A computer avatar is a personalized graphic that represents a computer user. There are basically two types of avatars:
  • those used on websites, such as blogs
  • those used in computer gaming and virtual worlds


Build Your Wild Self

Sponsored by New York Zoos and Aquarium and Wildlife Conservation Society
This avatar builder will appeal to young children as well as "the young at heart". Go wild and create a personal avatar with characteristics of some of the animals in the zoo. "First, design your human self. Then, choose your favorite animal parts and go wild."

Kid Safe Avatars

Voki for the Classroom

Voki is a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages. Voki recently added
educational accounts, Voki for the Classroom, that is specifically designed to meet the needs of educators.

Voki for the Classroom is ideal for various school projects at any grade level. It has powerful and easy-to-use features to make personalized avatars. Students have more than 150 customizable models with more than 500 costumes touse when creating their avatar. Voki allows users to record their own speech or use text to speech in 25 languages and is ADVERTISING-FREE with unlimited technical support via emails.

Voki for the Classroom Resources
VokiBlog Review of Voki for the Classroom features
Getting Started With Voki Avatars
Ideas for Classroom Use of Avatars
ESL Materials for Use with Voki
Technology4KidsVoki wiki page with great resources for utilizing Voki avatars

Examples of Voki

Foreign Language Class