I send emails, I blog, I tweet, and I leave comments on other people’s blogs. As I conduct my online activities, I am conscious of my digital footprint, and endeavour to promote a consistent, positive image of myself online.
I have generally been reluctant to share my own image online, a key reason why I found this challenge difficult to undertake.
For some months now, I have used one of my all-time favourite photographs, entitled Sunset over the WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle Harbour, as my avatar. It reflects my love of photography and Fremantle Ports, which is one of my favourite photographic destinations.
Now, after reflecting on the implications of Challenge #4 and @brittgow’s advice, I have decided to use a more personal avatar, reflecting my efforts to build professional online relationships with teachers around the world.
I had a play with the various avatar creation tools suggested by Sue Waters on the Edublogger™; however, while I thought they were excellent for use by students in school blogging projects, I didn’t find anything that I liked. So earlier today, I came across the latest Teacher Challenge Post (in my Google™ RSS reader), and had a look through what other participants were doing.
In the course of my browsing, I came across a reference to BeFunky™ (http://www.befunky.com), an online photo editing tool. I was soon hooked!
Here some of my experiments …
In the end, I decided to adapt the photograph on the right (featured on my revised About Page). I’ve uploaded my new avatar to my Twitter™ and Blogger™ profiles, and created a Gravatar™ account, ensuring its consistent appearance next to my tweets and blog comments across the Internet.
So what does my new avatar say about me?
1) I love photography! and 2) No, its an Australian akubra bush hat, NOT a cowboy hat!
Yes, my avatar features THE HAT which has made me famous (or should I say infamous?) amongst my hundreds of students!
Well, that’s it for this week. Once again, thankyou for all the feedback and informal mentoring that has been going on behind the scenes at A Relief Teacher’s Journey. As promised in yesterday’s post, my revised About Me page is now live. Why not check it out?