Bitmoji Classroom Ideas for Teachers in School And Teaching Virtually

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Holly (Teach Starter)

Written by Holly (Teach Starter)

Bitmoji classrooms really took off when COVID-19 turned education upside down, and it seems like these virtual teaching communities and the fun cartoon-like versions of teachers aren’t going away anytime soon. If you’re new to all of this and wondering what is bitmoji or you’ve been using them for a while and want some fresh bitmoji ideas for the school year, we’ve got you covered! 

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What Is Bitmoji?

Bitmoji are essentially virtual versions of you and/or your classroom — fun digital stickers that can also be printed out. They are created with the Bitmoji app, a personal emoji app that’s available for both iOS and Android, and they’re largely free — which is in part how they became so popular in education. 

Teachers customize mini-me type avatars that run virtual classrooms and make their students laugh, something we have needed a lot more of during this pandemic. They can also be used in the real world too — printable version of Bitmoji have been popping up on popsicle sticks as “flat teachers,” appearing on classroom doors to wave hello to students, and a whole lot more.

Bitmoji in the Classroom

Here’s one I developed of myself using the Bitmoji app.

How to Make a Bitmoji for Free

So how do you get started with Bitmoji. Here’s what you’ll need to know to make a Bitmoji for free (note: the app has some in-app purchases).

  1. Download the Bitmoji app onto your phone (it’s a green icon with a white winking chat bubble).
  2. Design your Bitmoji character by picking between a huge variety of skin tones, eye shapes, hair color, jaw shape, and accessories such as glasses and an outfit!
  3. Make sure you save your avatar once you are happy.

You can search for a variety of keyword phrases in the Bitmoji app to get the desired image of your Bitmoji. Once you have an image that suits what you are using it for, click the image for the variety of ways you can save/copy and share that Bitmoji image.  The easiest way to do this is to save the image to your phone and then email the images to yourself. This will allow you to use the images in a variety of ways on a desktop.

Bitmoji in the classroom

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How to Use Bitmoji in the Classroom

Once you have downloaded the app and created your Bitmoji – the fun can start! Here are some fun ideas you may like to start with, many of which can be adapted to suit teaching virtually as well!

Add Your Bitmoji to Your Pencil Display

As teacher Melissa Katharina Reynolds (@teacher_by_day_crafts) puts it, “someone will always need a pencil because third grade.” Insert any grade you like in there, but isn’t that the truth? Make grabbing a pencil a bit more fun with a smiling bitmoji on your pencil display or dispenser. Maybe your (toon) face staring back at them will remind them to take just one? Hey, a teacher can dream!

pencil dispenser with bitmoji

Bitmoji Ketchup Folders

We are suckers for a good pun around here, and ketchup folders tickle our teacher funny bones, but this version from teacher @Calvo_in_the_classroom really made us giggle. Tackling the work you missed when you are absent isn’t necessarily “fun,” but a bitmoji of your teacher dressed as a ketchup bottle will go a long way toward making the task more pleasant.

ketchup folders for classroom with teacher bitmoji

Add Your Bitmoji to Classroom Rules

When you’re creating classroom rules or classroom contracts with your students, make it pop with some bitmoji examples of you putting in the work like this one from @teachwithmissgallardo. Not only does it make a contract more fun and approachable, it also reminds your students that you also follow the rules!

classroom rules with teacher bitmoji

Use Bitmoji in the Virtual Classroom

Add your personal Bitmoji in PowerPoints or in virtual classrooms like Seesaw, Schoology, or Google Classrooms to make the virtual seem more personal like this fun virtual classroom that preschool teacher Miss Braun of  @iteach_yokids has created.

bitmoji virtual classroom

Create a Bitmoji Library

Make it easy for your students to find new books with you as their personal — and virtual — librarian! 

Add Bitmoji to Your Notes for Your Students

Personalize your notes home to parents or your students with your smiling Bitmoji. You can grab and add to a Sticky note (find out how to print on sticky notes with our easy template!), or check out these fun personalized Bitmoji notepads from Little Birdie Papers!

Bitmoji notepad for teacher

Create Bitmoji Talking Sticks

Printing out your bitmoji and adding them to a popsicle or craft stick works as a visual cue to get students to follow a particular instruction or to give them some non-verbal praise! This fun idea comes from @talesfromaverybusyteacher.

Bitmoji in the Classroom

Bitmoji Door Decoration

Put a welcoming version of yourself stuck to the door of your classroom like@k8e.jenkins. We love the addition of the flipbook on display so that you can let others know where you and your class can be found!

Bitmoji in the Classroom

Create Welcome Signs!

This is another take on decorating your classroom door with your own Bitmoji! You can always add an additional decoration at the top like @the_maikeitfun_classroom to add a bit of color.

We love the message on the door too:

Pardon the noise – excited learners inside!

Bitmoji in the classroom

More Welcoming Bitmoji Ideas

Use your Bitmoji to create this classroom welcoming idea that has gone viral. Thanks to @happydaysinfirstgrade who shared this with us! Consider adding some of our Non-Contact Morning Greetings for your posters during this time.

Bitmoji in the classroom

 

Bitmoji Birthday Presents

Oh my goodness! Imagine the kids’ faces when they get this for their birthday? A super cool straw with their Bitmoji version of their teacher stuck to the top! This idea came to us from @thenaturalpeachteach.

Just Because…

I included this idea in the blog because I think the concept is a lot of fun and important for social and emotional learning. The fact that everyone makes mistakes — even the teacher — is one we all need to acknowledge and a big part of encouraging a positive growth mindset in the classroom.

Thanks for this idea @mrs_hiphiphoo_ray.

Bitmoji in the classroom

Classroom Signs

Using your Bitmoji in a variety of posters around the classroom will make your student’s day! Even @thepirateteacher says she’s not a regular teacher, she’s a ‘cool’ teacher! Her kids love it when she incorporates her Bitmoji around the classroom. Every morning when they come in she includes a message posted on the board with her Bitmoji character in a different pose. They get excited to come in and see what she’s doing now!

Bitmoji in the classroom

Use Your Bitmoji to Send Home

Will you be doing a Virtual Meet the Teacher? Sending a copy of your personal Bitmoji to your students. You can instruct them to ‘cut you out’ and take you on a tour around their home, documenting the adventure. Out with the ‘Flat Stanley’ and in with the Flat Mr or Ms … ”

Bitmoji for teachers

Editable Templates

We have a huge range of editable templates that you may like to use with your Bitmoji to create your own signs and labels. Here are some of our bright and plain templates that may be just what you need!

What are you waiting for? Have some fun and create your own Bitmoji – you’ll be surprised by how much fun you can have!

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Brenda Hicks

Hi I am so new to this I have create my bitmoji person and when my teaching partner set it up there was a white background. She didn’t have one on her person. What do you do to get the bitmoji without the white background

Brenda Hicks · Jun 19th, 2020

Holly (Teach Starter)

Hi Brenda, good question! We found this statement – “Using the Bitmoji extension for Google Chrome will make adding your Bitmoji easier, just drag it from the extension to your drawing. If you don’t use Chrome or don’t want the extension, you can always email from the app on your phone. Saving the image from the email will retain the transparent background.” We found this great response on infinitelyteaching.com – she has some great hints and tips. We hope this helps!

Holly (Teach Starter) · Jun 22nd, 2020

Ben White

Based on student feedback. I have used my bitmoji in social stories instead of my photo.

Ben White · Aug 29th, 2019

Kristian

Hi Ben,
Thank you for your lovely comment. I am so glad you are enjoying our resources.

Kristian · Sep 3rd, 2019

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