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10 Ways to Use Emojis for Learning

10 Ways to Use Emojis for Learning

By Jessica Sanders

We live in an emoji-friendly world, where it’s often more common to express laughing with a 😂 than the words, “Wow, that’s hilarious.” Your students are likely heavy emoji users and as such, connect with them in a way that is engaging and fun in a learning environment. Use these ideas to bring emojis into your classroom.

1. Students can identify emotions of themselves, characters in a book or people from history. (The Educator’s Room)

2. Create emoji poems, where students use no words, only emojis. (Blog.WhooosReading)

3. String together emojis into a story and have students figure out how they’re all connected. This is a fun way to start a new lesson or unit. (Love to Teach)

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4. Bridge gaps in ELL classrooms. Allow students to express what they want to say via emoji and then use that to transition into learning that word or phrase. (The Educator’s Room)

5. Students can summarize a book or story with 5 to 10 emojis. They can also use this same tactic to show their understanding of the main idea or theme. (Erintegration)

6. Assign an emoji translation assignment. Students use emojis as an alternative representation of a famous quote, poem or character. (Blog.WhooosReading)

7. Read famous literature in emoji format with Emoji Dick and OMG Shakespeare Series.

8. Use emoji polls to gauge student understanding, excitement with the material and more. This could be a fun morning activity to see how students are feeling that day. (Teacher Reboot Camp)

9. Have your students compare and contrast their emoji choices for a story or poem with the choices made my Emogitranslate.com. (Teacher Reboot Camp)

10. Assign students a variety of emojis and have them explain what the emoji means. They should include their reasoning behind the meanings, talking about inferences they can make about the image. (Edutopia)

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