Bird in the hand GIF eg. from Jason

Yesterday I was walking between meetings and happened upon a bird, about the size of small robin, that was mostly black and white, but had a striking red bib. Not recognizing it, I wanted to take picture to look it up later, so took out my phone, and slowly crept closer to get a clear shot. Thankfully it was quiet in the area and my presence did not alarm the creature. so I slowly stepped closer and took another shot. Stepped closer, another shot, closer, another shot, and with each step I was surprised the little guy did not fly off.  I managed to get within about 8-10 feet of the bird before a gust of wind came up and he decided he had had enough and took off. However, the series of photos I took , worked perfectly for the GIFBOOM app to accept from the “add from gallery” feature and I was able to create the GIF below.

To follow up on this and make it an actual “Educational Resource” I feel I would really need to identify this bird, post some links to wikipedia, and maybe ask students to explore it further or send them on another activity. But perhaps you can help out with the first part!. Is the GIF along with my text description enough to give you a lead to identify? ANy thoughts on how the media looks? or what it add to my story?

Regardless I will use my bird book at home and Identify it and post the results here.

You will also notice I have embedded a Creative Commons license within this post, (just below)  This is kind of an unnecessary step here since the site itself is available as an open resource so all content fits under our site license, but it may be a way for you to choose different permissions for your post. Also, its the final step when sharing any OER so should be a part of the assignment.
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Bird in the hand GIF by @draggin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Give and take with GIF’s

When considering Open Education Resources you should be aware of the some of the broader contexts in which they are related.

Fair dealing: short excerpts are now ok to use in a controlled environment for educational purposes. Education covers us for the “dealing” part. “Fair” refers to a limited amount and only using that amount. Short excerpts and only providing that excerpt alone. For example you can use a poem from a book providing you only give access to the poem and not the entire book.

SFU’s new copy right office:

OER’s: Open Educational Resources are freely available objects that have explicit licensing on them which are available through searchable online databases like:

(OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, educational, assessment and research purposes. Although some people consider the use of an open format to be an essential characteristic of OER, this is not a universally acknowledged requirement. wikipedia

Make an OER today!

Animated GIFs have been around as long as the internet itself. It was one of the first native image formats on the web, and was the format for some of the earliest internet art. Today , GIFs are seeing a resurgence in popularity, and making them has never been easier.

In an educational context, there are endless possibilities to using this format, but some popular ways are.

To demonstrate a series of steps, like the proper way to hold and wield a kitchen blade.


To show details of scientific or medical data such as light refraction.


To animate graphs and charts



Or just to tell a story.


Use your time in class to install GIFBOOM APP in