Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Bitmoji Virtual Classroom



Bitmoji anything and I am all in! I have used bitmojis for all the things in my classroom over the years - lesson slides, interactive notebook pages, stickers and basically anywhere I can add them for fun! So when I saw them being added to "virtual google classrooms" and how super fun these classrooms looked, I had to join in!


During this pandemic, I know you have spent countless hours creating digital lessons or even LEARNING how to use technology! Spending all day on Zoom calls, answering student questions and making sure they have everything they need. I know this is not the same as having them in your classrooms and that's why I made this tutorial. You can recreate a little piece of your classroom for your Google Classroom headers and slides. You could even save it as an image and use for your Zoom background. And it could be a fun little escape to play!


In the photo above, that is actually a YouTube video on the "board" that is clickable and links to the video I want to show. The posters are screenshots of the actual posters I have hanging in my room. These little touches would make it seem like your classroom for your students. You could create a virtual classroom for your headers or you could create different scenes in slides for your digital assignments. I'm thinking digital room transformation!


I created a video tutorial that walks you through creating your own and I hope it is helpful! You could also do this in PowerPoint and then screenshot and add as a background on Google slides and use as image for header in Classroom. 


I hope this brings you a little joy and is a fun break from all you are doing for your students during this crazy ending to our school year. 

Feel free to use my examples to get your started:






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  1. Great video! If you find an image you'd like to use and it isn't transparent use remove.bg. It's free and does a nice job. (I am not affiliated with it in any way, just a good resource.) Thanks!

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    1. Jacqueline RichardsonJuly 21, 2020 at 8:40 AM

      Yesss! I love remove.bg! I have also been using unscreen for my videos. Same thing of removing the background but for videos and gifs. You should check it out if you haven't already! Not affiliated, ha! Thanks for reading!

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  2. do all links in your header work, and would it be smart to make a weekly one with a link to a voice icon explaining the weeks work? When linking, to non google items, would a person need to be logged into the district before they can view links, like our textbook or school handbook?

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    1. Jacqueline RichardsonJuly 22, 2020 at 7:49 PM

      For my district, if students are logged in to their google, they are logged in to everything because we have a portal with a single sign-on. You would have to see how it works with your students' login because I am sure all districts are different!

      All links work. I only put a couple for this example. I have seen some with LOTS of links. I love the idea of a weekly one especially the voice to explain! For me, I was thinking more of it being a landing page for a lesson. So I would have the bitmoji classroom as the first slide and the links would take them to instructions, other parts of the lesson, extra practice, video tutorials, other assignments, a google form for check-in or exit slip, etc. Hope this helps! Feel free to email me too!

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  3. Once you have it completed, how do you get it into your header?

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    1. Jacqueline RichardsonJuly 29, 2020 at 9:52 PM

      Inside your classroom, on the header, at the bottom right, you will see "Select Theme" and "Upload Photo." You just need to choose upload photo and upload it there after saving your header as a png or screengrabbing it.

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  4. Hi, I'm new to Google Classroom (like us all) and I'm just wondering where you put your interactive slides once finished. I see you have a header or banner, but the picture where you can click on the posters and the whiteboard, where does that one go in your classroom?

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