Avatar Explorations

Avatars . . . to be or not on my blog?  Edublog’s Teacher Blogging Challenge was all about avatars in Challenge #4.  My avatar has always been a photograph of myself. As part of the challenge I explored a variety of free web-based tools to create a virtual version of myself.  See my creations below:

Avatars are perfect for MBS students to use because they help protect their identity.  Children should not be sharing personally identifiable information on the internet. Avatars make it possible for students to create a virtual self that represents their real self.  Students can be creative and express their interests and personality through their avatar.

After creating several different avatars for myself, I decided to add the one I created with Voki to the left sidebar.  Press the play button and hear my message.  I liked being able to welcome parents to my blog and suggest ways to use it to spark a discussion with their child.

What do you think of my new avatar?  Leave a comment and tell me what you think.

Before and After the Spring Clean

I ‘ve been participating in Edublogs Teacher Blogging Challenge since January.  This week’s challenge asked us to update and improve our “About Me” page and add one new page to our blog.  Pages give important information about our class or school.  I added pages explaining homework, word study, math, and science units.  Pages are located on the right hand sidebar . . . check them out!

When I looked at my “About Me” page I realized it was sorely lacking.  It gave a brief introduction to my family, including a picture, and told about how I spend my summers.  The picture was old and didn’t include my pooches, Moe and Bella.  The bio didn’t tell enough about me as a teacher or a person.  A google search would have probably yielded more information!

So I updated my page.  One “About Me” page that got my interest was on Sue Water’s Blog.  She included subheadings and categorized the information she shared.  I decided to follow this format for my page.  While Sue’s page has much more information than mine does, I like how she organized the information.

I decided to include information about the following topics:

  • Looking Glass Blog
  • Information about myself as a teacher
  • Information about my family and interests
  • How I spend my summer.

These summer moments with my dogs and a good book, while few and far between, are very important to me.  I think my new page is much better and contains more information for my readers. Check out my new “About Me” page and tell me what you think!!!  I have tough skin, so please be honest.  Is there something you wish I had included?  What would make it better?