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We have compiled a number of examples of flash activities that you can create yourself after taking our flash tutorials just visit our example page. Also, please download our handout if you wish to run your own Flash Club with students or mini-INSET with staff.

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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. No need to fret as will save the day!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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ready-made flash components, drag and drop into offers brilliant components which you can add to your website. We particulalry like their menus and interactive video tool. This website can really make your own sites come alive without spending too much.


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.

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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!

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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?

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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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Create the Perfect Presentation

learn flash, learn movie maker, powerpoint tutorials, ICT for teachers, adobe, Blogging, Wiki, mind-map, interactive diagrams, diagrams, students, thinking skillsReynolds book is, to put it simply, outstanding. There are several books that discuss the issues of presenting information in various ways, some of which do an excellent job for example Cliff Atkinson's Beyond Bullet Points, but Presentation Zen takes the reader to another level when it comes to understanding the nature of presenting one's message.

Reynolds summarises current literature on the topic and gets you thinking about why your key point(s) matter and how we can go about ensuring that the audience, in this case our students, are engaged, want to continue to listen or discuss and that they remember what your message is all about. Presenation Zen encourages the reader to become more creative and, something which we feel is essential, shows us as professionals how we can teach our students to become inspirational and thoughtful communicators.

When we deliver INSET or workshops we always use Garr Reynold's ideas and his theory behind a successful presentation.


Studs Terkel: Voices of Our Time

Voices of Our Time (CD collection) by Studs Terkel

When Studs Terkel passed away in October 2008 thousands mourned, yet most people around the world had never heard his name.  The most interesting thing about Terkel is the way he interviewed people and, perhaps most importantly, who he interviewed. The list of celebrities who are involved in this selection is quiet staggering, however, Terkelís Ďmagicí, in my humble opinion, is when he devoted his time to ordinary individuals whose life journeys revealed a lot about life of that time. This particular selection of interviews include Aaron Copland, Oliver Sacks, Margaret Mead, Daniel Ellsberg, Maya Angelou, Pete Seeger, John Kenneth Galbraith, and dozens of others.  This collection provide excerpts from 48 interviews, first broadcast on Terkelís daily show on WFMT, which all together, provide a fascinating portrait of the last half of 20th century.

Please visit to explore this fascinating individual in more detail and discover other books and listen/watch interviews conducted by Terkel.

Studs Terkel: Hope Dies Last

Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Difficult Times by Studs Terkel

This books is a master piece.

In this book Studs Terkel turns to a subject more elusive than those of his earlier oral histories (see, namely hope .  There are many very thoughful and though-provoking interviews which keeps you from putting the book down. My favourite interviewis when he talks to Brigader General Paul Tibbets, who piloted the Enola Gay over Hiroshima in 1945, when Tibbets dismisses the possibility for peaceful resolutions to the post-September 11 conflicts. It raises many interesting questions about the nature of warfare and violence.

Create Messages that Stick: Made to Stick

create lessons that stick, stick adobe, Blogging, Wiki, mind-map,thinking skills, cocnrete ideas, exam resultsWe both read Made to Sticka while back and became inspired by the Heath brother's idea about why some messages stick where others do not. They explain in an engaging and concrete way how you can construct messages so that they become memorable by following six key principles: Simple, Unexpected, Concrete, Credible, Emotion, Story. We loveMade to Stickand have used the six principles when designing our courses and deliver the learning. They work. In fact, we became so inspired by the Heath brothers' book that we wrote our own where we explain in great detail how we construct our GCSE and A-Level courses, the way we teach our courses, practical ideas on how to make assessment more engaging and making it matter to students

Exam Class Toolkit - how to create engaging lessons that ensure progression and results