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[av-uh-tahr, av-uh-tahr] -noun

1. Computers. a graphical image that represents a person, as on the Internet dictionary.com


Some of the following sites will need you to take screen captures of your avatars, here are the instructions.

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Weemee

This Weemee was created in WeeWorld. Click on the slideshow to find out how to make one.

My Avatar Editor

When you show My Avatar Editor to children they recognise it straight away as it looks like the avatars (known as Mii)

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Superhero Avatar

Kids love to create avatars and what could be better than turning yourself into a 'Superhero'!

The Hero Factory has a range of looks and accessories to create your Superhero.A name is generated once you have finished your creation. Mine is 'Whipped Nine Tails'

Warning: check the names when they are generated to ensure that they are suitable for children to use. I have heard of one word that is not appropriate. This is the opportunity to enforce Digital Citizenship with children, they have to make the decision whether the name is suitable or not!

Simpsons Avatar

Create a Simpsons Avatar, download an image.

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Marvel Superheroes

Following on from my blog post about The Hero Factory, there is another Superhero site. Marvel has their own website for creating superheroes.

Hero Machine

HeroMachine Version 2.5

Choose a Pose and all your options will load.

Choose from all of the options available (select a colour for each

Once you have finished take a screen capture There are also options for printing.

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Mini-Mizer

I came across Mini-mizer from 'Reasonably Clever' which creates Lego style characters, but there was adult content, so I put a tweet out on Twitter and received a link to the 'Kid Friendly version of Mini-Mizer'. It has a lot less graphics but you can still create great characters or Avatars.

Again you will still need to take screen captures to copy these images.

Reasonably Clever Block Head Iconiser

Then I searched specifically for children and found this site Reasonably Clever Block Head Iconiser

To use this picture you need to take a screen capture Windows Users click here

Mac Users click here

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Build Your Wildself

Another programme called Build your Wildself has students creating themselves and then adding animal body parts to finish off as a Wild Self. Once students had created their “wild self”, click on Get a Wild desktop, right click it and select Save Image As and you will have a copy of the avatar.

Kerpoof

Kerpoof allows you to make avatars but you need to be registered. Once you have registered, go to My Stuff and create your avatar.Again there is no download feature but you can do a screen capture before you click Save.

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DoppelMe

And then there is DoppelMe you can create your avatar and when you have finished you can right click, select Copy and paste into the programme of your choice.

Bless this Chick

Create cute little chicks. Name them and then export the image.

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Grabba Beast

Create your own Beast

Make a TInker

Create a Tinker. The developers are creating a world called Tinkatoli, sign up to be one of the beta testers or just take a screen capture of the Tinker and use it as an avatar.

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Create a Smurf

Take a screen capture

or record your voice and then embed the smurf


Get a Voki now!


Toy Creator

Create a toy. Save as a large picture or a small one. If you register you can get embed code.

Voki

Voki is an animated avatar. You can customise the avatar's look.===You can add voice by typing in some text and a computer generated voice will read it out, or record your own voice using the microphone.

You can add backgrounds.


And you can publish to your blog or wiki.

You can also send to an email address and a phone

You will need to set up an account.

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Wimp yourself

Create an avatar from Diary of a Wimpy Kid. You can save and then export image (if you scroll down it will give you are choice of cropped images to save.