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Friday, March 28, 2014

PD in a GIFfy

Earlier on this blog I wrote about GIFs, how you should pronounce them and why I love them. Recently, I saw an awesome new way to use a GIF for a PD or how-to website! On the Google Drive Blog, they are making full use of them to illustrate step-by-step point and click directions for new features. Check out this post and scroll down below the video.

Here's an example showing how I can edit the HTML in this very blog post.

VIDEO on Make A Gif

How did I do this? First, I screencasted my clicks with QuickTime (you can also do this with Jing if you're not a Mac user), then used MakeaGIF to turn the video into a GIF. What I like about this vs. embedding a video is that your audience doesn't have to stop reading the text to watch the video, they can skim the entire content of the post easily! I'm definitely going to start using this strategy on more of my training websites!


  1. I am definitely going to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jennie, you're incredible the way you break things down and help everyone keep up with the tech. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Excellent! I ran across this post and I will definitely put this to good use.

  4. Awesome idea to use GIFs for PD sites! I have the GIF Brewery App for Mac, does a great job, and can make slightly higher res GIFs than MakeAGif.com...