The upcoming academic year is going to look quite different from a typical school year where many teachers will be teaching virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to establish a small sense of normalcy for their students and add some fun to the teaching-learning process, several teachers are using the virtual bitmoji classroom. They are creatively decorating their classrooms with clickable elements that redirect students to the needed content.
Are you a teacher willing to create your own classroom and looking for ideas of what to include in it? Have a look at the below bitmoji classroom ideas beautifully created and developed by different teachers. Also, if you don’t know how to get started, check out a step-by-step tutorial here or buy a customized one here.
Virtual Bitmoji Classroom invaded the education community as several schools switched to distance learning to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers across the globe are spending time creatively developing theirs!
When embedded successfully in the school’s LMS, students will definitely love this rich classroom environment containing an avatar playing the teacher’s role. They will also enjoy the interactive elements allowing them to click through to see assignments, documents, videos, and websites.
How to create a Virtual Bitmoji Classroom for Microsoft Teams?
1. Design your avatar on Bitmoji
Download the Bitmoji app from the App Store or Play Store and create your Bitmoji by selecting physical features like hair, month, eye color, and an outfit. When you finish creating your character, you can cast it in a huge array of activities, such as reading, singing, or even eating.
A tutorial video by Elisabeth Peacock
2. Add the Bitmoji extension to Google Chrome
Download the Bitmoji Google Chrome extension, which allows you to choose an activity for your Bitmoji (reading, laughing, saying “hello”) to copy and paste it into the PowerPoint document containing your virtual classroom.
A tutorial video by Elisabeth Peacock
3. Build your classroom on Microsoft PowerPoint
Follow the steps mentioned in the tutorial video to decorate your classroom. Choose the needed material from the resources below and then add the interactive elements that allow your students to click through to see assignments, documents, videos, and websites.
To fight the spread of COVID-19 and maintain healthy social-distancing, schools have temporarily closed and quickly transitioned from on-campus to online learning. In line with this, Unesco shared 8 useful live-video platforms for distance learning.
Below is a list of the most used live-video platforms for distance learning:
Dingtalk – Communication platform that supports video conferencing, task and calendar management, attendance tracking, and instant messaging.
Lark – Collaboration suite of interconnected tools, including chat, calendar, creation and cloud storage, in Japanese, Korean, Italian and English
Hangouts Meet – Video calls integrated with other Google’s G-Suite tools.
Teams – Chat, meet, call and collaboration features integrated with Microsoft Office software.
Skype – Video and audio calls with talk, chat, and collaboration features.
WeChat Work – Messaging, content sharing, and video/audio-conferencing tool with the possibility of including max. 300 participants, available in English and Chinese.
WhatsApp – Video and audio calls, messaging and content sharing mobile application.
Zoom – Cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars.
AstroReality’s Education solution is a technology bridge between tactile and digital to discover the space like never before! With their AR Solar System Mini set, students can interact and visualize the planets through the Augmented Reality technology by pointing their devices on the 3D printed planetary models.
Working with these AR replicas, students are engaged in an immersive learning process; they will see the planets come to life their location and their rotation speed around the sun. In addition, they will have access to information and data directly from NASA and other accredited sources at the tip of your fingers.
Each planetary model is crafted and designed to utilize the highest quality renderings of the planets. It’s also precisely made with up to 0.1millimeters per pixel precision based on NASA data.
Quiver new Digital Aquarium environment is incredible! It’s used to link the mobile Augmented Reality coloring experiences with large, shared, and public displays. Overall, it can combine different AR colored fish with other additional features and educational elements.
When students finish coloring the sheets containing different types of fish (Star Fish, Sea Shell, Jellyfish), they can scan them using the Quiver App to magically bring their fish to life with the Augmented Reality technology. Afterwards, teachers can submit all the classroom’s custom-colored sheets to the Digital Aquarium where students can watch their fish swim all together on the large screen!
This digital environment has become a quite popular product across schools, STEM Labs, events, libraries, museums, conferences, etc…
KUBO is a simple, intuitive solution that teaches coding for kids without a computer. It consists of a small robot on two wheels and a set of thin puzzle pieces that fit together to create programming chains and evolve the robot. These puzzles contain symbols, letters, and numbers that also allow children to learn some language skills, mathematics concepts, and music.