GIFs are hard to imagine the internet without these days. Every child already knows what is meant by it and where to find it. The small, animated images are mostly for amusement and are shared on numerous social networks among a wide variety of users. In the meantime, there are vast numbers of these little picture sequences and they are becoming more and more. The reason for this are numerous apps, websites and programs that allow us to create a Graphics Interchange Formats can be made very simple.
What is a GIF
Simply put, a GIF is a short sequence of images that ends after a few seconds and is usually repeated permanently. In addition, it usually has an amusing character or serves to underline certain situations or. Feelings.
GIFs could not be more different. From the short film or. Anything from a series excerpt to a self-created video is possible.
On a more technical note, GIF, as mentioned above, stands for Graphics Interchange Format and is a special graphic format similar to PNG or JPG. A GIF is nothing else than an image file in GIF format. The difference to the conventional JPG is the animation. So GIFs are not rigid, but moving. You could also call it a short sequence of images.
Examples of programs for creating GIFs
Example creation of a GIF with the help of Piskel
Piskel is a free online service to create GIFs in pixelstyle. To do this, you can download a free offline file or create the image sequences directly online. The generated works can be saved in a wide variety of file formats. A big advantage of this program is that when you create the individual images, you can see directly how far the GIF is overall. This shows a small window permanently.
How to create a GIF with Piskel?
Here is a video of the creation of a GIF with Piskel.
How and with what you can still create GIFs?
As you can see in the section "Examples of programs for creating GIFs" can already clearly see, there are numerous methods for creating GIFs. The video platform "YouTube" can be very helpful its. Here you can find good tutorials for various programs that explain step by step how to complete a GIF.
Here are some well-done explanatory videos:
Chances and limits in elementary school
Especially in elementary school, GIFs can be used in a similar way as videos to support the teaching of complex content. Especially activities, which run over and over again according to a certain pattern, can be shown to the children in this way and each child can decide for themselves how often the GIF is viewed. Besides, the use of GIFs has a high motivational aspect.
It is also a good idea to include GIFs in playful scenarios. For example, to train spatial awareness, you could have buildings in a GIF appear and disappear over and over again. The students’ task would then be to recreate this structure.
However, this example also shows the limitations of the GIF format. Unfortunately, it is not possible for a student to set the tempo of the GIF and it is also not possible to stop the animation at a difficult point.
Overall, GIFs in the school context can be mentioned quite positively. With a correct selection or. Contextualization can significantly influence the learning success of the children. Due to the numerous, simply designed apps, it would even be conceivable to have the children create small GIFs themselves as early as elementary school.