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My Favorite 10 Apps & Websites for Creating Animated GIFs

My Favorite 10 Apps & Websites for Creating Animated GIFs for the Classroom. Teachers and students can create animations, videos, images and more that can be turned into animated GIFs for their class projects. Also included in this post are practical academic applications for making GIFs in the classroom.

I love GIFs. Students love GIFs. Do you love GIFs? If you aren't familiar, GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format. It is an image file that supports both animated and static images. Here is an example of an emoji GIF I created using the Emoji Me app:
Create animated emojis for your presentations
Back in September I wrote the post Student Friendly GIFs for the Classroom and mentioned how students could use the safe search, Gifs4Kids, to find animated GIFs to add to their Google Slides/PowerPoint presentations, Google Docs, PicCollages, Padlet notes, LMS posts, blogs/websites and other projects. Lots of platforms support GIFs! Below is just one example of how a student can use GIFs for academic purposes.  Here the user is dragging a GIF into a Google Slides presentation to make their vocabulary word come to life. Create a digital book of words!

Create vocabulary journals in Google Slides using GIFs to make words come to life

Student & Teacher Created GIFs

What if students and teachers took it to the next level and created their own GIFs? It's EASY to do! There are so many tools available now that have the option to export animations as GIFs. Students and teachers can now transform their animations, stop motion videos, images and video clips into GIFs to share with others. Here are 10 of my favorites along with academic applications...

My Favorite 10 Apps & Websites for Creating Animated GIFs for the Classroom. Teachers and students can create animations, videos, images and more that can be turned into animated GIFs for their class projects. Also included in this post are practical academic applications for making GIFs in the classroom.

The GIF creator, andthenIwaslike.co is such an EASY tool to use! I have mentioned this one before in these two blog posts: 10 Ways to Spark Excitement for Read Alouds & Student Friendly GIFs for the Classroom.

Example:

Sally James' third & fourth grade classes used Google Slides to write about how they feel about Spring Break and added GIFs they created in andtheniwaslike.co. Here was Sally's adorable example:
My Favorite 10 Apps & Websites for Creating Animated GIFs for the Classroom. Teachers and students can create animations, videos, images and more that can be turned into animated GIFs for their class projects. Also included in this post are practical academic applications for making GIFs in the classroom.
Example for teacher use:


My Favorite 10 Apps & Websites for Creating Animated GIFs for the Classroom. Teachers and students can create animations, videos, images and more that can be turned into animated GIFs for their class projects. Also included in this post are practical academic applications for making GIFs in the classroom.


My Favorite 10 Apps & Websites for Creating Animated GIFs for the Classroom. Teachers and students can create animations, videos, images and more that can be turned into animated GIFs for their class projects.

Piskelapp.com is a fun one for Chrome, Firefox and Edge browsers that allows users to create animated sprites and pixel art.

Example:
Evaporation
My Favorite 10 Apps & Websites for Creating Animated GIFs for the Classroom. Teachers and students can create animations, videos, images and more that can be turned into animated GIFs for their class projects. Also included in this post are practical academic applications for making GIFs in the classroom.


My Favorite 10 Apps & Websites for Creating Animated GIFs for the Classroom. Teachers and students can create animations, videos, images and more that can be turned into animated GIFs for their class projects.

If you haven't tried Brush.Ninja then you definitely need to check this one out! I learned about this website from THIS post written by Richard Byrne. It's a GOOD one and I love the simplicity!

Example:
My Favorite 10 Apps & Websites for Creating Animated GIFs for the Classroom. Teachers and students can create animations, videos, images and more that can be turned into animated GIFs for their class projects. Also included in this post are practical academic applications for making GIFs in the classroom.


My Favorite 10 Apps & Websites for Creating Animated GIFs for the Classroom. Teachers and students can create animations, videos, images and more that can be turned into animated GIFs for their class projects.

ABCya Animate is a great way for kids to make animations on the web that has the option to export creations as GIFs.

Example:
My Favorite 10 Apps & Websites for Creating Animated GIFs for the Classroom. Teachers and students can create animations, videos, images and more that can be turned into animated GIFs for their class projects. Also included in this post are practical academic applications for making GIFs in the classroom.
Students were studying magnets and created animations of items their magnet would attract.

My Favorite 10 Apps & Websites for Creating Animated GIFs for the Classroom. Teachers and students can create animations, videos, images and more that can be turned into animated GIFs for their class projects.

Tall Tweets will turn any Google Slides presentation into a GIF. Eric Curts wrote THIS blog post about how students can create animations in Google Slides by duplicating slides and slowly making small changes to each slide. Tall Tweets connects to the user's Google Drive and combines all of the slides in the presentation you select and turns it into a GIF that can be tweeted or saved to your computer.

My Favorite 10 Apps & Websites for Creating Animated GIFs for the Classroom. Teachers and students can create animations, videos, images and more that can be turned into animated GIFs for their class projects. Also included in this post are practical academic applications for making GIFs in the classroom.
Push & Pull GIF: Stick around for awhile if you want to see him PULL😂

Example:

My Favorite 10 Apps & Websites for Creating Animated GIFs for the Classroom. Teachers and students can create animations, videos, images and more that can be turned into animated GIFs for their class projects.
Example:
My Favorite 10 Apps & Websites for Creating Animated GIFs for the Classroom. Teachers and students can create animations, videos, images and more that can be turned into animated GIFs for their class projects. Also included in this post are practical academic applications for making GIFs in the classroom.
Read more about this Moon Phases GIF Project HERE

My Favorite 10 Apps & Websites for Creating Animated GIFs for the Classroom. Teachers and students can create animations, videos, images and more that can be turned into animated GIFs for their class projects. Also included in this post are practical academic applications for making GIFs in the classroom.

Are you familiar with stop motion videos? If not, check out the following blog post I wrote: Tools and Tips for Creating Amazing Stop Motion Videos in the Classroom. The free app, Stop Motion Studio, will allow users to export their videos as GIFs.

Example:

My Favorite 10 Apps & Websites for Creating Animated GIFs for the Classroom. Teachers and students can create animations, videos, images and more that can be turned into animated GIFs for their class projects. Also included in this post are practical academic applications for making GIFs in the classroom.
The printables for this matter stop motion activity came from Erintegration's TpT Store. It's SO fun! 

My Favorite 10 Apps & Websites for Creating Animated GIFs for the Classroom. Teachers and students can create animations, videos, images and more that can be turned into animated GIFs for their class projects.

The free PicsArt GIF & Sticker Maker app is so easy to use and the possibilities for classroom use are endless! This one stands out from other apps because you can add stickers, text and other cool effects to your videos.

Example:

My Favorite 10 Apps & Websites for Creating Animated GIFs for the Classroom. Teachers and students can create animations, videos, images and more that can be turned into animated GIFs for their class projects. Also included in this post are practical academic applications for making GIFs in the classroom.

My Favorite 10 Apps & Websites for Creating Animated GIFs for the Classroom. Teachers and students can create animations, videos, images and more that can be turned into animated GIFs for their class projects.


The PicsArt Animator app has lots of options! You can design your own animation, become an emoji, bring pictures to life, draw cartoons and so much more.

Example:
Butterfly Lifecycle
My Favorite 10 Apps & Websites for Creating Animated GIFs for the Classroom. Teachers and students can create animations, videos, images and more that can be turned into animated GIFs for their class projects. Also included in this post are practical academic applications for making GIFs in the classroom.

My Favorite 10 Apps & Websites for Creating Animated GIFs for the Classroom. Teachers and students can create animations, videos, images and more that can be turned into animated GIFs for their class projects.

GIF Toaster is an app I use all of the time. Take any video clip and turn it into a GIF in seconds! Students can create GIFs that could be added to the PicCollage app that supports GIFs. I got the idea of creating a Verb poster in Piccollage from Goodwinnovate's post HERE. She used the Lively app to turn live photos into GIFs. Similarly, you can do the same thing with GIF Toaster but instead turn videos into GIFs. You can see in the GIF below that I took a video of kids jumping up and down and turned it into a GIF to insert into PicCollage. PicCollage will export as a video but you can run it through GIF Toaster to turn the entire canvas into a GIF.

Example:
My Favorite 10 Apps & Websites for Creating Animated GIFs for the Classroom. Teachers and students can create animations, videos, images and more that can be turned into animated GIFs for their class projects. Also included in this post are practical academic applications for making GIFs in the classroom.

How else could GIFs be used in the classroom? I'd love to hear your ideas in the comments below!

My Favorite 10 Apps & Websites for Creating Animated GIFs for the Classroom. Teachers and students can create animations, videos, images and more that can be turned into animated GIFs for their class projects. Also included in this post are practical academic applications for making GIFs in the classroom.


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  1. I love these ideas and appreciate you taking the time to create this post! I just shared it with our Computer Lab teacher and I know she will find it very useful! Thank you!

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