digital images

Q3 Digital Self Portrait

10. Digital Images


Selfies are a popular way to express yourself. Many people snap a selfie and send it out through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat as well as via SMS in their texts. Selfies can capture your emotion of the moment, express support or disapproval, or be intended to give your friends a chuckle. What story do you want to tell when posting a selfie? In this Quest, you will use a selfie or photo of yourself to create a digital media self portrait (a "selfie poster").

Internet Safety and Selfies  

Keep in mind that selfies are just like any other internet content. Once it is posted, it can be forwarded and remains out on the internet (practically) forever. When you post a selfie, you need to think about safety and reputation before you click the "send" button. For more information, review the Cyber Safety quest Six Clicks

  1. Avoid posting selfies with location identification on social media. (You may need to disable GPS options on your apps to do this).

  2. Consider whether or not you would want this image to come up in a search before posting to social media sites, or whether or not you would be comfortable with your friends forwarding this image.

Key Vocabulary:

Opacity: transparency of an image; how easy it is to see through the image

Overlay: to cover an image (or add to the background) with another image, text, etc.

Selfie: a photo of someone (often taken by the subject of the photo) taken with the intention of sending it digitally or posting it online 


1. In this Quest, you will create an appropriate digital media self portrait (selfie poster) using PicMonkey to express yourself and create a unique selfie. For examples of teens who have created these posters, visit this website.  

2. Upload a picture of yourself for this project to a space designated by your teacher for work on this project. You might save it in a personal folder, save it on your desktop, or in a shared workspace. Choose a picture that makes you look good and has a quiet (plain) background.

3. Locate 5-10 images that represent you, your favorites, your beliefs, your hobbies, etc. as assigned by your teacher. Use Pixabay or one of the other sites mentioned in Quest 1 to help you locate online images that are copyright-free. Use PicMonkey to crop or edit these images as needed to apply to your media self-portrait.

4. Watch this video to learn how to change the opacity of an image you place on your PicMonkey canvas.

5. Upload your picture to PicMonkey and place your additional images on and around your portrait. Change the opacity of the additional images. Use the features of PicMonkey to add textures, words, frames, stamps, etc. that you think will enhance your digital self portrait. 

Completing this Quest

Follow your teacher's directions for downloading your final product and uploading it into your File Space or posting on your digital portfolio.

Check off this Quest on the 21t4s Roadmap 

awardiconI have completed the Quests as assigned by my teacher.
Go to the graduation page for this Thing.


ISTE and Common Core Standards

ISTE Standards•S

1. Empowered Learner
d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies

2. Digital Citizen
c. Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property

3. Knowledge Constructor
a. Plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits
b. Evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources

4. Innovative Designer
a. Know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems

6. Creative Communicator
a. Choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication

Common Core Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.