Make Your Classes Come Alive with Custom Avatars!

What Type of Avatar is right for your Class? 

Glogster EDU is fun for everyone; students and teachers alike. Make your classes and your students stand out, and help your learners to feel that they are expressing themselves, with custom Avatars. Here Glogster EDU discusses a few free avatar creators that might be right for your class.

Picking the right avatar creator is a delicate thing. If you’re the type of teacher who loves attention to detail, and loves to be creative, there are an embarrassment of possible choices for a great avatar maker. While many teachers use screenshots of student Glogs as avatars, you may want to allow students to prepare their own custom models, or you might like to try giving all your students the gift of an avatar made by their favorite Glogster EDU teacher. Here are a few services we’ve tried, along with our reviews of each.

The Na’Vi Avatar Creator:

He doesn't look too familiar.

He doesn’t look too familiar.

While we loved the concept of a class full of little Avatars (the Na’vi people from the hit film called Avatar), this Avatar creator from Doll Divine doesn’t measure up to expectations. While it’s fun to customize your Avatar’s clothing and the background, we can’t really say that this Avatar accomplishes its primary purpose: identifying the user in a unique way. The facial features were not really customizable, and so we didn’t really get that “wow!” moment of recognition with the end result.

The Simpson’s Avatar Creator

Thelma from Scoobie Doo?

Thelma from Scoobie Doo?

We had fun with this simple Avatar maker. While the facial features are not overly customizable, there were enough choices that we didn’t feel constrained. Kid and adult versions are available, in both male and female shapes, and the tools allow for custom choices of color and clothing. It’s enough to make something that vaguely resembles a student, but is a fun reference to the popular show.

Picasso Head

One of our favorites out there, this fun and daring Avatar creator uses the concept of a Picasso drawing, with a drag and drop interface. You can layer, resize and recolor any of a handful of basic elements to create a unique face, and the feeling that it was drawn by Pablo himself. Here are some of our attempts:

Mr. Potato head?

Mr. Potato head?

Bad hair day

Bad hair day

While we freely admit, the results don’t *exactly* scream Picasso, this was pretty fun. There are a limited number of objects to use, but the customization makes for endless possibilities. Add your signature in the Picasso style for added authenticity.

Pick a Face

Is that you Beiber??

Is that you Beiber??

We had high hopes for Pick a Face, but really, every Avatar we tried came out looking more or less the same. In a world of unrealistic body image issues and pressure on kids to conform to traditional concepts of beauty, it’s too bad that such a popular avatar maker produces such bland, “beautiful” images. Kids should just look like kids in our opinion. There’s nothing wrong with that.

Doppel Me

Serious Business

Doppel Me is a fun and easy full body Avatar creator. The faces are not so customizable, but there are plenty of clothing options to make up for this, and the size is right for a Glogster EDU Avatar.

So now you’ve got a few options to explore. Add Avatars to your Glogster student profiles today, and bring some personality to your Glogster EDU Classes and Projects. Each of these tools can yield fun and interesting results in under a minute, so don’t be afraid to dive in.

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