students select the costume/character to go with their style and personality. They can create holiday themed avatars.
  • Build Your Wild Self is a web tool to create a human like avatar with different animal parts.
  • Mini-Mizer is a web tool children use to create an avatar that resembles a Lego character.
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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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