Bitmoji Math Manipulatives Classroom

Bitmoji Math Manipulatives Classroom

Here is a one-slide example of a Bitmoji classroom with links. This particular slide contains 17 links to various math manipulatives. 16 of the manipulatives are on the shelving unit of this classroom and are represented by their icons from the sites they link to. Additionally, the clock on the wall contains a link to an interactive time-telling site.

Just swap my bitmoji out for yours, and you’re ready to go!

Bitmoji Classrooms

Bitmoji Classrooms

The past [almost] 12 months with the Covid quarantine have created some challenges for educators, but they have also spurred some massive creativity amongst teachers. One of the emerging trends for instruction has been the creation of Bitmoji Classrooms. 

In a nutshell, a Bitmoji classroom is a Google Slide, decorated to look like a classroom (some teachers have even made their slide look like their REAL classroom), with interactivity built in.  If you teach in div 1 especially, a Bitmoji classroom can be an effective way to guide students through some of the daily events by using the visual nature. (For example your class calendar  – embed a calendar right onto the slide with this important information contained in it!)

The slide deck to the right contains 20 classroom images that you may take and use to create your own Bitmoji Classroom. Additionally, there are almost 350 extra furnishings and extra accessories contained in the slides at the end of the classrooms to help you get started in decorating your own Bitmoji Classroom.

Beyond the images contained within this slide deck, you may wish to use the Google Search that is built right into slides to find other images to bring into your little virtual classroom. When you use the image search inside of slides, everything that comes up is marked for reuse, meaning you need not worry about copyright! The images have already been filtered for you! The video below may act as a guide if you are uncertain where to start!

Combatting Online Learning Fatigue

Combatting Online Learning Fatigue

Keeping students engaged in online learning can be challenging. The Google Meet Fatigue is real, and teachers experience it too. Online fatigue is real. Distracted students are real. Teacher frustration is real. So what do we do?!?!

Thankfully there are a few ideas and techniques teachers can bring to bear to try to spice it up and keep both ourselves and our students engaged.

The infographic presented here was built from a variety of resources, including the book Engaging Learners Through Zoom.

Click the image below to access the .pdf of ideas!!

Putting Work Online

Putting Work Online

There’s an old saying: “There is more than one way to skin a cat”.  This is true of putting work online for students.  We are going to look at pen-and-paper type work in this post.

First, there is the .pdf way. A worksheet can be scanned on your school’s copier to .pdf and loaded to Google Drive. Staff and students have access to Kami for annotating on .pdf files. If you choose “Create Kami Assignment” on your classwork tab in Google Classroom, that should force the assignment to open in Kami for all students. If you’re not familiar with Kami, I did a 15 minute crash course blog entry recently.

A screenshot set as the background in a Google Slide is another way to make a paper-and-pen assignment accessible for students to respond to. (Taking a screenshot on a chromebook is easy) and once you’ve got that screenshot, you can set it as a background image and students can apply textboxes over it as needed.

Attendance Reports in Google Meet

Attendance Reports in Google Meet

It’s a new feature, and one that we, as teachers, really love. An attendance report provided to us after a Google Meet. Awesome!!

As with most new features, the roll-out is gradual. So, sometimes you may receive an attendance report, and other times you may not. In the coming weeks, these reports will become a regular feature of Google Meet, but they aren’t quite there yet.

To receive the attendance report, you MUST be the owner of the Google Meet. So, that means you want to be the first one in the meet, and you do not want to be using the Meet link generated in Google Classroom, becuase those ones are straight-up glitchy!