Middle school teachers design Bitmoji hallway to create connection and engagement
Bitmoji, personalized cartoon avatars, have recently become popular online, and Bitmoji classrooms, where a teacher creates an online ‘room’ with links to class resources, have been a growing trend in educational technology over the last few months. KCD’s Middle School has taken it to a whole new level, however, by creating Bitmoji hallways for each grade level.
The Bitmoji hallway was originally the idea of tech integrationist and math teacher Sarah Shartzer. When the posted the eighth grade team’s Bitmoji hallway on Twitter, her tweet blew up, gathering more than 50,000 views and becoming the #1 tweet in edtech for a few days. Lots of people were asking about it, so Ms. Shartzer created a template for the general teacher Twitter community the next day.
What started as an eighth grade team project ended up expanding to the entire Middle School once the word got out. In each Bitmoji hallway, middle school teachers have their own door that links to their Google Meet room. The Bitmoji is posted on every student’s advisee page in MyKCD so that they have easy access to their classes. Teachers created their own Bitmojis and also decorated their own virtual door so that students could learn a little about their teachers’ personalities, interests, and subject areas. This has been a fun way for our teachers to connect with their students virtually and allows the students to learn more about them.
Eighth grade students have also created their Bitmojis with Connor Bell’s assistance and are using them for ‘class photos’ to give their presentations a little personality and to connect while still working remotely.
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