What to do with an Avatar?

An avatar can certainly be an attention-grabber for an online class where you don’t get much face-to-face interaction. (NOTE TO RSS READERS: You may have to click through to see/hear the avatar on this one.)

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(I hate those blogs with auto-loading sound.)

I use mine to remind (warn) students when there’s going to be an exam. Recently I’ve acquired a new model – ME! This is as close as you’re going to get to meeting me in person (at least online). For a mere $75 ($37.50 if it’s on sale), you can have your face mapped into a 3-D avatar model. So, that’s what I did. I call her the Marivatar.

At first it seemed creepy – but now I’ve gotten used to it and sometimes when I look in the mirror I am a little disturbed to see that I don’t look as good as my “idealized” self. I think I need some blue colored contacts. Then I may feel better.

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  1. Scott says:

    Hey! So where did you get that avatar? I didn’t see the customization option at SitePal. Maybe I’m not looking hard enough, lol.

  2. Maria H. Andersen says:

    It’s called a custom “model” – you have to have a basic level of service (bronze cost about a hundred dollars a year). Then you can purchase additional models. It’s usually one of the optional “sale” items when you log in. :) m

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