Pictures are a great way to get the students' attention in your LessonUp lesson. A vibrant image is sure to get your students more active. With LessonUp, you can do something even more fun: add a moving GIF as an image. An image that looks like a small video.
But how do you create a LessonUp lesson with such a moving GIF? There are millions of them on the Internet, on the most diverse (and unfortunately qualitative) sites, such as http://giphy.com/search/animated-gif.
Nice, but not always useful for a lesson. Therefore, you want to make your own GIF, which also fits your lesson.
Here we explain how you can do that.
Go to a site where you can not only watch beautiful and useful videos, but also download them. For this example we will use the site: www.videvo.net. This is a well-organised site with all kinds of short (stock) videos. To be able to use videos from this site, you must be registered. This can be done via the well-known channels such as Facebook and Google.
We search for a subject in English. Videvo now shows all videos with the subject, London, that we have chosen. Please note that the top row are sponsored videos that are not free. The free videos can be recognised by the text: By: Videvo (or another name, other than Shutterstock).
Once we have found a suitable video, we can download it by clicking on the Free Download button. The video is now on the computer.
OK, the video has been downloaded, but it is not yet suitable to use as an image in LessonUp. We'll do that now.
Go to the website http://ezgif.com, and select the option: Video to GIF. To upload the file, first select the video file you downloaded in the previous step and click Upload. Please note that the maximum file size is 100 MB!
By default, a GIF is created of the first 5 seconds, but you can extend this to a maximum of 60 seconds. The start and end point of the video can be chosen manually. It is important to know that the length of the video, influences the quality of the GIF. This has to do with the next step.
You can set the quality of the GIF. The higher the frame rate (frames per second), the better the quality. Unfortunately, there is a maximum length of 10 seconds. This is a personal choice that also depends on the purpose for which the video is used. We opt for maximum quality and set the frame rate to 25.
Click on Convert to GIF and the moving GIF will be created. This can take a while, but never longer than a minute. The preview will then appear.
Then click on Save to download the video. The GIF is now on your computer and ready to use in LessonUp!
In order to prevent the image from becoming too large, which can be annoying with a 'bad' internet connection, it is advisable to choose 'optimise the GIF'. With this, the quality remains almost the same, but the file size is reduced by about 40%!
In LessonUp, the GIF can be inserted in the same way as an image, i.e., in a slide or in an interactive component such as a word web, quiz or open question.
The site EZGIF.com offers even more options to make the GIF just the way you want it. You can crop, rotate or indicate how often the GIF must repeat. It goes too far to describe all these options here, but the possibilities are offered on the site.
Good luck! And we are very curious to your lessons with GIFs!