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 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: