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Using FLASH in Multimedia Language Lessons


Flash: What the heck is it?


-           integrated, multimedia web-development program


-           requires a Flash Player to view, downloadable separately for free


-           all web browsers now have built-in Flash capability


-           by the makers of DreamWeaver


Some good examples of web sites that use Flash:



Examples of sites that overuse interactive features:




My web-based reading lesson: The Missing Cats


follow the link to the missing cats!


          Web lesson revolves around an entire lesson based on reading strategies


          Easily accessible to people all over the world with modern computers- no need to download


          More interactive than paper-and-pen


          Ease of glossing


          Answers easily submitted by email


          Student and teacher sections




          Some construction problems throughout lesson- technical difficulties


          Students cannot go backwards within the lesson



Advantages of using Flash:


          Fully integrated program- no external drivers/ windows


          More interactive possibilities than DreamWeaver or other web design software


          Highly compressed- easily downloadable


          Seamless, fluid web production


Disadvantages of using Flash:


          Must learn how to use Flash program- comes with built-in tutorial


          Time consuming to build Flash movies- best suited to whole lessons instead of individual assignments


          Must have Flash player installed on computer to view Flash movies- available for free on the internet


          Must purchase Flash program- free 30 day trial copy available from Macromedia (1 per ISBN)




This technology represents the future direction of the Internet and consequently web-based instructional materials. It is important that teachers at least realize the existence of this technology and its potential use as a teaching and learning tool in and out of classrooms.



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