Working with the 21st Century Learner, we are responsible for creating responsible digital citizens. This is especially true for the under 13 crowd. One tool that we have used in my classroom is the Lego Avatar Creator. The website lets students create a Lego avatar of their liking. They may customize it to suite their needs.
When using Kidblog, Voicethread or one of the many other digital tools, my students utilize their initials. In another layer of security, we use their Lego avatars with each of their accounts. This has proven to not only be a safe method but a fun way for kids to create a unique profile picture.
The first step in the process is to access the Lego Avatar website.
3) Saving the image can be a bit tricky depending on your platform. Macs are much easier being able to take a screen shot of only the Lego person. PC is a little more in depth.
a) print screen
c) CTRL + V (this will paste your image to allow cropping)
e) In option 2--choose if you want to resize. In option 3, choose a special effect and in option 4, choose the file format to save your avatar. Click the yellow "I'm Done." button.
**There are other methods for cropping your Lego avatar. However, this website allows anyone with an internet connection to crop their image. Since we have PowerPoint on all our computers, students just paste their screen shot into PowerPoint, double click on the picture, crop, right click and save as a .jpg.
Check out the wiki link below for a large list of tools for creating avatars.