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Give Your Virtual Classroom an Instant Makeover

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Give Your Virtual Classroom an Instant Makeover

In case you haven't heard, virtual classrooms, sometimes also referred to as Bitmoji classrooms, have become a hugely popular method of delivering content to our students during pandemic distance learning. And to be honest, it's pretty much my favourite now, too. If you're a teacher like me and are planning to use virtual classrooms for the next little while, I thought I'd share with you a neat hack that will allow you to give your virtual classroom an instant makeover.

I have seen many people create their virtual classrooms by adding the image of the classroom, including wall and flooring, as the background image to the individual slide. The benefit of doing this is to avoid unintentionally moving the background image around and reducing layers on your slide. However, I much prefer to add background images in the slide master and I do not use the "add background image" option simply because I like to be able to edit my backgrounds, which you cannot do once you add them as a background image. Instead, I add the images as layers on my layout within the slide master. One benefit of doing this is that I can crop images and adjusting the colouring or brightness to get just the right tone, for example. I can also change up the flooring or the wall background, and mix and match. But the best advantage to editing the slide master is this:

Create multiple classroom backgrounds
 using layouts in the slide master!

By editing the slide master and creating multiple layouts, you can have an instant classroom makeover at the click of a mouse. Here are 18 layouts that I have created in the template:

Give Your Virtual Classroom an Instant Makeover - layouts
Give Your Virtual Classroom an Instant Makeover - layouts

Some of them have blackboards or whiteboards added, some of them have bunting banners and some of them are plain. Many of them have isolated wall backgrounds or flooring so that you can change the colour or replace it with different textures, for example. 

Grab the template here:

Feel free to make a copy, start designing your classroom and then give it a makeover by changing the layout!

G Suite for Education Resources - Diana Mancuso
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  1. You are a lifesaver! I tried making my own templates, but they did not turn out as well as yours. Thank you!

  2. Thank you for sharing and taking the time to make this an easy start for others like myself!

  3. HI! Thanks so much for doing this, I downloaded the template as I am trying to use your hardwood - bunting one and only 1 is coming up on my downloaded template.

    1. Hi there! To access the various backgrounds, select an option from the Layouts menu. Check out the video I posted above to see what I mean. :)

  4. WOW! Thank you for your generosity. Saving me time that I don;t have.

  5. Thank you so much for your generosity!

  6. Hello my dear!!
    Thanks for sharing those amazing bitmojis template!! lovely! Nowadays I'm using the idea of escape rooms to create gamified activities for my students,ando also showing for other teachers to use gamification in their classes.
    See you!!


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