Showing posts with label Emojis. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Emojis. Show all posts

Monday, March 18, 2019

How to Add Emojis to Word Documents - And How to Use Them in a Lesson

Last summer Tony Vincent helped me see emojis as more than just annoying symbols that people use in text messages and social media posts. He did that with a slick graphic that he created and shared on Twitter. In the graphic he featured a game in which students have to decipher school terms based on the emojis displayed. If you want to create a similar activity, you can do so by using emojis in Word. The Emoji Keyboard add-in for Word makes it easy to add emojis to any part of a Word document. Watch my new video to learn how to add emojis to Word documents.



You can also find emojis in Google Documents through the use of the special characters menu. Watch my video to learn how you can easily insert emojis into your Google Docs.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Customizing Fonts and Emojis in Google Docs

By default every document that you create in Google Docs will have 11 point Arial font unless you change it. You can change that to one of more than 450 font options. To access and add custom fonts to your Google Documents and Slides select "add fonts" from the bottom of the font selection menu that you've always used in Google Drive. Selecting "add fonts" will open up a new menu in which you can mix and match fonts to your heart's content. The screenshots below provide visual directions.

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Just because you've changed the font for one document that doesn't mean it will automatically apply to the next document that you create. That can be done by changing the default font. This video shows you how to change the default font in Google Docs.


And just for fun, Google Docs makes it easy to insert emojis into your documents. Here's a video on how to do that.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

How to Make Your Own Emojis - And How to Use Them in a Lesson

During the summer Tony Vincent helped me see emojis as more than just annoying symbols that people use in text messages and social media posts. He did that with a slick graphic that he created and shared on Twitter. In the graphic, seen here, he created a game in which students have to decipher school terms based on the emojis displayed. If you want to create a similar activity, you can do so by using emojis that are built into Google Docs or by creating your own emojis with this simple tool that I demonstrate in the video embedded below.


And here's a video to show you how to add emojis to Google Docs.

Friday, December 14, 2018

DIY Emojis

Emoji Builder is a fun little site for making your own emojis. To design your own emoji on Emoji Builder you simply pick a base face then add on eyes, mouth, and accessories from menus on the site. When you're done designing your emoji you can download it as a PNG. The site doesn't require any kind of registration.


Applications for Education
I have to admit that it took a long time for me to see the potential uses of emojis in a classroom for anything more than just decoration or distraction. Then in August Tony Vincent published a vocabulary game that uses emojis and I finally saw a clever way to use emojis in a classroom. Emoji Builder could be used to have students create emojis to represent themselves, their emotions, or, as Tony suggested, vocabulary words.

H/T to Lifehacker.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Using Icons to Help Organize Google Drive Folders


Remember what your Google Drive looked like when you first started using it? It was neat, organized, and free of clutter. As you began to use Drive more frequently, you probably started creating folders and perhaps you are now looking for a way to organize them. In addition to color coding your files, you can add emojis and other symbols to your folders to help you identify them quickly and easily.

The first thing you need to do is open your Drive and identify a folder that you would like to add a symbol or emoji to. Make sure the symbol you select is something that helps you remember the contents of the folder. Maybe you use a snowflake for activities that pertain to winter or a test tube for chemistry lessons. All that matters is that your icon makes sense to you. Once you have selected your folder, navigate to one of the sites below, select the symbol you want to use, copy it, edit the name of the folder then paste the icon into the box where the folder name appears.

Symbol and emoji sites:

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Emojis and More Special Characters in Blogger

This isn't groundbreaking, but you can now use emojis in Blogger. About a week or two ago a new icon appeared in the "compose" mode in Blogger. That icon represents the special characters that you can insert into your Blogger blog posts. Those special characters include emojis. They also include more practical things like arrows, math symbols, and special characters needed for properly writing a variety of languages.

You can search for special characters by name, by drawing a symbol, or you can just browse through the galleries.