When I started teaching, I always put plenty of pictures into my PPTs to keep things visually interesting and to help the students grasp the concepts/meanings of new language more easily. And that works really well.
But… there’s something even better than still images: moving images. Also known as GIFs.
In recent weeks I’ve been using GIFs more and more because the kids get a huge kick out of them. They frequently laugh out loud, which I love. As long as I’m careful to choose appropriate ones (e.g. if I want a dancing GIF, no scantily clad women or pelvic thrusting) and ones that won’t distract too much from what I’m actually trying to teach, they’re a lot of fun to use.
Here are some of the ones I’ve used recently that have been popular with my kids.
And that’s just a small sampling! Yes, it does add another chunk of time to my lesson planning as I search for the perfect GIF, but it’s fun and it’s worth it.