An easy trick for putting Animated GIFs in your next course

Hi <<First Name>>!

Can you feel the mood in your city improving? We've had beautiful weather in Louisville this past week and I've seen a lot more people smiling. I hope that's true in your community, too. 

This week I'm trying to bring a little fun with a technique I use to add engagement with a course. If you've got PowerPoint, Rise, and a tool like Camtasia that can make an animated gif, then here's an approach you can use to sprinkle "talking" characters into your course.  And the best part is it only takes a few minutes.  
This week I didn't do a green screen video this week.
Instead I used that time to make two videos.

There's a short introduction to this technique and there's a second longer video where I show how I actually did it. Enjoy! 
Get a quick overview of this technique.
See how I did it. 

5 Principles for Active Learning

I always advocate for a mix of passive learning (telling) and active learning (doing). To me, that's the real blend in blended learning. 

Thanks to Mike Taylor's great newsletter, I stumbled across this summary of 5 Active Learning Principles from Stephen M. Kosslyn.

Why Active Learning Works 
Day by day we're turning the page on the stress of the pandemic.
Better days are ahead! Stay strong!

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