Getting GIF-y With It!

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Stella Pollard  
Are you desperately looking for engagement while sharing information with your students? If so, join us as we get GIF-y with it! Learn how GIFs can ignite discourse and inferencing in your classroom. You'll also learn how to create your own GIFs!

Audience: Library media specialists, Professional developers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: It takes just a couple of seconds, but an account on,, and the installation of Screencastify prior to the session will be helpful
Topic: Instructional design & delivery
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Math, Science
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Challenge: The students or educators aren't engaged with me when I am presenting new information. Solution: Using pre-existing or creating new GIFs to help drive discussion! Make sure to leave them in a "hook" the ensure that the participants can continue to make inferences.

We will discuss how to find pre-made GIFs with (free) but also how to create your own GIFs with the following free resources:
*TallTweets * you don't have to tweet it.
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We will also discuss the why and how's for students to create their own GIFs.

Attendees will be given models through the form of a Wakelet but also directions on how to create their own.


Introductions and objectives ~5 minutes

Hooking the crowd. Helping the attendees get accustomed to the types of GIFs we will be exploring today. Including pre-made GIFs and GIFs I have made directly for the conference. I will use PearDeck to get interaction from the crowd. ~5 minutes

Exploring the different ways to find and use generated GIFs ~ 10 minutes

Exploring how to create your own GIFs with resources including GIPHY, TallTweets, and Screencastify ~25 minutes

Play & Ask time - a chance for attendees to create, explore and share their own GIFs as well as ask any questions ~10 minutes

Evalutation & Closure ~5 minutes

Supporting research

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Stella Pollard, Franklin County Schools