Animated GIFs can be more than reactions or clips from movies or TV show- what about using it to put together something in your teaching that shows a process, a natural activity– something that would help to see repeatedly for students to understand.
For some examples from science, art, math, and more see Grooving With GIFs, especially ones from these sources:
- Teaching Sign Language (Sign With Robert on giphy)
- How GIFs are changing the way we talk science (PHYS.org)
- Cool Science GIFs (tumblr)
- Animating Public Domain Art (GIF IT UP, Digital Public Library of America)
- 6 GIF Artists Hack the Language of Propaganda (Protest Art)
- Educational GIFs
- These 20 Educational Gifs Will Teach You More Than A Textbook Can (boredpanda)
- How to create ExplainerGIFs (CommonCraft)
- 25 GIFs that explain how things work (Relatively Interesting)
- Digital Materiality of GIFS (Sha)
- Gifpop create lenticular prints from GIFS
- A History of the GIF (links from Michael Branson Smith)
- The GIF THat Keeps on GIFFING (how to guide for students, University of Mary Washington)
You can bring a process in your subject to life as an animated GIF made from a series of photos or images. This can be done in advanced tools like Photoshop
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A Photoshop feature: Create Frame Animation. Helps to make your own GIFs
Like this one below is really three images, each one just shifting the one badge a little bit. Create frame animation let's you put them together into a GIF pic.twitter.com/DAFiONOGEb
— Terrry Greeene (@greeneterry) May 29, 2018
But you also do this readily in the Giphy Gifmaker tool
Here we can upload all of our photos.
In the slideshow settings, you can reorder the photos and use the slider to adjust how long they are displayed (up to a total GIF time of 10 seconds). If you forgot or wish to add more images, you can also do that here.
When done you can Continue to Decorate to add text, effects, etc to make your process GIF come to life.
How well do you think this does to show a process over and over? Are there other ways you can see using this?
Example for "Show a Process as an Animated GIF":