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Creating Bitmoji Classrooms

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Location: Room 346-7
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Explore and create : Creation lab

Nikki Lavergne  
Create fun, interactive Bitmoji classrooms and more using Google Slides and the Bitmoji app. With blended learning in the classroom, interactive classrooms and boards allow for a one-stop shop for students to find digital materials needed for class. Get resources for free templates and spend time creating your own.

Audience: Library media specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Smart Phones:
Preferably load the Bitmoji App beforehand- app is available for iOS, Android, and Google Play

Laptops: Add the Bitmoji Chrome extension (very easy to do). LiNK: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/bitmoji/bfgdeiadkckfbkeigkoncpdieiiefpig?hl=en

Topic: Creativity & curation tools
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
Designer
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Educators will be able to create digital versions of classrooms, choice boards, libraries and more in order to incorporate Blended Learning, Differentiated Instruction, and Distance Learning all in one easy to use platform.
By the end of the session, teachers will have created a basic Bitmoji Classroom using Google Slides, a free platform, and will leave equipped with various resources, templates, and ideas of how to incorporate these into their classrooms and/or libraries.
Administrators can use these Bitmoji classrooms for Professional Development as well; in fact LPPS rolled out professional development in the form of a Bitmoji Classroom to educate over 45 schools in the art of distance learning during the Covid pandemic. The new format was such a success that PD was requested for how to create the Bitmoji Classrooms and several sessions were given to administrators who then created Virtual Open House, Meet the Teacher, Spirit Week, etc. Educators use these classrooms in their Google Classroom as the weekly agenda.

Outline

Introduction to Bitmoji Classrooms/Interactive Boards
- What is it
-How can they be used

Sample Templates
-Click and show a few sample templates (all of which they will have access to)

Begin hands-on participation (presenter will show, then walk around and help during each step).
-Download Bitmoji app and add the extension
-Open Google Slides
-Add Background
-Add a Whiteboard
-Add Furniture
-Add Bimoji
-Add content-specific item (Example: Globe)
-Link item to digital resources (example: Discovery Education)
-Share Classroom (Publish)

Helpful Tips and Resources
-Video tutorials of how to do the above for future reference
-Where to find Templates
-Helpful Sites

Link to presentation so that all teachers can use and share templates with others (allowing for redelivery at schools)

Supporting research

Edutopia Article: Educators Turn to Bitmoji to Build Community and Engagement
https://www.edutopia.org/article/educators-turn-bitmoji-build-community-and-engagement

Guest Perspective: The Menagerie, Myths, and Merits of the Bitmoji Classroom
Harrington & Pazur
https://michiganvirtual.org/blog/guest-perspective-the-menagerie-myths-and-merits-of-the-bitmoji-classroom/

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Presenters

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Nikki Lavergne, LPLTC Virtual-Hybrid Program

Nikki Lavergne is a Google Certified Innovator, Educator, and Trainer and works as the Assistant Principal of the pioneer LPLTC Virtual-Hybrid program for grades 3-5. Prior to this position, she was the District Instructional Technology Facilitator, Social Media Manager and STEAM Express Director for Livingston Parish Public Schools in Louisiana and taught ELA and Speech for 11 years at Doyle High School.

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