Ed Tech Tips with E. Mosier
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Using Animated GIFs in the Classroom
A much simpler site is known as gifmaker.me. The option still exists to upload images to create a GIF. But, what makes this site really cool is the ability to control the speed of your GIF, and even whether or not it repeats once it's finished. There are other options as well, such as combining animated GIFs, creating video animation, or creating frame animation.
And Then I Was Like....
My personal favorite site for using GIFs in the classroom is And Then I Was Like.co. It is extremely easy to use. Once the site is open and "Create GIF" button is clicked, a 3, 2, 1 countdown appears. The student (or teacher) performs an action and it records a three second clip. It then saves, and can be shared on social media, or with simply a link.
GIFs in the classroom
In a Language Arts classroom, students could record a synonym, antonym, or the reaction of a character once a novel is finished. As a grammar review, I had my students create a GIF of a verb. They then sent that link on a Google Form, and I had all of their GIFs in one location.
In a science classroom, a GIF could be used to show the final chemical reaction that takes place. Or, make a GIF "timeline" and record the steps to complete a lab. Something similar could be used in math with steps of an equation to show the final answer, or even to explain a theorem.
In all classrooms, students can create GIFs on what their understanding of the material is in class that day. Or, how they're feeling as they're leaving class. The best part about this is that, as the teacher, you have the option to get a little creative with how these are used. Student engagement drastically increases by simply inserting a GIF into the lesson.