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Animation: GIFs & Sprite Sheets

  • For students in grades 5-6
  • Course Description: Graphics Interchange Formats (GIFs) are all around us in social media and elsewhere on the web. Along with sprite sheets, animated GIFs are a way of storing images for animation in a variety of applications, including web page animations that use CSS, HTML or Flash, and game development environments like Unity, MonoGame and the PlayStation Suite. Students work with different tools for creating or repurposing sprite sheets, animated GIFs and other images and use them to create animated stories in a Java programming environment.
  • Course Dates: June 11, 2016 - June 12, 2016 09:00 AM - 02:30 PM
  • Location: Evanston, IL
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Welcome to the Course!

I'm looking forward to showing you some fun and interesting techniques for working with images in general and animated GIFs in particular. On our first day, our focus will be on understanding enough about Java and PNG images to prepare for later work with animated GIFs.

Before we begin, please fill out this survey to share a little about your background.

At the end of the day, you'll have a chance to fill out an exit slip. We'll go over the exit slip questions in the morning.

You can download Greenfoot for free from the Greenfoot site. There are versions available Windows, Mac, and Linux

You might also want to check out Piskel, an online app for creating animated GIFs.

The Joy of Code Videos show you how to use Greenfoot to build games. The series includes instructions on downloading and installing Greenfoot, too!