Animated GIFs and Cinemagraphs
Mrs. Kushner's students have experimented with many applications for GIF Animations. Students use them to create a slideshow effect to display photos, stop motion shorts, and even a cinemagraph effect. We like the app gifboom to create GIF animations from pictures on the iPad. You can also export Flash files as GIF Animations so they play instantly on the web. Here are a few examples below.
This animation was created by 8th grader Adaora E. She used the Day of the Dead me app to create her skeleton image. Then she went into Photoshop and created 10 images-- starting with the original picture, then taking the skeleton image and saving it at different opacities in increments of 10%, so together the images would show her face gradually turning into the skeleton face.
These are photos taken by 6th grader Cristian H., edited in pixlr.com and animated in gifboom.
Taylor and Tiera created this animation in the style of a cinemagraph, where the background remains static and only a single object moves. More examples of cinemagraphs can be found here:
Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg's site
This is Colossal's feature on artist collective Rrrrrrrroll
Rrrrrrrroll's tumblr site
Here are some great apps to create Cinemagraphs on iPhone and Android:
This portrait was created by 7th grader Phoebe F. She created two images in Photoshop: one with an open eye, and one with a closed eye. She animated them using gifboom to create the winking effect.
This is an animated version of a Photoshop project that 7th grader John J. created. He took his original portrait and edited the color to create 10 different images that he looped using gifboom.