Wrapping up week 1 of the Emoji Classroom, I received a few tweets and emails about what are some of the best Apps or online resources to use Emoji Grading for. While there are several out there that allow you to use emojis for grading, a few stand out for me on the various mobile platforms.
1. Seesaw: Seesaw hasn’t been around long but it has quickly become a favorite in the classroom, especially on iPads and online platforms and has now crossed over to the Android and GAFE platforms. Seesaw empowers students (as young as 5!) to independently create and organize their work in a digital journal, develop their academic voice, and collaborate with classmates. It encourages emoji grading from both feedback to classic assignments. If you are interested in starting online learning in a mobile ecosystem as young as five, I highly recommend Seesaw.
2. LoiLoNote: If Seesaw is the big brother of collaborative online learning for students, than LoiLoNote is the little sister when it comes to iPads in the classroom. LoiLoNote allows complete collaboration between students and teachers and can work from sketch notes to emoji use from assignments to projects. LoiLoNote School is free and the full app will run you $4.99, give it a try.
3. Google Classroom: If you are planning on going paperless and starting with Emoji Grading, than look no farther than Google Classroom. While rubrics can’t be based on emojis, you can set up the point system to reflect emojis. You or your students can create emojis in Google Drawing for assignments and projects. Emojis can also be simply put in Google Docs and Slides using the Special Characters or the Emojis Chrome add-on.
4. Edmodo and Schoology: Still two of the best online platforms for classrooms, both Edmodo and Schoology allow you to design your classroom around your students and emojis are easy to insert from your mobile or desktop device. You can grade assignments with a simple: 👑 or 😡 with just a few taps of the keyboard. Students can give real time feedback and unlike the current version of Google Classroom, you can have parents view and understand students’ assignments with a simple parent code.
5. Explain Everything: You’ve seen me use Explain Everything a lot for lessons and projects. You can simple insert emojis from your mobile device into screen casts that can be used from grading to lessons. How cool is it to talk about the voyage of Sir Frances Drake using Emojis and then having students create their own voyager projects of other famous explorers using emojis and screencasts and then grade them at the same time.
6. Stick Around: My favorite iPad App can not only be used to create lessons and projects but grading too. Have students upload their puzzles as editable projects and not final puzzles. Grade the puzzles or projects with stickers (the original use of emojis) and then send right back to the students with voice over feedback and emojis.
7. Minecraft Edu: Yep, you read right, Minecraft is perfect for the Emoji Classroom, especially with grading from mobile to desktop. Not only can teachers provide real time feedback but also design emojis from Creepers to Diamond Ore right next finished projects right into their constructs and levels. I had a student who did the Utopian School project completely in Minecraft. The teacher added a diamond star inside the front of the building titled: “Diamond Star School.” for the grade. Bet you didn’t think of that?
8. Office 365: Since Office 2012, you have had the ability to insert emojis into everything from word documents to spreadsheets and upload them to Google Drive. Now with the current 2016 version now being released, emojis are easier than ever. In fact you can even enlarge and shrink emojis without losing pixels. They also have no problem being transferred to cloud drives like One Drive, Box or even Google Drive. The emojis remain and can be used from grading to assignments.
9. Blogging: With so many students blogging from Genius Hour to classroom activities, Blogging is perfect for both teachers and students to use. Students can provide comments, feedback and regular postings with a simple tap of the key. Try Emoji blogging in your classroom this fall.
10. Educlipper & Pinterest: I’m going to end with my favorite DIY and Teacher Resource sites, Educlipper and Pinterest. You have a great idea for Emojis and projects but don’t know where to start? Head over to Educlipper and Pinterest for your resources and ideas. While Pinterest is very straight forward, with Educlipper you can organize your Emoji grading and classroom for both yourself and students. Have students keep portfolios using Educlipper and “clip” their findings and assignments and keep them on their boards to share with both the teacher and the classmates.
These are only a handful of resources you can use with #emojigrading and the Emoji Classroom. Give them all a try today and see what magic you and your students can create. 😄