Using Emojis in the Classroom

by Monica Burns

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USING
EMOJIS
IN THE
CLASSROOM
by Dr. Monica Burns
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Contents
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About the Author . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 03

An Introduction: What are Emojis?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 04

Do Emojis have a place in the classroom? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 06

Emojis in the ELA Classroom: Retell a Story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Emojis in the Social Studies Classroom: Historical Tweets . . . . 13

Emojis in the Science Classroom: Infographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Emojis in the Math Classroom: Word Problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Emojis and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Using Emojis in Book Creator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Examples of Emojis in Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Dr. Monica Burns
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Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, EdTech & Curriculum Consultant and founder of the blog ClassTechTips.com. She is the author and co-author of numerous books including Tasks Before Apps, #FormativeTech, and
Taming the Wild Text.
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Monica is a big fan of Book Creator
and has introduced it to teachers and
students across the world!
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favorite emojis!!
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Monica's
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WHAT ARE EMOJIS? AN INTRODUCTION
Emojis are small digital images or icons that represent words, ideas or concepts. You can find emojis built into a variety of digital tools, often through their keyboard.
Anyone can access emojis from the web using a tool like emojicopy.com. Some tools, like Book Creator and Flipgrid have emojis built right into their platforms. This makes emojis easy to add to something a student or teacher creates.
FUN FACTS
The WIRED Guide to Emoji provides a great overview of the history and background of
emojis.
Emojis first appeared in the late 1990s on Japanese mobile phones
Oxford Dictionaries chose emoji as their 2015 word of the year
Emojis are different than emoticons which use characters on a keyboard like :-)
The Unicode Consortium
considers new emoji every year
Do Emojis have a place in the classroom?
Emojis are more than just fun!
These visual representations are powerful when used purposefully in the classroom. Students can add emojis to a digital space to share a feeling, communicate tone, or tell a story that transcends just one language. 

You might use emojis with students every day, or you might bring them into a few different activities over the course of a week, month or unit of study. 
A School Story
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Teachers can use Emojis when โ€ฆ
Creating anchor charts with visuals
Organizing information for students
Giving students directions
Supporting vocabulary instruction
Students can use Emojis when โ€ฆ
Summarizing an event
Writing a story
Sharing their feelings
Connecting to a theme
Setting a mood
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