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Swim with the Fishes: Creating Animated Aquariums 

Project URL:
http://teachers.ithsnyc.org/
landerson/acquarium/homepage.htm
 

How it works:
This is a Flash unit with lessons in creating a background scene, drawing fish, and animating them. It is a multi-lesson unit with step-by-step instructions. First, students create a scene for the fish to swim about in. Next, students create a fish using various software tools of their choice. Finally, students "tween," or animate, the fish across the screen.

Standards addressed:  
Students understand the nature of technological and multimedia design, identify a pattern to understand new technological content and develop more efficient solution methods or problem extensions, take initiative when needed, and contribute to the development of a supportive climate in groups.

Materials used: 
A computer--Macintosh or PC--is needed along with an Internet connection, and Macromedia Flash (any version) software. If you don't have Flash, you can download a free 30-day trial at www.macromedia.com. An LCD projector can also be used.

The students:
Just about any student can attempt this project. The final product will depend on the student's age and computer savvy.

Overall value:
Students are highly motivated to create this unit and they willingly listen and participate. They like being challenged and learning more about computers.

Tips: 
While students enjoy their work, they can become impatient and it can be difficult for the teacher to assist them. Walk around the room in an orderly path and assure the students that you will get to all of them. You may also want to demonstrate the steps by using an LCD projector. Enlist a student who is familiar with the program to assist others. Don't be afraid to have students surpass you in their understanding, and allow them to share their knowledge with you and others.

About the teacher:
Laura Anderson has been teaching math and computer technology for 20 years. Currently she works in an alternative school in the New York City public school system and teaches Web Design, Oracle Internet Academy, and Mathematics.

E-mail:
LauraJaneAnders@aol.com

Subject Areas: 
Mathematics
Technology

Grade Levels: 
4-12

 

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