Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Photos to relax with - Flash slow motion

Here are Linda Water's photos which I persuaded her to part with accompanied by music I chose!
Leave her a comment if you enjoyed them and we might get together and do some more !

A personal message concerning teaching with Flash

I asked permission to include this as Joan expresses the frustration many are feeling at this time.

"Thanks for the update and for all the work you are doing with the tutorials. It is much appreciated. I think Flash is one of the best programs around and I can't wait to get back to experimenting again. I have been really busy at school, so it has had to be put on the back burner for the time being. We have just had 'Anti Bullying Week' in school and it would have been great if the pupils could have used something like the 'Talking Heads' template to create an effective presentation. I have a lot of good ideas on how Flash could be used in the classroom, it is just finding the time to implement them. Our next whole school initiative is 'Healthy Eating Week' and it would be great if we could create a movie with moving and talking fruit and vegetables. Am I getting too carried away?

Kind regards

Art with Flash

As you see, I've been experimenting with what I call animated art!

It's great fun and very relaxing - next thing is to add suitable music.

Click the title for the flash file and go to my web site for guidance on how to do this yourself.

Sunday, 25 November 2007

Something to brighten up a winter's evening

Click the title to hear Mark Robinson's Jam Machine created many years ago when he was at Ambleside Primary School.

Geoff added the animation as a separate file.

Something for a Computer Club!

Thursday, 22 November 2007

Some new tutorials - walking figure

The walking figure in the link from the title was made by extending one that Chris Beedham did originally using the figure.fla file.

Those that know Flash will enjoy learning how to make a figure hurdle with a stick in one hand, even with his head bobbing up and down ! - here

Then after this amazing feat he walks up and follows a bendy path into the distance.

What may impress, is that as the sun goes behind the hill the landscape gets darker and so does he - here, this time .

Stuff to amuse you on a rainy day or entertain and challenge your brightest students.

I will sit back and be enthralled by what you will now show me that you can do.

Contact Geoff at: gd at tygh.co.uk if you're interested in using Flash with your students or would like to discuss possible projects.

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Breakthrough in video creation

Have found out with prompting from John that I can add a scrollbar at the base of the videos which then provides a lot more control. See the Christmas project!

This scroll bar is also in place on the videos that have been done see Talking heads and the walking figure

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Visit to Warrington

Had a great time sitting in on Chris Beedham's lesson.

It was great to watch someone else handling the project and being back in the classroom with enthusiastic children and teachers.

I loved the way she got the children to think about what they were seeing from the word go.

In 50 minutes we had a romp through the Christmas project which is covered on the tygh site together with tutorials and supplementary templates.

I'm getting very helpful feedback on whether these tutorials work and have already modified the first with the ability to skip forward. Please keep the comments coming.

The next thing I can do is improve the clarity by better quality jpeg settings which although increasing file size can be counteracted by zipping the files for download.
John has also offered me advice on how to better access the video with a controlling menu - great.Hope to add more sophisticating control buttons as well - using scripting that is out of my depth!

I've also done a tutorial for Talking Heads projects which I'm beating into shape and will tell you about when ready.

Flash Ideas for Christmas

I'm exploring the idea of making a Christmas cracker or present which will open with all the razzmatazz of the fireworks poem and from the inside will appear a Christmas message or poem. Any ideas for starting off?
Geoff Davies

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Wish me luck!

Hello Fellow Flashers!
I have my first lesson this Friday (16th Nov) and am intending to use Geoff's Circle_square template with 2 year 5 classes. I will let you know how I get on. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Some people won't blow their own trumpet

Some I'll do it for them!

Look what Emma did a while back - fed up waiting for her to brag about it!

So here goes!

Two songs for the severely disabled - the monkey and the frog!

What a voice! Fantastic drawings. What happened to Miss Mousey? Next verse please.

- Dying to see what she's up to now!

Cracking eggs has something to do with it!

Brilliant new project from Swansea

Geoff Davies has only access to two computers with Flash 4 running - very close to his classroom.

This is his second project working I think with year 3 and 4 - the idea:

Fireworks in Flash for Bonfire Night - with a poem - see the children's work in the title and here

This is the beauty of using Flash - the teachers can create their own projects to suit their class - starting from the square circle file and adding a space for a poem.

Previously Geoff 'Taffy' D prepared his first very own template for:
Exploration of Space - Mission Earth and Mission Mars

"Thought you'd like to see two examples of work from my class" he writes -

"Conversation between myself and Dylan, a Year 4 boy.

Dylan: My movie's running a bit too fast

Me: What can you do about that?

Dylan: I could always add some more frames


Idea for Blog - children's quotes/observations

Lastly - as I understand it - a talented year 4 student produced the phases of the moon himself - with a little help from teacher!

Brilliant - or have I said that before!

Saturday, 3 November 2007

Star wars

This is what big kids get up to when they're older - done with Flash 4.
Full of ideas of what can be done!

Good to show as a treat in the classroom - the whole series is there if you look.

Make a great sixth-form collaborative project!