As I was recently discussing this topic with my colleague, Mrs. Rachel Whalen, and researching the origin of these powerful, visual, non-verbal, emotion carrying vessels, we came across interesting and valuable resources to help keep the Emoji Intelligence Quotient right where it needs to be to survive in the digital age!
Ironically, as I became more emoji conversant, I became acutely aware of something I had never given a thought to! Emojis, like words, can carry multiple meanings! As an SLP, I have spent countless hours with students discussing strategies for interpreting and using words with multiple meanings accurately. I never imagined that the conversation would now turn to include our minuscule emoji message conveyors! At the same time, however, I understood immediately the importance of doing so. How could I NOT?! After all, If students are using emojis to communicate by text, email, and social media what would it mean to do anything other than to support them in doing so with competence?
Here are some of the tools I have shared with students who went on to apply the acquired knowledge, in 21st Century stride, within the context of our lessons as well as in social communications with peers.
Flipgrid Emoji Reaction Guide (Courtesty of @Flipgrid)
Emojipedia (Courtesy of Mrs. Rachel Whalen)
Here are some ways to integrate the language of emoji into your content. Student engagement multiplies when we meet them where their interests are already established!
Emoji Writing Prompts
Don't forget to test your own Emoji Intelligence Quotient by taking the Emoji Challenge on The Monthly Speech & Language Challenge page!