You’ve surely seen Bitmoji cartoons. The app from Snap, Inc. walks you through creating a cartoon version of yourself. You pick the head shape, hair color, hairdo, eyes, nose, clothing, and other characteristics. Then you can put versions of that character wherever you’d put an image. Bitmoji is an app, but it’s also a Chrome extension. After installing the free extension from the Chrome Web Store, you can click its extension icon, create a new account, and get started editing your avatar. If you already use the Bitmoji app, you can log into your existing account and your personalized character from the app will now be available in Chrome. After setup, simply click the Bitmoji extension icon and a menu appears with thumbnails of your cartoons. Tabs along the bottom can be used to view different categories. Clicking the search icon will reveal even more categories and a search box. When you see a cartoon you’d like to use, drag it into a document or app. Bitmoji images have a transparent background, so they look great anywhere, especially in Google Slides, PowerPoint, Keynote, and Pic Collage. It’s fun for teachers to insert their personality into assignments, newsletters, and social media posts. Teachers are even using them as digital stickers when providing feedback on student work.
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  • learninginhandYou’ve surely seen Bitmoji cartoons. The app from Snap, Inc. walks you through creating a cartoon version of yourself. You pick the head shape, hair color, hairdo, eyes, nose, clothing, and other characteristics. Then you can put versions of that character wherever you’d put an image. Bitmoji is an app, but it’s also a Chrome extension. After installing the free extension from the Chrome Web Store, you can click its extension icon, create a new account, and get started editing your avatar. If you already use the Bitmoji app, you can log into your existing account and your personalized character from the app will now be available in Chrome. After setup, simply click the Bitmoji extension icon and a menu appears with thumbnails of your cartoons. Tabs along the bottom can be used to view different categories. Clicking the search icon will reveal even more categories and a search box. When you see a cartoon you’d like to use, drag it into a document or app. Bitmoji images have a transparent background, so they look great anywhere, especially in Google Slides, PowerPoint, Keynote, and Pic Collage. It’s fun for teachers to insert their personality into assignments, newsletters, and social media posts. Teachers are even using them as digital stickers when providing feedback on student work.

  • learninginhandIf you have trouble inserting a Bitmoji by dragging, try right-clicking the thumbnail from the Bitmoji menu and choosing Save Image As… The image file will be downloaded. Then you can insert that downloaded image. Or, you can right-click a thumbnail and choose Copy Image. Then you can paste it into your document. Yet another option is to right-click the thumbnail and choose Copy Image Address. You can then paste this address into a website that asks for an image’s URL (i.e. Google Forms).
  • learninginhandBitmoji Terms of Service says that no one under 13 are allowed to create an account or access or use their services. Some of the cartoons are not quite appropriate for children, so Bitmoji is best as the teacher’s tool.
  • learninginhandIncluding a Bitmoji is a whole lot faster than my technique of drawing my own cartoons by tracing photos. I still prefer my own drawings because they look more like me. Also, my own cartoons can have a much higher resolution than Bitmoji’s fairly low resolution—398 pixels square. Bitmoji cartoon look great small, but get pixelated when enlarged.
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  • learninginhandWant to change your character’s outfit? Simply click the Edit icon in the top left of the Bitmoji menu. The BItmoji website will open and you’ll be able to make changes to your avatar. Use the green arrows to until you see the Outfit category. Choose some new duds and click the Save Avatar button.
  • delaneysclassI wish they would design a set of bitmoji's just for teachers to use!
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