Simple animated GIFs or short animated videos played on a loop can be a good way to simply display the steps of a solving a math problem. I’ve also seen animated GIFs used to illustrate parts of speech. And my friends who teach physics like to use animated GIFs to illustrate key physics concepts. Those are just a few of the ways that you could use animated GIFs in your classroom. The following three tools make it easy to create instructional animations.
Loopy is a free tool for creating your own animated simulations or illustrations of a concept. This free animation tool is designed to showing relationships between two or more parts of a system. It’s perfect for showing cause and effect or for showing a workflow system. To create an animation on Loopy you simply have to click on the blank canvas to place a circle that represents the start of a system. Then click on the canvas again to add another element to your system animation. To connect the two (or more) pieces you use a drawing tool to connect them. Once you’ve drawn the connections you can add cause and effect commands by selecting them from the Loopy editor.
Parapara Animation is a free animation creation tool developed and hosted by Mozilla. The tool is easy to use and it does not require registration in order to use it. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to create an animation with ParaPara Animation.
Animations made with any of the tools that I have featured here can be embedded into a blog post, webpage, or into most slideshows.
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