Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Make a Quick, Drawn, Animated, Gif

Here is a tutorial I used earlier this year to demonstrate to students how they can make simple animations for embedding into Powerpoint presentations, webpages, and Tumblr (their favorite!).


  1. Had a lot of fun playing with both the old and new versions on the abcya website, and then sadly had no luck with saving and being able to replay them =(. I know you hate technical questions, so I won't ask it. However, I will ask you what the biggest technology frustration and solution you had with classes has been?

  2. MarieE,

    Thank you for your comment. Aw, I feel SO BAD that I've given off the vibe I hate technical questions. I'm not posting as many tech-based tutorials, because when I did, I got a lot of email from people asking questions that were directly answered in the tutorial posted. When I would send email replies to these questions, it would turn into a lengthy email volley wherein it became obvious the original sender was struggling with basic technology skills. Unfortunately, when someone needs help w/basic interfacing, they typically need in-person, one-on-one assistance. I provide that type of assistance a lot in my school and in my district. . .But, I just can't do it over the internet. So, I've posted about it, and now I've given off an unhelpful vibe. I'm so sorry!!

    I went and checked out the new abcya.com/animate website. My students made those animations back in March. . .So, the site makeover is fairly new (which is exciting)! I made a quick animation on the site, and when I saved it, it refused to open (just like you). I tried a second time, and selected the option for "slower computers," and the file opened up like a charm. So. . maybe it is a size issue? Or maybe, you just have to try saving more than once? I frequently have issues with files I save from internet-based programs working on the first try. . .So who knows? You could also try using a different internet browser. That shouldn't make a difference in this case, but, well, you never know.

    As far as technology frustrations. . .This is pretty much it. I always complete "dry" runs of the project (no matter how many times I've done it before) in my building, with the tech the kids will use etc. etc. I can't tell you how many times the tech will work great for me. . .And, then, in class, it will act up like a mofo. Or, you know, just SOME tech doesn't work (which is SO frustrating for the kids).

    While it is very frustrating, it also teaches adaptability. Someone once said: "if it's green, it's biology; if it stinks, it's chemistry; and if it doesn't work, it must be technology." We both know that technology picks the most annoying moments to refuse to work. . .So, it is good to be flexible enough to adapt and just go with it. I get so upset when images my kids make using online programs won't save and/or won't save into file types that can be opened by the school tech. So, instead, I taught my kids how to do screen captures and how to paste those captures into Paint. Low-tech and awesome!

    So, again, I'm sorry for giving off the unhelpful vibe. . .And, I hope you can get abcya.com/animate to save correctly!

  3. =) I don't think you're unhelpful- I just didn't want to be asking annoying technology questions, when I had the feeling it was a browser incompatibility thing. You are so generous with your ideas! Thanks for going back in and testing it out anyway. I liked how the newer one had some clipart to plug in and animate. I feel like it was a good site to play on and get the basic concept of animation. I'm teaching an animation workshop with small groups in a networked computer lab at a community art center this summer. I'd like to do it with my elementary school kids next year too, but I'm a little leery about managing tech with 23 kids on laptops.