TechnoKids Releases TechnoFlash

Are you teaching an animation course using Macromedia Flash? TechnoKids Inc. has just published instructional materials that will make your life easier. TechnoKids Inc. has just released TechnoFlash. This project is a great way to introduce animation to your middle or high school students.

NOTE: This animation project has been a favorite for many years. Students love it! You can get updated instructions and activities for Animate CC in the project, TechnoAnimate.

The new TechnoFlash project has everything you need to teach an introductory course for computer animation. When you order TechnoFlash, you will receive a teacher guide, student workbook, review questions, skill reviews, extension activities, sample movies, and other helpful resource files.

The TechnoFlash project integrates animation skills into a meaningful task. Students learn how to use Macromedia Flash to animate the story Out of this World, which tells the tale of an alien that travels to another planet in search of adventure. To begin they experiment with the drawing tools. They then apply this knowledge to create scenes for the story using static, frame by frame, motion tweening, shape tweening, and motion paths. To make the story more interesting, sound effects are then added to the production. Upon completion, the story is exported as a movie file.

Once students have mastered the basics of animation, they then apply their knowledge to produce their own Flash movie. To start they select an idea from a list of suggestions. The movie can be an animated scene, short story, or electronic greeting card. Once students have made a decision, they use the Flash program to create the production, using the hints and tips provided as a guide. When the movie is complete, it is reviewed using a checklist, and problem areas are corrected. Once the movie is free from errors, it is exported as a movie file, and shared with others.

TechnoFlash is recommended for students in grades 9-12.

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Hella Comat, Curriculum Writer - Hella Comat is a dedicated professional, who has taught in the education system for more than 30 years. As a pioneer of technology integration in Ontario public schools she was one of the first teachers to introduce the internet, video conferencing, web design, and multimedia learning activities to teachers and students in the Halton Board. To inspire teachers to use technology, she has led sessions for the Touch Technology program, ran workshops at education conferences, and sat on numerous advisory committees related to technology-issues. In recent years she taught the Computer in the Classroom course, at York University. Her lifelong commitment to teaching and learning was acknowledged when she was honored as the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics. Hella's contribution to the blog includes entries about the importance of technology integration. Drawing from her in-depth knowledge of technology in the classroom Hella writes about teaching strategies and useful resources that can benefit your practice. In addition, she provides innovative lesson ideas that you can implement into your own curriculum.

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