Friday, 18 January 2013

Why the Silence?

You may have noticed that I have not been updating this blog as frequently as usual over the last few months, for which I apologise. Unsurprisingly, the reason is time. Between family and work, there just aren't as many minutes  to write posts as I'd like. So, if you've been missing out on new edtech tools in particular, go across to Twitter and follow me @iTeachTweets

As it takes mere seconds to share resources on there, I am more inclined to post on a daily basis. I employ the usual hashtags, but in addition tag on #idiscoveriteach for easier sifting. Have a look at who I'm following too for some great resources on a daily (hourly) basis. And if you haven't yet discovered the wonder of Twitter, I encourage you to get in - it's a gateway to the best quality education discussions and resources in existence - apart from this blog of course ;p

DoppleMe: Create Free Avatars

DoppleMe allows you to create a head-to-toe avatar and customise it as you please. There are limited options for those who do not register, but enough to create a decent figure. For those who do register (for free), you can save and edit your avatar and get access to a wider range of features.

I recently used this site for my learners to create personalised avatars for interactions with other schools. For those who have concerns about learners putting their faces on the Internet, this is a safe option.
Another use that comes to mind is creating characters for storytelling. Using Michael Gorman's lesson plan for the 'one take video' I could see how these avatars could be exploited to create characters.