Thursday, August 22, 2013

Create Avatars for a Safe Online Profile

Several of the sites that we use such as Kidblog and Glogster allow students to upload a profile picture.  Since we teach our students not to post actual pictures of themselves online, we create avatars.

The site that we will be using is called Doppelme.  There are a lot of sites for creating avatars, but my choice is Doppelme.  Here's why.

  • Doppelme does not require an account.  Simply create the avatar and the right click and save your image.  You can get an account for free and have access to all of the choices if you would like to.
  • Doppelme has plenty of choices so that students' avatars will all look different.
  • Doppelme looks realistic and like people.
Before we start, I make sure students know that they must be appropriate in their choices.

Here are what our avatars looked like last year.
Notice that we also use pseudonyms instead of our real names for privacy on the Internet.

I realize that there are a lot of other choices for making avatars, but Doppelme is the one I choose!

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