Talking Avatar

Main Idea

In this two-hour art class, students will embark on an engaging exploration of virtual avatar creation using AI tools within a fictional setting. Through hands-on activities and discussions, students will develop skills in utilizing AI technologies to design personalized avatars representing themselves in imaginative scenarios. Additionally, students will critically examine ethical considerations related to virtual representation, including consent, privacy, and potential risks.

Creator Antti Ruonala
Subject Computer science and Arts
Length 2 hours
Pedagogical Approach

Hands-on activity 

Interactive learning

Collaborative learning

Inquiry-based learning

Participatory learning

Project-based learning

Design-oriented learning

Experiential learning

  1. Tools and applications: competencies that enable a profound understanding of content generation tools, its possibilities and validation.
  2. Implications: competencies that enable to understand GAIs social, ethical and privacy implications.
  3. Attitudes: competencies that enable awareness of the responsible and critical use of GAI, the positivity, and the confidence in the use of GAI.
  4. Social implications: – fakes and misinformation
Grades Grades 10-12

Computers or tablets with internet access.

Students will use: for portrait modification for script for talking avatar video


Evaluation Discussion

Learning Activities










Script Generation with ChatGPT (20 minutes):

Teacher Activity: Instruct students on how to use ChatGPT to generate dialogue for their avatars, providing guidance on input prompts and encouraging creativity in crafting narratives.

Student Activity: Input prompts into ChatGPT to generate dialogue for their avatars, focusing on describing daily life, culture, and experiences within the fictional setting. Experiment with different prompts and refine the generated dialogue.

Animation Creation with (20 minutes):

Teacher Activity: Demonstrate how to use to combine the stylized portrait of their avatar with the generated audio, creating a short animation that brings their avatar to life. Provide tips on adjusting settings for optimal results. Download the animation and show how it can be inserted into a presentation slide.

Student Activity: Use to combine the stylized portrait of their avatar with the generated audio based on the script created ealier, creating a short animation that showcases their avatar speaking.

Ethical Considerations and Discussion (20 minutes):

Teacher Activity: Facilitate a discussion on ethical considerations related to virtual representation, addressing topics such as consent, privacy, and potential risks associated with the use of virtual avatars. Encourage students to share their perspectives and engage in critical reflection.

Student Activity: Engage in the discussion, sharing personal insights and opinions on the ethical implications of creating virtual representations. Reflect on the potential impact of virtual avatars on individuals and society as a whole.

Reflection and Conclusion (10 minutes):

Teacher Activity: Prompt students to reflect on their learning experience, encouraging them to share insights and takeaways from the session. Offer guidance on how students can apply their newfound skills and knowledge in future projects and in various media formats such as possibility of using talking avatar in video streams.

Student Activity: Reflect individually or in groups on their learning journey, discussing what they have learned about virtual avatar creation, AI tools, and ethical considerations. Consider how they can apply this knowledge in future artistic endeavors and academic pursuits.