Thing 16: Bitmoji Fun

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INTRODUCTION

Bitmojis are fun cartoon character emoticons that you can personalize to look like a whimsical version of you or maybe a wacky alter-ego! Choose hair color, skin tone, clothing, facial features, accessories and more. Bitmoji then takes your image and creates a wide range of sticker-like images with quirky, fun messages. Use these in your email, text messages, social media posts, even as feedback on student documents.  Here are some of the images that Bitmoji created for my image. Fun, right?
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Remember the popular Bitstrips cartoon and avatar creation tool? These are a similar idea and brought to you by the same people. (The Bitstrips service stopped in 2016.) The company was bought by Snap and the Bitmojis are integrated into Snapchat.
Bitmoji is available as an iOS or Android app. And also as a Chrome extension for desktop use.

EDUCATIONAL USES

Bitmojis have rocketed in popularity with educators over the last year or so.
Educational Uses:
  • Fun way to provide feedback to student work.
  • Enhance documents, forms, digital communications.
  • Print them out on sticky address labels for use on student work.
  • Use them in digital storytelling and presentations.
  • NOTE: some bitmojis may not be appropriate for school use. 
  • Many more ideas in the articles listed below.

EXPLORE

CREATE YOUR BITMOJI

You can create your Bitmoji with the iOS or Android app, or on a computer using the Chrome browser extension.  These posts have details on installing and using Bitmoji. Note that you’ll have more options for creating your Bitmoji in the iOS or Android app than you do in the Chrome Extension.  The options you choose in the app will be visible in the extension though.

SOME TIPS

  • How to save a bitmoji image – in the Chrome Extension, find the image you want to save. Right click and use the “save image as” option. Once you’ve saved it to your desktop, you can use it like any other image. Save some and upload them to your blog post for this lesson.
  • Bitmoji blocked by your school? – If your school has blocked bitmojis, save the images in a Google Drive folder or paste them into Google Keep (tips on doing that). That way they’ll be handy if you’re providing fun feedback to student work in Google Drive. The iOS and Android apps let you upload directly from the app to Google Photos, Google Drive and Google Keep. On your desktop, save the images to your desktop, then upload.
  • Share directly from the mobile app – You can open the app on your iOS or Android device, select a Bitmoji and share it to Facebook, Twitter, and other services directly from the app.
  • Share via the Bitmoji keyboard – The iOS and Android apps add a special keyboard that you can use to insert Bitmojis in certain apps like Facebook, Twitter, etc.  Follow the instructions in the app settings to set up the keyboard. The keyboard should show up where your emoticons and gif options appear. Note that the keyboards might be not work consistently in all apps.

LEARNING ACTIVITY

  • Install the mobile app or the Chrome Extension (or both!)
  • Create your personal Bitmoji.
  • Have fun exploring the Bitmojis.
  • Explore ways you can share it to various other platforms: (you don’t need to do all of these!)

Your blog post

  • Include a Bitmoji or two in your post. You can save them to your desktop and upload them to your blog post like any other image.
  • Discuss how you might use Bitmojis in school? Or why you wouldn’t?
  • Share any tips you have or comments about the process of working with Bitmojis.

*TURNING IN YOUR ASSIGNMENT

  • Write & publish your blog post.
  • Copy the URL (webpage address) for your post.
  • Return to the Google Classroom assignment page, find the assignment page for the lesson you just completed and follow the directions for turning in and sharing your work.

*Only for students participating in the workshop for PD credit hours through the Google Classroom.