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Archive for February 23rd, 2009

Downloading flash from the internet to use in flipcharts

Posted by rosiemacalpine on February 23, 2009

Flash files are (usually) interactive animations that work particularly on interactive whiteboards. You have probably seen them in two places.

1. The internet. Below are some screenshot examples of flash animations.


2. In your IWB software . Below are three examples of flash animations included in the Promethean Activstudio resource library.


Did you know that you can download flash files from the internet to use them directly in your flipcharts? The advantages of downloading rather than linking to the web include:

  • Using the resources even when you don’t have access to the internet
  • Ability to resize the flash animations (so you can fit other resources on the page. For example, you might want to write on the board every random number shown to see if a pattern emerges)
  • Ability to annotate over the top of the animations
  • Keeping all your regularly used activities in one place
  • Use more than one animation on one page

I’ve found the best way of downloading flash files is to use Internet Explorer’s Temporary Internet Files folder (I haven’t yet found an easy way of doing this with Firefox.)

1. Navigate to the page with Internet Explorer.

2. Watch the animation.


3. Click on the Tools button or menu, and go to Internet Options.

4. Click the Settings button under Browsing History on the first tab. Then click View Files.


5. The animation you have just watched will be at or near the top of the list of files (it will end with .swf) . I find it easiest to drag it from this folder onto a flipchart page now.  (If you get a pop-up box, choose ‘add placeholder’).

6. Now you can watch it in your flipchart, and drag it into your resource library to save it.

I save a shortcut to this Temporary Internet Files folder on my desktop, so it’s easy to get to.

Remember this is the same as copying text or images from the internet, so check copyright.


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