With the release of the James Cameron movie (which I highly recommend you see, by the way) everyone has now heard the word Avatar. In computing, an avatar is often the name used for the little picture you use on profile pages for things like blogs, twitter etc.

If you are blogging with students – it’s recommended that you don’t use real photographs of the students. A fun alternative is to create a cartoon avatar instead.

Here are 10 websites that you can use to create fun avatars. Some allow you to save the finished creation as a jpg for free. If not, then use the print screen button to copy the screen, paste into a paint program, crop and save as a jpg.

Sadly the avatar avatar generator is no longer available.. which was a shame as it was quite fun, although very slightly creepy.

1. WeeMee -Create a mini version of yourself, add accessories. There’s plenty of scope for customisation of your avatar.

2. South park studio – turn yourself into a South Park character

3. HeroMachine 2.5 – Turn yourself into a super hero character. This would also be great as a part of a digital storytelling resource  or story starter.

4. FaceYourManga.com Create a character in the style of a manga comic book

5. Ultimate Flash Face v0.42b a bit like a police photofit.

6. Make yourself in lego – Produce a lego character that looks like you. Or turn yourself into a Stormtrooper wizard. Is up to you 🙂

7. Simpsons Movie – Ever wanted to be a Simpsons character? Now you can create your own yellow-skinned doppleganger in the style of the Simpsons.

8. Mr. Picassohead – become an abstract piece of work in the style of Picasso. Put your eyes and ears wherever you want!

9. BuiLD YouR WiLD SeLF – Create an avatar out of bits and pieces of humans and other animals – head, arms, legs, clothes, eyes, mouth, tail, wings, shells … just pick the parts you like and assemble them together

10. My Mii Avatar Generator – create a Mii in the style of the characters found on the Wii computer console.

If you want more of these sites, the full list can be found on my Delicious list here: http://delicious.com/dannynic/avatar