Most is know the animated gif as a means of expression an emotion via social media, but is there a more useful purpose in education.
Absolutely. Think of this “short-form” video as way to show a phenomenon or the steps in a process where it would help understanding to see the steps repeated. For example, Sign With Robert is clearly an effective way to demonstrate sign language.
Can repetition illustrate the geometry of parking?
The geometry of a perfect parallel park. pic.twitter.com/rUUouEydsh
— Simon Pampena (@mathemaniac) November 25, 2016
Can it help to understand observe motion of an organism?
Think about a concept or process in the subject you teach or are most interested in. What might you be able to demonstrate in an animated GIF form, one that allows rapid repetition of a sequence in a few frames?
You can approach this two ways:
- Find or create a YouTube video that contains the process, for example, the motion of a running cheetah
- Find or create a series of image showing the steps in a process, maybe it is how to make something.
The giphy web site is a place many people go to find animated GIFs, but it also has a easy to use tool for creating an animated GIF from either the web address of a video, or a series of images you upload. You can add captions and other effects, and then publish to a web address you can share in your response to this activity.
Example for "A Serious Use For Silly Media":