Taken from a painting of Kapiti Island at Sunset. by Sonia Savage.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Maybe?Maybe Not? I have made a different Avatar made in abi-station.
I rather like it, it has slightly messy hair, which mine can become in class, however I will be keeping the avatar that I use around the web.
So what are avatars you ask? Well they are digital images that depict us, an image of ourselves that we use consistently around the internet when we are commenting on blogs etc. While some people use their real photos, often people in education use an avatar. I use such a one because for safety reasons we encourage students to use an avatar. Besides that its rather fun! I like them because they're wrinkle free!! I recognise other peoples avatar if I see them often enough. One such avatar is Miss Wyatt's avatar. What a funky avatar. I envisioned her in her 30's. It wasn't only her avatar but her energy in edublogs challenges that mislead me. I found out just a few weeks ago she has just this year to retirement.
On this blog, the one I use is both my blog avatar and comment avatar. As far as I can remember I made this in Moeruavatar. On my class blog it is my comment avatar; I have my actual photo for my blog avatar. I have used this avatar consistently over the last two years and it feels me! It shows up on all Edublog's blogs. Also it links to my email, I registered it somewhere so that if would do so. I am sorry but what I did has sunk into the mists of time!
My students have their own avatars too. Some of them changed them the second year around, but this year I think I will be encouraging them to keep with what they have, because after awhile I begin to recognise avatars as I do names. My avatar is dressed in yellow because its one of my favourite colours; I drive a yellow car! I wear glasses all the time, even though I sometimes take them off in photos!
My user name around the internet is Mistea, if it hasn't been used when I join up. Although in commenting generally I use my own first name Kathryn or Miss T, when commenting on student blogs. I drink numerous cups of tea in a day, I have my own teapot at school, because I drink more than one cup in a sitting, hence my username. Another username I occasionally use is Katenz. That one should be obvious.
RSS Feeds? I use a Google reader. I have set it up to feed in all my students posts, and they also show up in a widget from my google reader on our class blog. I also have other envelopes for some favourite blogs. I keep it reasonably simple, I don't overload myself. I also have my iGoogle home page with feeds there. I keep this for my top blogs, the ones I instantly want to know about when I log on. So for example at present the Teacher Challenge is sitting there at the top of this page. It shows the first three posts links on that blog. Very handly.