An avatar is a pictorial representation of you that can look somewhat like you, but in comic form and it might include a picture of something you like. Importantly, in the Web 2.0 computer world, you can use an avatar to create an online personality while importantly still protecting your privacy.
You can use one of the following sites to create your avatar:
This blog posting from Edublogger blog about avatars has some tips on how to save and edit your avatar on a PC. Once you have your avatar saved, add it to your blog sidebar. With Edublogs blogs, you do that by uploading it as your blog avatar, then adding an avatar widget to your sidebar. Also add your avatar as your user avatar so that it appears in your comments. The Edublogger blog post can help you with that task also. With Blogger blogs, you add a picture gadget to your sidebar and upload your avatar file to it. Then, also upload your avatar to your profile under My Account.Once you have your avatar saved, add it to your blog sidebar.
To upload this to your blog, copy the html to your computer clipboard, then paste the html into a widget or gadget in you sidebar. You don’t need to create an account with Voki or dream avatar to make one!
Activity 3: Write a reflection about the creation of your avatar and your learning.
Describe what site you used, the process, and your results uploading the avatar to your blog. Make sure you create a hyperlink so others can find the site you used. Practice adding the link when ever you mention a site in your blog.
This week you will be learning more about blogging otherwise known as online journaling. Here is a link to a video to learn more about blogging. Write a post answering the following questions.
What can you use your blog for?
What do you think you will want to write about?
Thinking about your digital citizenship. What are some topics that you can blog about?
What do you need to be careful about to keep private and not include when you are blogging?
I have created a blogroll of the other students blogs. Check another student’s blog, cheer them on and comment on them. Ask them questions about how to do stuff or answer questions for those that need help.
What are the rights and responsibilities of a digital citizen in today’s world?
By exploring new online tools and using them to publish online in this tutorial, you will get to experience many new ways to be creative. You will also have the freedom to interact with friends in new ways and possibly even with people from around the country or the world. With that freedom, comes the responsibility to practice good etiquette as a digital citizen.
Activity 1: To help you explore these topics and try to answer the questions above for yourself or through conversation with your friends and classmates, here are a few short videos for you to watch:
Activity 2: To see whether you have a “digital footprint” established already, try going to Google and searching for your name. You may be surprised by what you find. Your digital footprint will stay with you your entire life, so you want whatever people may find about you online to be positive.
After you set up your blog (in Topic 2), you will write a posting about your thoughts about digital citizenship. Make sure to label your post as Topic 1: Digital Citizenship.
Activity 3: Read the Blogging Guidelines for Students from this link provided by CSLA Teen Learning. Write about your thoughts on the blogging guidelines for students. Were you surprised by any of the guidelines? Is their a guideline that you think should be added?
Welcome to Learning 2.0–Enjoy your 2.0 discovery learning journey.
This blog will link you and other library practice students during the spring semester 2012. You are your classmates will be completing the California School Library Association’s Teen Learning 2.0 tutorial. You will be introduced to a selection of free Web 2.0 online software tools, such as blogging, image generators, Google documents, and social bookmarking sites.
You will create your own blog and post information about your learning and experiences with the tools you will be using during the tutorial.
I will create a blogroll of all of the library practice students blogs. Please complete the Google docs form about your blog.
This tutorial is designed so that you can learn how to use the tools of web 2.0 for your classes or for fun.
I hope that you will have fun – because these websites are full of creative ideas for you to use. Take time to explore and enjoy all the tools of this new Internet. Read on!
Before you begin this tutorial, you need to know that you are entering the big world of the Internet and “social networking”. This means that you will possibly encounter images and ideas that may be different from those that you are used to. While we have limited the places we’re sending you, you will still be interacting with your fellow students in a way that you may not have done before. Therefore, we expect you to behave respectfully, always be positive and, when asked to critique others ideas, you will do so in a way that promotes learning and is constructive.
This tutorial was first designed for teachers, and it included activities organized into 23 different topics or “things.” You will explore 10 different topics and complete at least one activity for each topic. There are additional activities to explore and experience if time allows.
How to complete this tutorial:
1. Each topic takes about a week to complete.
2. Each week you will be introduced to at least one website/or tool. You may also get information about an aspect of digital citizenship.
3. Next, you have an activity to complete using the website.
4. The last, and most important thing you need to do is to post about what you learned on your blog.