10 Ways To Use Avatars In Education As overcrowded classrooms, crunched school district budgets, and online, open learning become more prominent in lower and higher education — for better or worse — teachers and students are feeling stretched in many directions. While the hoped for result in democratic learning is that we’ll all be more connected, the truth is that we’re also losing valuable face time and struggling to find new ways to bring the world back to students. Avatars are being used to help these challenges, by helping younger students contextualize history lessons, giving teachers more direct training before they even meet students, and more. Here are 10 amazing ways avatars are being used in education. 1.
Avatars Everywhere: 27 of the Best Avatar Makers Avatar creator Meez is back in the news this week, but there are dozens more avatar creation tools gunning for this market. Today we attempt an overview of that market: please add more suggestions in the comment section. Weblin- Create an avatar and use it as your virtual self within web pages in real-time, interacting with other Weblin users who share the same interests. Meez.com- Create a 3D animated avatar for export directly to most web profiles, blogs, etc.
Animation Tools - Movie Making in the Classroom For a different twist on movie making in the classroom try animation. Like movie making, animation can be a fun way to incorporate technology, multi-literacy, and 21st Century skills into your classroom. It's a lot of fun too! Who knows, you might just inspire the next Disney! Make a character Please select one of the following options: If someone is bothering you, use the Ignore button to block them. They won’t be able to contact you or comment on your strips and you won’t see their comics anymore. See how to ignore someone
Creative Commons for Educators: A Free Online Course to Help Teach Digital Skills File this under, “a great opportunity for teachers.” Our friends at Creative Commons teamed up with P2PU to launch the newly minted School of Open, a free service that offers “courses on the meaning, application, and impact of “openness” in the digital age and its benefit to creative endeavors, education, research, and beyond.” If you’re interested in learning how to find and adapt free, useful resources & activities focused on teaching digital world skills to students, their facilitated course, Creative Commons for K-12 Educators, was created with you in mind. Also, if you haven’t taken a course online, it’s a good chance to get your feet wet. In addition to the Creative Commons offering, additional ones include courses on Copyright 4 and authoring articles for Wikipedia.
Confession: Schools struggle with latest Facebook challenge Need more proof that today’s students are far more tech savvy than most adults? This growing Facebook trend is causing headaches for school officials across the country. The culprit? Facebook “Confession” Pages. If you haven’t heard of this fad, here’s the gist: Students create a school confession page anonymously where they can reveal their deepest, darkest secrets in posts on Facebook. Although Facebook generally requires users to use their real identity, students have learned how to skirt that rule by choosing to camouflage their true identity as page administrators.
46 Tools To Make Infographics In The Classroom Infographics are interesting–a mash of (hopefully) easily-consumed visuals (so, symbols, shapes, and images) and added relevant character-based data (so, numbers, words, and brief sentences). The learning application for them is clear, with many academic standards–including the Common Core standards–requiring teachers to use a variety of media forms, charts, and other data for both information reading as well as general fluency. It’s curious they haven’t really “caught on” in schools considering how well they bridge both the old-form textbook habit of cramming tons of information into a small space, while also neatly overlapping with the dynamic and digital world. So if you want to try to make infographics–or better yet have students make them–where do you start? The 46 tools below, curated by Faisal Khan, are a good place to start.
Awesome Digital Citizenship Graphic for your Classroom Digital citizenship is " the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use."It is the combination of technical and social skills that enable a person to be successful and safe in the information age. Just like literacy and numeracy initiatives which provide people with the skills to ' participate in the work force, digital literacy has become an essential skill to be a confident, connected, and actively involved life long learner.' I personally recommend that teachers and educators should, throughout the entire school year, devote special sessions to just teaching students about Digital Citizenship. Students need to learn how to act appropriately while using the net and there are several activities and resources to help you do that with them. Check out this section to access some of these resources.