So what is Avatar Storytellers all about? It’s a K-12 immersive learning program that enables educators to supplement the traditional curriculum with an engaging, technology-centered program that fosters creativity.
Avatar Storytellers has been designed to encourage and support creative thinking and conceptual development in students by developing digital stories and creating 3D avatars, then inhabiting them in a virtual world setting.
Brainstorming and Team Work
The first step of the program is brainstorming and team work. Students become familiar with the technology, and start the brainstorming process – what will they create? What will be their 3D adventure?
Since a big part of the program is learning to collaborate – after all this is an important skill – the classroom is split into teams and the students are expected to collaborate with their team members, make decisions together, and create their characters – the 3D avatars – together.
The next step, Character Creation, is arguably one of the most fun and engaging steps of the program! This is where students get to create customized avatars. This essentially places students inside the minds and thoughts of their characters and truly brings the characters, and the story, to life.
The avatar creator tool allows students to save their avatars and continue to customize them as their story progresses.
The process of creating avatars and populating a story with the avatars is truly one of the most creative aspects of the programs. Students get so excited about it, and they love the fact that their characters are not frozen – that they keep evolving and adjusting to the story line.