mobile computing

Q2 Emoticons & Emojis

20. Mobile Computing


Texting is a great way to keep in touch with your friends and family. There are a couple of problems with it though. It is missing something that is vital to good communication:  tone of voice and facial expression. Have you ever texted someone and they got mad at you? Texting, emails, and IM'ing are all ways that we can communicate without seeing or hearing each other. How can you convey meaning when you can't use these things? In one word, emoticons!

smiley  :)  Odds are that you have seen them before. In fact, you might have even used them before. But how often do you use them? Which ones do you use? Are there many of them? Let's go find out.

Key Vocabulary

Emoji: A small digital image or symbol used to express an idea, rather than an emotion, etc. Emoji's are broader than an emoticon and can include pictures of animals, transportation, and such.

Examples: A small owl image to represent being smart or wise, or shaking hands to represent friendship.

Emoticons: the use of text or keyboard symbols or a sequence of keyboard symbols to represent a facial expression or emotion.

Examples:  :-) representing a smile,    :(  for frown,    :'(  for crying  

Table: a set of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns


1. View this slide show to learn about emoji grammar.


2. Read this short article on emoticons and watch the video Terrible tEXt (may be flash).

Direct link to the Terrible tEXt recording 

3. Take a look at this list of common text emoticons.

4. Open a word processing document and list at least three things you need to keep in mind when using emojis and when using emoticons..

5. Make a table below your list that has two columns. Label one column "symbol" and the other column "meaning". Copy and paste 3 emoji's that would be appropriate to use, and type in 3 emoticons that would be appropriate to use.

Extra Credit

If you get done early, why don't you have some fun with emojis and emoticons. You can make a short story with them or maybe just a couple of sentences using them along with words.

Completing this Quest

Save your table of emojis and emoticons in your File Space and wait for further instructions from your teacher. 

Check off this Quest on the 21t4s roadmap 

I'm ready to move on to Quest 3: Too Much Information. 

ISTE and Common Core Standards

ISTE Standards•S

2. Digital Citizen
a. Cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world
b. Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices
d. Manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online