I was once again fascinated by animated GIFs when I recently saw this series of hypnotic animations.
I was also reminded of this very good video about the history and current creative uses of animated gif.
Compared to a longer animation, an animated gif could be said to be easier to create. On the other hand, because its brevity, to make it meaningful, one needs to be able to abstract the essence – and this is an essential skill to learn that is not always an easy one to teach.
There are probably many ways to tap on animated gifs for teaching and learning, besides plastering them onto presentation slides and websites. For instance, students could produce gifs to represent different emotions or think of animated gif as a form of kinetic art or a simple timelapse to show a process or even to present data.
Have you tried, seen or thought of some good uses?