Whether you're an educator or a business professional, an interactive virtual classroom or office instantly adds new life to your online meetings, keeping it fun and engaging. In this article, you'll learn how to create an interactive Bitmoji Virtual Classroom in PowerPoint.
Whether you're an educator or a business professional, an interactive virtual classroom or office instantly adds new life to your online meetings, keeping it fun and engaging. You'll have the ability to build just about anything you want, but typically these virtual work spaces come in the shape of a classroom or office background, along with furniture and decor to spice it up. You also have the ability to enable interactive features with hyperlinked media elements such as documents, videos, or anything worthwhile. And you can create these virtual classrooms inside PowerPoint to then be shared publicly, so read through until the end to learn how to create the link to view the interactive slide online. To help you get started, I've built a couple background templates you can use to save you some time building these, you can access those files for free by clicking here.
For this tutorial, I'm referencing the online browser version of PowerPoint to create the virtual classroom. Once inside PowerPoint, click on Blank Presentation. Go ahead and remove the text boxes so you have a blank slate to work with. Next, import your background template to customize, so click on Insert, then on Pictures, then click on Insert Picture From This Device and locate the background image and select to open. Once the image is loaded on your screen grab hold of the handles to scale up the image, line it up in the corner, and scale the rest of it out to fill the entire frame.
Now let's bring your Bitmoji avatar into your virtual classroom. The best way to do this is to use a Chrome browser, download the Bitmoji Google Extension, login to your Bitmoji and that will make the Bitmoji button active so when clicked on you have access to search for different emotes. Search for any full body image by typing in full. Simply right click the one you want and copy the image. Then jump back into PowerPoint and paste it into our Slide. Now you can increase the size of your mini me and use this as reference for how to size other items you bring into the classroom.
Up next, you'll integrate a few key components of your virtual background to add some character to it, things such as furniture and room decor. You can start with a chalkboard or whiteboard for instance. Click on Insert, then click on Shapes, then select the Rectangle option. This places the shape on your screen; take it and expand the size of it and position it on the wall to your liking. Next place a frame around your board by right clicking on the rectangle and selecting Fill to select a color for your board, then click on Outline and select your color, then click back into Outline and over Weight and select the 4 1/2pt option to thicken the border.
You have Bing images at your fingertips to locate some more decor to fancy this up a bit. I'll walk you through some examples. Click on Insert, then Pictures, then Bing pictures. Type the word transparent before any search you perform to help narrow down images with no background. So, you could type transparent bookcase for example. Find the bookcase that you prefer and click to select it then click on Insert to place it on the Slide. Now you can move and scale it accordingly and place it where you would like it in your classroom.
Another example could be floor coverings. Search for transparent rugs. Some of the images will appear with Alt tags, you can simply click and delete those. Then scale the rug that you select to the ideal size. If the rug covers your avatar's feet, click on your Bitmoji and select to Bring To Front which places it on top of the rug.
To add a table search for transparent table, find one you want and Insert it, scale it and position it. You can grab a laptop to complete the look, search for transparent MacBook, Insert it, size it and position it. And perhaps finish with a clock, search for transparent clock, Insert it, scale it and position it. Continue to decrate your classroom/office space to your heart's desire.
Once your space is fully decorated, click on your Bitmoji and Cut it from the Slide. Then go up to file and click to Download As, This will download the classroom design as it is now as a back up and as a way to use the same image for multiple days of the week or slides. Once that is downloaded, Paste your Bitmoji back onto the Slide.
Let's now add in some of the interactive elements available for your classroom including on-screen text, videos, and external links. So click on Text Box and type in something related to your message or a new announcement. For example, I could type "Download The Before You Shoot Guide," then double click on whatever text you typed in to open the text formatting options, to change the color, select a font and font size, then reposition the text box to fit on your board. Next create a button by selecting the rounded rectangle shape then type some text inside the button (for example, Get Access Now), and with the text selected right click and select Link, then paste your link and click Insert. Now this link is clickable to your landing page or URL.
You might try adding a virtual TV to your space and then placing an online video in that spot. To do this, click on Insert then click on Online Video, paste your video URL and click Insert. Now position this video properly into your background, when viewers see this on the front end, there will be a play button to play directly from the Slide. Let's format this video right quick, right click on the video and click on outline, and select a color for your border to help separate it from the background.
And that's it - you've now completed your virtual classroom. Pretty cool, relatively easy and an unlimited amount of room for creativity.
Now sharing your slide can be tricky, because there is a share button on the screen here you can use, however, the link you're sharing is the actual project file for the presentation, meaning when clicked it will bring people into your editable presentation, and you don't want that. What you want is the ability publicly share this PowerPoint slide as an interactive presentation. So click on the Share button, but instead of sending out the link, click on Copy Link and then copy the link, now open up your text editor and paste this link into a document. Next we need to add some code to the end of that copied link. Add: &=&action=embedview to the end of your copied link. Now copy this entire link, open up a new tab and enter the new link. Your interactive virtual classroom will load with the ability to click on your links and play the video right there from the hosted Slide. You've got to have that snippet to complete the url in order for the the slide to show up online. Take that url and share it on your platforms accordingly.
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