Bitmoji classrooms add fun, personality to online learning

With the start of the new school year, Neshaminy stu­dents are start­ing their class­es online. The cur­rent plan calls for a hybrid com­bi­na­tion of online and in-person learn­ing to begin in October, and pos­si­bly addi­tion­al in-person time after that if health & safe­ty con­di­tions allow.

Preparing for these pos­si­bil­i­ties, Neshaminy teach­ers have put a lot of cre­ative ener­gy into mak­ing their class­rooms wel­com­ing spaces that are not only well-organized, but also fun. And this year, it was impor­tant to do the same thing for their learn­ing spaces online.

The way they accom­plish this is by using Bitmojis, which are car­toon ver­sions of them­selves cre­at­ed with a pop­u­lar mobile app. They place their Bitmojis in a car­toon class­room cre­at­ed in Google Slides. These class­rooms con­tain images of every­thing you might find in a tra­di­tion­al class­room — books, white­boards, assign­ment sheets, posters — even dec­o­ra­tions such as office plants and sports team logos. Each of these items can be assigned a web link, allow­ing stu­dent to use the Bitmoji class­room as a nav­i­ga­tion cen­ter. By click­ing on the var­i­ous items in the room, stu­dents can eas­i­ly find class assign­ments, announce­ments, videos, sched­ules, con­nect with Canvas (the District’s online cur­ricu­lum man­age­ment sys­tem), or eas­i­ly con­nect with online books and edu­ca­tion­al tools.

Bitmoji art teacher in her cartoon classroom

Bitmoji class­rooms are not lim­it­ed to teach­ers — school coun­selors and even some admin­is­tra­tors have cre­at­ed their own Bitmoji class­rooms mak­ing it eas­i­er (and more fun!) to find the resources they need.

The slides can be updat­ed at any time to keep them cur­rent with the cur­ricu­lum and sea­son. 

The video below explains how Bitmoji class­rooms work: