How to use Adobe Flash to create engaging learning resources

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Please download our handout if you wish to run your own Flash Club with students or mini-INSET with staff.

Introduction: How to embed Adobe Flash in PowerPoint

Embedding Adobe Flash in PowerPoint is not as straigh forrward as some people think as it requires you to edit the Visual Basic settings.

The Flash Website

Part 1 :Creating a website – buttons

Websites are generally best created with HTML not Flash, but by developing your own Flash site you will come across many of the tools and features of the software. This tutorial shows you how to construct interactive buttons are widely used in flash applications.

Part 2 : Creating a website – navigation

By using the buttons you created in the last tutorial you will now learn how to develop content and show Flash where to go! This is the core of the website.

Part 3 :Creating a website – trace it!

If you lack the skills of a graphic designer this tutorial is perfect for you. Imagine being able to draw and design just like the professionals! By carefully tracing images, modifying them along the way, you can produce astonishing graphics personalised for your website or activity.

The Interactive Diagram

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Interactive Diagram Part I: The Diagram

This tutorial shows you how to set up the layout of the actual diagram. It will also teach you to create graphics and other specific features of Flash.

Interactive Diagram Part II: Make it work!

This is the final part of creating interactive diagrams. After you have completed the tutorial you will be able to create a variety of different diagrams – imagination is everything!

Interactive Diagram Part III: Create a ‘Show Answer’ button

You can modify the diagram to work even better by for example including a Show Answer/Example button. This feature is kind of like the Hint button you created in Part II, but this one only appears when students hover their cursor over the button. Excellent way to show an ‘ideal answer’. Can you think of other ways of using this script?

Create your own Drag & Drop activity : The Basics

Drag and Drop tasks are fairly simple to create but can become powerful teaching aids if planned carefully. Thinking Skills Mysteries, matching tasks as well as more complex teaching ideas can easily be produced using this Adobe Flash tutorial.

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