Learning in a Giffy (Pronounced Jiffy!)

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Here is an idea for you…

Use animated Gifs to help with instructions in online assignments and assessments.

Update: Now you can freely and easily make any YouTube video into a gif by simply adding the letters gif to the front of the word YouTube in any YouTube Video URL. 

For those of you not familiar with the Gif file format, GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format, and it is a bitmap image format that was introduced by CompuServe in 1987. And just so you know, Steve Wilhite and his fellow creators at CompuServe have long fought for the word to be pronounced Jif with a soft “G” /ˈdʒɪf/, like the peanut butter. In fact, it has been noted that CompuServe employees would often say, “Choosy developers choose GIF.”

imgurgifAnyways, Imgur has recently launched a Video to GIF tool that, as the name implies, allows you to easily convert online videos into animated GIFs. This allows teachers to demonstrate something in a Jiffy. Well not technically – for those of you who are sticklers out there a Jiffy was defined by Gilbert Newton Lewis (1875–1946). He proposed a unit of time called the “jiffy” which was equal to the time it takes light to travel one centimeter in a vacuum, approximately 33.3564 picoseconds, but you get the picture. At least you should. And if not, take a look at this quick GIF we created to show how to
open Lync on your classroom computer. Basically, the GIF loops the steps; thought being, if students can see it, they can do it.

Want an even faster strategy? Add the letters gif before the letter y in any Youtube Video link.



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