Thursday, August 12, 2021

Make a GIF with Keynote

A couple of days ago I posted about making GIFs with Google Slides. If you haven't checked out that post, it's a very easy process of using a slide deck like a digital flipbook -- create an image or scene, duplicate the slide and move something just a bit, and repeat until you have created all your images. Then use a second tool to export it to a GIF. My students did this as a culminating activity at the end of last school year. Many students enjoyed the project and their results were terrific.

When we completed this project in May, my students actually used Keynote because students use MacBooks as part of our 1:1 initiative. With Keynote, creating a GIF is even easier. The slides creation part of the project is the same. Make slides, duplicate them, move images and repeat. 

Here are some screenshots to show how to export to GIF in Keynote. 

Go to File and drag down to Export To. Select Animated GIF.


Choose the slides you want to export and the speed of the frames. Experiment here to get it to look just the way you like. Click Next.

Then name your GIF and save it. Once you have it saved, you can use it anywhere you would use an image. 

Give this a try. It couldn't be easier! 

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Make a GIF with Google Slides

One of my favorite lessons from last year was when my students made chemistry GIFs using a slide deck. The kids were allowed to illustrate any process, concept, or problem solving strategy by using a slide deck like a flip book. Once the deck was created a second tool is used to convert it into a GIF.

 I prepared the video below for the SPARCC conference.  Take a look to see my student examples and the process we used to make the GIFs.


Sunday, January 3, 2021

A New Habit for a New Year: Schedule your Gmails

I am a notorious late night worker. I get my second wind after 9 pm and can be very productive into the wee hours. For years, people have asked if I ever sleep because the time stamp on my emails betrays me. One of the new habits I am going to try to adopt this year is to schedule my emails for during business hours.

It's been almost two years since Google added the email scheduling feature, but I still don't take regular advantage of it. In the one-minute video below, I model how to use the feature. There is a small drop-down arrow next to the word Send. Click it to reveal the scheduling options. Some default dates and times will appear, but you can also pick a custom date and time.

Let's say you're an administrator getting caught up on work during a school vacation. Instead of sending out emails that probably won't get read or attended to during vacation, schedule their send for the first day back from break. Now you're crossing things off your to-do list and increasing the likelihood that your staff will add these items to theirs. Or you're a teacher sending out missing work notifications at the end of a day. Maybe try scheduling those emails to go out so they are seen first thing in the morning. A secretary who has to compose the welcome back message? Write it days or weeks ahead of time and schedule the send so you don't have to add the welcome message during the return to school craziness.

I've known how to do this for a while, now I have to develop the habit. When I go to click Send, I'm going to think about my timing. If timing IS everything, this easy feature could mean everything to my work.