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.
We have featured how to create GIFs (both for teachers and students) as well as using GIFs in Google and review games (like Kahoot).
How do you feel about virtual word walls? We know that having students copy down definitions isn't the best practice. What if, instead, we let students create GIF animations for vocabulary? If every student had a different vocabulary word, you could end up with some powerful animations of an entire word wall! Plus, it allows for students to use creativity and demonstrate deep understanding in order to animate a vocab word.
Websites like Padlet or Linoit are perfect for hosting them! Take a look at our example here!
We are really getting into GIFs. You can read more about why on our GIF page.
After you check that out, we mentioned on that page that there are lots of places to host GIFs.
Here is our Padlet example. A teacher can create a Padlet page and then only needs to provide students with the link. Students don't need an actual account. By just double clicking, they can make a post and comment on a GIF. They can also post their own. Padlet also allows you to turn on "approval only" so that posts only show if you approve them. We have our Padlet commenting turned off right now.
Here is our Linoit example. The navigation menu is in the bottom right. If you drag that white rectangle around, you can see where we have posted some of our GIFs with questions. We have commenting turned off, but if turned on in the settings, it allows students to answer questions about GIFs on different colored sticky notes. Students don't need an actual Linoit account---they just need the link provided by their teacher!
Opportunities for students to collaborate is essential, and there are so many instructional technology tools to look into that can help make this happen!
Two of our favorites below do more than just allow students to post. They also allow students to post pictures (either from the internet, camera phones, or illustrated) and GIFs! We are really big on GIFs so that's a huge deal to us.
Padlet- As a teacher, you can make a padlet site and give the link to students to post. Students just double click to post a sticky anywhere! Students do not have to have an account to post, but you can turn Padlet on "approval only" if you want so that you can approve posts before they show up.
Linoit- As a teacher, you can make a Linoit site and give a link to students to post. LinoIt is fancy in that it has different color sticky notes available and TONS of room to post all over the board (notice the navigation area in the bottom right).
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