Bitmoji Classroom a guest post by Sarah Mills
Bitmoji! Most may know the term, but just in case, it can be described as a digital cartoon image that should look like yourself. But let’s be honest here, my Bitmoji is way cuter than I could ever think about being. And she is so animated! Once introduced to the Bitmoji extension, I wanted to put her everywhere. She was in every presentation big and small. From science to social studies, and especially, exit interviews at the end of each semester. Who wouldn’t want to look at that sweet face while I talked about what I learned? Bitmoji is all the craze, but it’s also changing. As students and teachers were forced from classrooms to learning at home, education has become more dependent on technology. And as a result, Bitmoji classroom is the new fad.
So you may be asking yourself, “What is a Bitmoji classroom?” It is a digital classroom created for your Bitmoji. After surfing the internet, the Facebook group, “Bitmoji Craze for Educators”, and seeing all the adorable classrooms that were created by other Bitmoji obsessed educators, I had to join in on the fun.
Here is my first Bitmoji classroom. As most pre-service teachers, I have been dreaming about my classroom for going on two years now. From the posters on the wall to the colorful rug where my class will meet for class meetings and read aloud. I get giddy daydreaming about it every time. Even though this is still at least a semester away from becoming reality, I was able to digitally pretend and create my classroom now. Not only was creating my classroom fun, but I ended up using it as a banner on my digital teaching portfolio website as well. This is a great way to add some flair and show some tech skills as well. And just like the infomercials,
The Bitmoji classroom can be used by educators to link read aloud, assignments, videos, and anything else using pictures from the virtual classroom. Check out my reading classroom below. Students can click on each of the books to access a read-aloud that I previously recorded and linked through Google slides. Another fun idea that I have seen implemented in the Bitmoji classroom are virtual field trips. Many that I have seen include trips to Greece, museums, and my favorite, Disney World! The possibilities are endless.
So here are some easy steps to get you on your way to creating your very own Bitmoji classroom.
Download the Bitmoji extension to your internet browser.
(If you are a Google person click here)
Create your very own Bitmoji.
Go to Google slides.
Click on insert > image > from the web.
In the search box, type floor and wall background and choose one. Size it to fit the entire size of the slide.
Search other items to add to your classroom. Examples: chairs, whiteboards, bookshelves, rugs, lamps, plants, and so much more. The important thing to add to the end of any search is a transparent background.
Example: blackboard transparent background
Once you are satisfied with your classroom, click on the Bitmoji extension.
Choose the Bitmoji and drag it over into your Bitmoji classroom.
To link a video, add some sort of a picture. For books, I use the book cover. Click on it so that it is selected. > insert > link.
Well, what are you waiting for? Give it a try. Put the time in creating your classroom now, and in the fall you can easily add the links to use during your field experience whether it’s online or in person. I can’t wait to see your creations. Remember to share with me on twitter @Mrs_Sarah_Mills.
Connect with Sarah
I am Sarah Mills. I am currently a senior at Indiana University Southeast majoring in elementary education. I am eagerly awaiting student teaching this fall.
Outside of the classroom, you will find me hanging out with my husband, Jason, and our two children, Zane and Rosaline. We enjoy playing video games as a family, hiking, and all things Disney!