Virtual backgrounds, virtual filters, now we've got virtual classrooms. Virtual classrooms are the latest trend for adding an element of interest to promote engagement during class meetings and assignments. In this article you'll learn how to create a Bitmoji classroom in Google Slides. It's relatively easy and I provide a few free templates to use.
How To Create A Bitmoji Classroom in Google Slides
Virtual backgrounds, virtual filters, now we've got virtual classrooms. Virtual classrooms are the latest trend for adding an element of interest to promote engagement during class meetings and assignments. And with the ability to integrate the Bitmoji Chrome Extension, you can place your Bitmoji avatars directly into your classrooms. Not only is this just a dynamic looking presentation slide, it also comes packed full of features to create interactive content such as videos that play in the background, on-screen text, and external links. There are a ton of options for you to customize it to fit your classroom.
Now, to help jumpstart your effort in the process of building these classrooms, I've compiled several virtual classroom templates you can download for free. Click Here to Get Your FREE Virtual Classroom Templates.
Next, let's jump into Google Slides and create a new, blank presentation. Once inside your slide go ahead and remove the text boxes to start with a blank slate. Click on Insert, hover over Image, then click on Upload from computer, navigate to your background image and click open, then scale the background to meet all edges.
If you opted not to download the template pack, you can find floor and wall backgrounds in the image search.
Next, you'll integrate your Bitmoji into Slide by clicking on the Bitmoji extension icon and search for any emote you want. You might type in full or pose to find body portrayals. Click on the emote of your choice and click copy image, then jump back into Google Slides and paste the image. Now your avatar is in the slide.
Now you can start customizing your classroom. Start with the big items first, the biggest typically being a large chalkboard or whiteboard, so add a white board to your wall. To do this, click on Insert, then click on Shape, then Shapes, then select the Rectangle shape. Using your mouse simply draw a rectangle, then use the handles to size and position it to your liking on the wall. You can change the color to white. Next, click on Format, then Borders and lines, then Border weight, and select 4 pix and make the border color black.
Now start customizing your space with furniture and decor items. Click on Insert, then Image, then Search the web. When you're looking for items to appear in your classroom it's important that you search for images without a background. To assist, always use the key-phrase "transparent" to start your search, for example Transparent Bookcase or Transparent Rug. Once you find an item, click to select it and then click again to insert the image into your Slide. Then simply scale and position the item accordingly.
Once you're happy with your virtual classroom and your Bitmoji avatar, you can move into some of the interactive elements featured on Google Slides. You can first add some text to your whiteboard, click on Insert then click on Text Box, and draw out your text box on your whiteboard. Now click inside and type and format the text. Then grab an image (this is great if you have a guide or a document that you want to link) and paste that onto your whiteboard. You can add a text box with a link to the item use as your image. Type something like "Get Access Now" then highlight it all and right click, then click on Link and paste in your link.
Okay, next try adding a virtual TV to your wall by way of a YouTube video. Click on Insert, then Video and paste in the video URL, select and insert it. You can resize and position it to fit where you'd like. Add a border to it by selecting the video, then clicking on Format, then Border and lines, and increase the Border Weight to 4 ticks. These are just some of the interactive features to get you started.
Now you have a full virtual classroom ready to share. This can be rather confusing because there is a Share button here on the screen that allows you to share the editable presentation and that's not what you want. You want people to be able to review your slide as a presentation. To do this click on File, the click on Publish to web. In the window select to Start slideshow as soon as the player loads and click share. Then copy the link it provides. Paste that link into a new browser window and boom, there is your interactive virtual classroom where viewers can click on certain elements in the room including the video player. Now share that link in your Google Classroom, Google Meet or anywhere online for that matter.