Well, we are just about done with our "how to create and use" GIF series. Oh, we're going to keep making them on our GIFs page! But we're on to other EdTech topics.
So we leave you with some of our ideas - here are 5 Meaningful Ideas for Using GIFs in your Classroom.
So in our previous topic, we talked about how students can create GIFs to bring vocabulary and processes to life.
Now, we can focus on what to do with them!
As you may know, student created GIFs work on most teacher websites. They also work in PowerPoints (once you are in slideshow mode).
Did you know that GIFs play in Kahoot? Kahoot is an awesome, interactive quiz game that works with all device types. Load a GIF like a picture and ask a thought provoking question that relates to the GIF.
GIFs also work in Google docs, Google slides, etc. Instead of a card sort---consider an animated one using a Google Doc and GIFs! Click here for an example of a Google Doc showing a virtual card sort!
Response systems allow you to immediately collect student responses, which makes them powerful when used as formative assessments throughout a lesson. Response systems not only tell you what your students do and do not know, but they can help you in modifying your instruction to meet student needs during instruction.
Here are some our (FREE) favorites!
Plickers- Print out free Plicker response cards from their website (it's better if you print them on cardstock rather than just paper). Install the free Plickers app on your mobile device. Students hold up the printed Plickers cards to respond to a multiple choice question (A,B,C, or D) and all you need to do is just wave your mobile device in front of the cards. It captures footage of them and immediately gathers results. It is awesome!
Kahoot- An awesome quiz show game that works on all kinds of devices! Teachers can make their free quizzes on getkahoot.com. After making your quiz, you can activate it. This will give a pin number so that students can join your quiz by visiting kahoot.it and typing in the pin number.
Poll Everywhere- A great way to poll your students! This website not only does multiple choice but also allows participants to text in responses. Create your poll and it will walk you through the process!
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