How to Create and Use Student Avatars in Your Classroom


Written by Holly (Teach Starter)

We can’t hide from it. Digital life is here to stay and children love it! Avatars are one form of digital life that is becoming a popular tool in classrooms and can serve in a number of capacities.

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Teach Starter has recently added a Student Avatar Creator to our selection of Create Your Own Teaching Resources tools. Using this tool, teachers can create stylised avatars to represent their students. A great, fun way to ensure each student feels included, welcomed and comfortable within their learning environment.

How can you use avatars in the classroom?


Here is a list of ideas for how you may utilise student avatars in the classroom:

  1. Use the avatars when creating and writing stories – using the students’ avatars will engage them immensely in the writing process.
  2. Use the avatars on the classroom welcome sign – make your students feel special and welcomed.
  3. Use them to identify who is in particular groups for small group work.
  4. Use the avatars on behaviour management charts and rewards systems.
  5. Use them on a job chart to show who is responsible for what each week.
  6. A cute ice breaker activity – shuffle and distribute the pictures of avatars. Students then need to find the person their avatar corresponds with.
  7. Create avatars of characters from books/stories the children are reading. Use these images for role plays / character profiles or to write another story.
  8. Use the avatars to show progress on classroom goal boards.
  9. Use the avatars on certificates or awards to personalise them.
  10. Put each student’s avatar on name and/or desk tags. Great idea for when you have classroom helpers or relief teachers.

 Watch the video to see how easy it is!

Teach Starter Resources

Once you have created an avatar for each of your students, use the images with some of our already designed resources.

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Comments & feedback

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I’d love to be able to create student avatars of my students this year. I was excited coming across this resource. However, the link for “student avatar creator” has left me disappointed and frustrated! The program is not working. Still in Beta version? It is 2018 and this blog was written in 2016. Am I missing something?

Kim Neff · Aug 13th, 2018

Hi Kim, thanks so much for your comment. I have just updated the link that the blog was taking you to. It may have been an old link – I apologise for any inconvenience this has caused. Here is the correct link – Please let me know if you have any further issues. If so, email [email protected] and we would be more than happy to assist you.

Holly (Teach Starter) · Aug 13th, 2018

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