Usually the GIFs that are shared on those social media sites are funny. We think funny is great. But when humor can be combined with an educational concept in a GIF---you get something beautiful.
What are some examples of GIF use in education?
We have fun creating GIFs to animate vocabulary or to animate processes/concepts with our GIFs. Check out these awesome math GIFs from MathWarehouse.com! We love the ProjectED vocabulary GIFs made by students.
How do students make a GIF?
Wouldn't it be wonderful if students had the opportunity to be the creators---and not just consumers---of GIFs? Here is a tutorial on how to create a GIF using www.abcya.com/animate.htm. This website is a great, free site that works so nicely for students to illustrate a GIF. There is also an inexpensive iPad app version.
What if technology is limited?
After you watch the screenshot video above to understand how GIF creation works, you can instead have your students do their illustrations on paper. Use a smartphone to take pictures of each of these individually. Then load the pictures into a GIF animate website like http://gifmaker.me.