Animated Gifs

Animated gifs are a great way to demonstrate a new tool or provide additional instructions. Many animated gifs can be seen on Twitter or in messaging programs. I like to think of them as stop-motion videos–quick, split-second images quickly appearing. An animated gif can also be a quick “slideshow” of images that can be placed in Google Slides or on a website.

Getting Started

Determine the best tool to utilize to create a gif. Some options include:

Once you determine your tool, gather your images. I typically use screenshots and annotate on the screenshot with arrows or text. Some like to drop images into Keynote or PowerPoint and add the annotations. Then, export the slides as JPGS to upload to the gif creator. Below are some options to create gifs:


Set the size and time of the loop. Depending on the tool, you can set the time in milliseconds and adjust the size when you upload.

Gif Settings

Save all images in one folder for the project. When uploading, it will help determine which files are needed.

Next Steps

Once created, the animated gif is ready for display on Google Slides or a web page. Twitter also takes animated gifs as well.

Google Slides:
When creating a Google Slide with instructions, embed a gif by uploading the file as an image. It automatically begins the animation. See the example below from an iMovie slide about inserting voice narration.

Upload the file as an image file. Display the file in the same way you would any image file. It will appear on the web page with animation. See the example below for embedding into this blog post:

Animated Gif Example









Send out tweets with information about using databases or other tools. Include a description and animated gif in the tweet.

Twitter Example









What other animated gif tools do you use? How do you use the tools with students?

Author: Becca Munson

Becca Munson, Librarian, is a National Board Certified Teacher with over 24 years of experience in education. Becca is the Coordinator for Library Systems in the Blue Valley School District. Previously, she was school librarian at Blue Valley West High School. She opened two buildings in Blue Valley and spent some time as an Ed Tech Specialist before returning to libraries. Becca supports over 45 librarians and support staff as they work to fulfill the mission of flexible scheduling, collaboration, and literacy.

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