Anyone who follows Alice Keeler, the education technology guru, knows the power of Bitmoji for connecting and communicating with students. Bitmoji is a free mobile platform that allows your to turn yourself into a customizable cartoon avatar. With the addition of add-ons Bitmoji for iMessages, GBoard (Google's messages keyboard), and Bitmoji for Chrome, connecting with students on a more personal level becomes even easier.
Sample Bitmoji uses in the classroom:
In the February/March 2018 edition of CTA's Educator magazine, Terry Ng lays down a quick and easy set-up for leveling up your student connections with Bitmoji. Click here to get started with the new year and a new avatar.
Social media in education is not a new concept by any means. Schools have created social media accounts to share events with the community, remind students of the bell-schedule changes, and even start friendly spirit battles between other schools. Districts have created social media accounts for many of the same reasons and to inform communities about upcoming educational propositions and bills that require their attention. Even classroom teachers have created social media accounts to increase parent communication or to display work for a current unit of study using a unique hashtag. Social media in education is just another way to invite the community into our schools and classrooms to see what amazing things our teachers explore with our students.
The February/March 2018 edition of CTA's Educator magazine provided this wonderful resource for teachers or schools who have been tossing around the idea of using social media in an education setting. Maybe you've seen your colleague posting the innovative things happening in their classroom, or have seen a hashtag take off and become a viral sensation.
Sam Demuro, storyteller and activist for Italian American Women, explains that having an active social media presence for your school, classroom, sports team, or even the local chapter of your union "can provide quality connections and great audience engagement." However, before you decide to jump in with both feet running, she provides a few considerations.
To get started with Twitter, check out the "Education Twitter Rockstars" in the Presentations section. For more practice, you can also check out CTA's webinars and shared resources for social media skills.