Each of my second graders created a Famous American Avatar using My Avatar Editor and saved them in power point along with a background image that suited their American; baseball field for Jackie Robinson, log cabin for Abraham Lincoln, etc. Then they recorded themselves in the first person speaking about why they are considered to be a Famous American and their contributions they made to society. After compiling all of the students' slides into one power point presentation, the teacher showed it to the class as a review before their test. The students enjoyed seeing all the different avatars and hearing themselves and their classmates speaking about their Famous American. I can't wait to see how they did on the test.....bet they aced it!
When I heard that my second grade students were studying Famous Americans, I immediately thought of a tip that I had read on Tammy Worcester's Blog, "Tammy's Technology Tips for Teachers". In Tip 74, she shows how to use the avatar creater from the website My Avatar Editor and some clever ways to use the avatars in the classroom.