animated gif, Bitmoji, Google Keep, Stop Motion

Custom Animated Stickers + Google Keep

I love Bitmojis! I know it’s not for everyone, but they just make me happy. They make students happy too! My students love when I put “stickers” on their digital work. They sometimes even give me stickers as suggestions when they submit a project. A few years ago, I wrote a blog post about creating custom feedback stickers and putting them in Google Keep for ease of use.

Today I’m going to update that post with animated gif stickers. I mean, the only thing that could be better than Bitmoji stickers is animated Bitmoji stickers!!!

Open a new Google Slides (or PowerPoint, or Keynote if you want an easy transparent background) and go to file – page setup, select custom and change the size to 8 x 8 inches.

If you are using PowerPoint or Keynote, change the background to Transparent.

Select the Bitmoji you want to use from the Chrome Extension and drag it to the Google Slide. Tutorial here

Animate your sticker slide by slide! Tutorial here

Here are a few ideas:

Add word by word and or a moving arrow

Add letter by letter

Moving Bitmoji

Sparkles!!!

Turn your sticker into an animated GIF

Google Slides – TallTweets.com is so easy to use (tutorial here). It allows you to simply load your presentation with out any additional steps.

If you REALLY want a transparent background, the easiest way is to use PowerPoint or Keynote. They both have export as GIF options (come on Google!!!)

Open keep.google.com. By placing your image in Google Keep, you can simply drag your sticker into any Google Slide or Doc you want to use them in.

Create a new note with image.

Select your sticker. I don’t title it because it will drag the title with it. You can create a label called stickers or feedback so you can sort if you would like.

Now open something to give feedback on. The image below is a Google Slide. On the RIGHT you will see 3 icons. The middle one is Google Keep.

It opens your Google Keep and you can see your stickers. Select the one you want and drag it over.

Resize.

Done!

I know you’re thinking, this is great for elementary but I teach middle or high school. Your secondary students will LOVE these. They are still just kids!

Enjoy!

Bitmoji, Google Drawing, Google Keep

Custom Bitmoji Feedback

I love Bitmojis. I love to show people how easy Bitmoji is to use in Google apps with the Bitmoji Chrome extension. I love to make these Bitmojis custom with your school logo or Google or Ditch That Textbook on the shirt. Here are a few I’ve created and use often.

Algebra 1 CHS Bitmoji (1)

The second one is my Algebra 1 team. We shared a Google Drawing and each dropped in our Bitmojis. We used this for back-to-school documents.

Bitmoji NTI

This one we made as a header for Google Classroom. This was our technology group that presented at our New Teacher Institute this year. We each had our school shirt on. LOVE IT!

Before I get sidetracked by all the fun things we can do with custom Bitmojis, this is really about creating custom FEEDBACK Bitmojis for your students.

Rock Star Work

Before you begin, you will need to download the Bitmoji Chrome Extension. If you haven’t created your Bitmoji, stop, do it now, RIGHT NOW! You are missing out on soooo much fun!

Bitmoji created? Ok, resume the blog post.

This first video is a short tutorial on how to create a custom Bitmoji in Google Drawing. This can be used in ANYTHING, not just Google Keep. I use these in Google Slides and on Twitter all the time.

This alone should make your day. But if you want the awesomeness to continue, place these images in Google Keep for quick feedback in Google Docs. The next video will show you how to do this.

Please share your custom Bitmojis with me on Twitter (@TTmomTT). Here’s a Twitter tip, download your custom Bitmoji as a .jpg so the background turns white. Most of the time you want a transparent background but Twitter will turn that transparent background black and make it more difficult to see.

Hope to see your custom Bitmoji around the Twittersphere.

Google Keep

Google Keep for the classroom

Have you used Google Keep? Do you love sticky notes? Google Keep is sticky notes 100 times better. You can go to keep.google.com or click on the keepicon to get there.

So yes, it is sticky note app. You can take notes, color code, and add labels to these notes, but it is so much more. Here are a few of the things you might not know Google Keep can do.

1. Plan Book

I like to make labels for the top of the notes and keep those 4 notes at the top so it works as my plan book. I can access it from any device and it’s easy to update. I did steal this idea from Kasey Bell at Shake Up Learning.

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I created my headers in Google Drawing. I used insert image and selected from the Creative Commons free use library and then added a shape with a custom color and increased the transparency. Of course, the one at the end is a Bitmoji because everything is better with a Bitmoji :-). I love that I can set reminders inside my notes. I don’t always want to open my calendar to create a reminder and it’s convenient that I can do it while creating the note.

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2. Save to Google Keep

There is a Chrome Extension that allows you to send bookmarks directly to Google Keep. When you are on a site, click the lightbulb and a window will pop-up with the link and the option to make a note.

Save to Google Keep

I love this features, especially when I’m in Twitter. I like and retweet so many things that I can never find them later. Sending them to Google Keep prevents me from losing great ideas. It’s a simple as right-click (or control-click) and the menu pops up and allows you to send it to Keep.

Save to Google Keep (1)

3. Capture Text

This one kind of blew my mind. You can take any image (not PDF but we will address that in just a second) and upload it to Google Keep. Then click on the three dots at the bottom (more) and select Grab image text. Scroll beneath your image and magic has happened. Text was created from the image. It’s not perfect, but for that document that you only have a pdf for, now you can get the text from it and NOT have to retype all of the information. I the example below, I have a book that is out of print and I wanted to share it with another teacher.

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That brings me to the PDF issue. You can’t upload the PDF as an image. No problem on a Mac (I’m sure PC and Chromebooks have something similar). You can open the PDF in Preview and then export as JPEG. Now you have an image that you can upload to Google Keep. Easy Peasy!

4. Drawing

Now, you can also do this with Google Drawing using the scribble tool but if you are already in Keep, then there is a drawing feature. You can download the image, copy it to Google Docs or share it just like any other Keep note. Students can quickly draw their thoughts and share them.

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This didn’t cover the basics of Google Keep. Get in there and play with it. I think you will love it as much as I do.

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