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Flash: the Basics
Adobe Flash for Educators: The Basics
Discover how Flash is now used by students to develop animations and to present classroom research and projects. Flash is becoming a popular choice in primary schools as well as secondary schools. The basics of Adobe's Flash will be covered such as, time line, tweening, objects, symbols, layers, sound, and much more. Each participant should be proficient in the general operation of a computer such as mouse clicks, file navigation, and basic software knowledge. A basic understanding of web design would be helpful. This is not for the novice computer user.

Flash: the Basics

  1. Reference links
    1. Buddy2 – http://www.buddyproject.org
    2. Buddy Teaching and Learning Center – http://www.btlc.org
    3. The Writing Site - http://thewritingsite.org/
  2. What do you already know? What are your expectations?
  3. Explore how students and teachers have used Flash as a productivity tool
    1. Explore examples of students using Flash as a productivity tool:
      1. a site created by a second grader: go there now...
      2. several examples of students using flash: go there now...
      3. middle school examples of student work: go there now...
      4. elementary example of a history project: go there now...
      5. high school student examples: go there now...
    2. Explore examples of teachers and schools using Flash as a productivity tool:
      1. displays an introduction for teaching searching strategies: go there now...
      2. displays classroom projects: go there now...
      3. creates an interactive map of the district's resource: go there now...
      4. banner on a teacher's web site: go there now...
      5. a school web site example: go there now...
      6. an example of an ESL/EFL teacher using flash: go there now...
      7. this is a kindergarten teacher's use of flash: go there now...
      8. visit this teacher's section on flash projects: go there now...
      9. select the titles that are followed by (F) to see an ESL/EFL teacher using Flash to produce quizzes: go there now...
    3. Explore third party sites using Flash as a resource tool for teachers and students
      1. scroll to the bottom of the page and select to view the Flash versions: go there now...
      2. here is an example of teaching music: go there now...
      3. visual and auditory phonetic displays of English & Spanish: go there now...
      4. an interactive history web site by PBS: go there now...
      5. an interactive site on the human body: go there now...
      6. audio animated stories for the elementary student: go there now...
      7. resource website for PreK-6th grade: go there now...
      8. an example of math problem solving: go there now...
      9. an online story book with music and animation: go there now...
      10. read-write-think uses flash for K-12 student interactive work: go there now...
      11. visit the two columns title "on-line story" and "on-line activity" for pre-school examples: go there now...
  4. Knowing your working environment
  5. Workshop Activities: buttons - Visit the ONLINE handout for this workshop
  6. Workshop Activities: using your working environment
    1. Activity one: Getting Started with the Welcome Screen
    2. Activity two: Understanding the Working Environment
  7. Drawing Basics
    1. Activity three: Exploring the Tools Panel
    2. Activity four: Exploring the Pencil and Line Tool
    3. Activity five: Exploring the Cap Ends on a Line
    4. Activity six: Exploring the Pen Tool (open activity06.fla)
    5. Activity seven: Exploring the Shape Drawing Tools (open activity07.fla)
    6. Activity eight: Manipulating Lines and Fills (open activity08.fla)
    7. Activity nine: Using the Paint Brush and Eraser (open activity09.fla and activity09B.fla)
    8. Activity ten: Using Grouping (open activity10.fla)
  8. Color Basics
    1. Activity eleven: Using the Color Mixer (open activity11.fla)
    2. Activity twelve: Using the Gradient Transform Tool (open activity12.fla)
    3. Activity thirteen: Color Swatches (open activity13.fla)
  9. Animation Basics
    1. Activity fourteen A: Exploring the Timeline (create a new file)
    2. Activity fourteen B: Modifying Shape & Position Using the Properties Panel
    3. Activity fifteen: Using the Library
    4. Activity sixteen A-B-C: Creating a Motion Tween
    5. Activity sixteen D: Working with Text (creating your banner)
    6. Activity sixteen E-F: Creating a Shape Tween (drawing a line)
    7. Activity sixteen G-H: Blurring Text with Motion Tween (sub-title banner)
    8. Activity sixteen I-J-K: Shape Tween with Two Objects
    9. Activity sixteen L-M: Adding Action Script (stop)

Suggested Bibliography

Yeung, R. Macromedia Flash MX 2004: Hands-on training.
Peachpit press: Indianapolis, IN, 2004.
Resource websites:
  1. Flash Kit
  2. Flash Loaded
  3. Games in a Flash
  4. Case Study for Schools using Flash and DreamWeaver
  5. PDF: Creating Projects: Learning and Serving through Project