This is probably the most fun the students get while the class blog is being set up. Instead of using a picture of themselves whenever they leave a comment on an eSchool campus blog, students get to create an image of themselves instead.
There are many different websites for creating avatars but I am going to list only a few that seem to be very popular with primary age students. I will also give you a link to another post including more choices.
These are some avatars I have created already. They are linked to the URL of the website where they were made.
Step 2. Using printscreen to save your avatar – make sure it is saved as a JPEG file
So you decided to create an avatar like “Hero Factory” or “Build your wildself” or “Mini Mizer” where you can’t save it easily. You need to take a picture of the screen first. Most computers have a printscreen button on the keyboard or if using Windows 7 you have an icon called “snipping tool”.
When you press printscreen an image of your screen is now copied to your clipboard. You will still need to crop and resize to get an avatar that fits well on your blog.
Open MS Paint and click control V to paste your image from the clipboard. To save, you need to go to File>Save As> change the name of the file to yourname with ava eg sueava then underneath change the file type to JPEG. Make sure you save your avatar to your drive.
Go to your drive, right click on the icon for your avatar image and choose “Open with” choose MS Picture Manager.
In the icons at the top, go to View> task pane. On the right go to edit pictures > crop. Now move the black bars on the side of your image in, to crop your picture to what you want in your avatar.
Click OK, then back to edit pictures. Now click on resize. In the box “custom width and height” put 97 in both boxes. These numbers might be slightly different but one has to be 97 and the other smaller than 97. Click OK.
Back up to file>save as> call it sueava2 or similar> make sure it is still JPEG. Make sure you have saved it to your drive again.
Now to upload to your blog. Go to your dashboard> users>your avatar> browse to find your image on your school H drive>alternate upload. This is your comment avatar.
If you create a class blog avatar. Dashboard>appearance>widget> blog avatar drag to your sidebar. To upload the avatar, dashboard>settings>blog avatar> browse to find your image on your school H drive>alternate upload. Go to your blog page and refresh. Your blog avatar should appear on your blog now.
If it now looks like a black coloured square then you haven’t cropped the image to the correct size in step 2 using printscreen. Or maybe you didn’t save the image as a JPEG in step 2 using printscreen.
Lastly, to make sure your avatar is linked to your class blog URL, go to dashboard> users> profile and make sure you have a nickname and your class blog URL is in the website box. This means whenever you leave a comment, the reader will just have to click on your name or avatar and it will take them to your class blog. Include the http:// part in the URL.