The first post of the ICATS 2013 30-Day Challenge is about managing your avatar on the web with Gravatar. An avatar is an image that you upload to your user profile on a website or blog. Do you have a square shaped picture of yourself that you keep handy to upload when you get on a website that has you setup a user profile? If you do, this post will certainly change your online life!
Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. Avatars help identify your posts on blogs and web forums, so why not on any site?
Unbeknownst to our students, we teachers lead two very separate lives on the web – one professional and the other personal. On social media websites and blogs, teachers many times have two different accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Google,… and so on. It’s difficult managing all these websites and it can be just as confusing trying to make sure you don’t post using the wrong account. The avatar image that is visible on your user account can help you remember which account you are posting with, but if you use many different profile images all the time, this can create confusion.
Luckily, there is a tool that can help manage your avatar using one website that can be linked to your website/blog and your social media accounts. This tool is called Gravatar – the Globally Recognized Avatar.
Watch the video below to learn about Gravatar.com.
1. Go to Gravatar.com and create an account or login if you already have an account.
EVSC Employees Use your Outlook email address so it will automatically connect to your EVSC account on our website.
2. Upload an image to your Gravatar account that represents you professionally.
3. Click on My Profile on the menu bar and complete your Gravatar profile. Link any websites or social networks you want connected to your Gravatar via the Verified Services section.
4. Save your Gravatar Profile when finished.
5. In the Comments section below, introduce yourself to the readers of our website. Be sure to include your name, where you work or teach, and describe how you have managed your avatars in the past.
How to Comment
If you are an EVSC Employee, login to the website using the Orange Login button on the menu bar. Once logged in, return to this post and click inside the comment box and submit your comment.
If you’re not an EVSC Employee, choose one of the social media login buttons available.