Monday, 8 February 2016

Avatars #5: Use Bricapic.com for creating lego-like avatars

Submitted by Fiona Beal
This is the fifth post in a series on using avatars in the classroom. My students use avatars for various purposes such as uploading a profile picture to their Edmodo profile, Google classroom profile, Gmail profile, blog profile etc. In this series of posts we will look at these various avatar creation applications in more details. Previous posts can be accessed by clicking on the avatars tag on the blog here http://goo.gl/72Q0cu.

Today we look an interesting avatar site called Brick-A-Pic found at http://me.brickapic.com/. This is a site where you upload your image and turn it into a brick mosiac. This is a web-based site where you simply upload an image to the site and follow the prompts. Very soon you'll see your image changed into a stunning LEGO® brick mosaic. You can view your image from different angles and then you can save your image to your computer. I used this in class with very pleasing effects. Let me show you how it works.

Getting started with Brick-A-Pic
Before the lesson starts make sure that you have taken a portrait photo of each student and that these are uploaded to a place where your students can access them easily.

1. Open Brick-A-Pic and upload an image
Go to http://me.brickapic.com/.  When Brick-A-Pic opens on its landing page you'll be asked to choose and upload an image. The preview box underneath will give an idea of the image. When you upload your image you'll see how it looks. 


 

2. View your image from different angles
You can bring  your image in closer or move it further away

3. View the result
I saved a close-up version and a distant version of my image.




To save your image all you do, if you are using Google Chrome, is right click on the image and save it in your chosen destination. 
4. Image options
Brick-a-pic does give some save options underneath the image, which will probably come into effect if you are using a browser different to Chrome. (I am not sure how other browsers work with this site.

Examples of my student's Brick-A-Pic images
This was a simple easy-to-use site. No sign-in was needed. The class had a lot of fun creating their lego-like avatars in this lesson. We are using them on their blogs as profile pictures

Try using Brick-A-Pic. Your students will enjoy the lesson.

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