I have used many a .gif file (Graphic Interchange Format), but until the other day never created one. There have been two iOS apps that I have trailed over the past week and both have simple interfaces, are easy to work and the end result is a GIF image that can be uploaded to blogs, webpages or other presentations.
The two Apps that I have used are GIF Shop and Gif Me, I am sure that there are online webpages or downloadable programs that will do the same or better, but both these Apps are cheap (Were actually free on Apps Gone Free). Both gather images through either your camera roll or take images through front or back cameras. You sequence the images, choose the speed of the Gif and then create. You are able to email to a friend or save to camera roll. The whole process takes no longer than a few minutes.
Applications in the classroom
- Sharing a sequence.
- Advertising an event.
- Showing change over time time.
- Get kids to create a GIF from photos taken every Monday over a term.
- Just cool!
Why not a video?
- Gif is just an image file, so does not need to be embedded through Youtube or Vimeo.
- File size is quite small, where video is much larger.
- Just shows images in a set sequence and can create from photos taken over a long time period.