Archive for November, 2009


November 30, 2009

Today, after I check your completed Flash lessons, you should start on Photoshop Classroom in a Book.

Finish Lesson 1-3 this week.

In Lesson 1, you only have to read until page 17, then do the lesson up to page 38.


Flash Grade

November 17, 2009

I will check the lessons you have finished in Flash on Friday, 11/20.

I will take a Flash movie (file format “swf”) as a finished product for each lesson.

To do this, all you have to do is take the file when you are finished and export it as a movie (in the File menu). They must be saved into a folder called “Flash Final Product” on your H drive to get credit.

Your grade will be determined by how many lessons you have finished and are in the folder.

If you have lessons 1-3 completed, you will receive a 70.

If you have lessons 1-4 completed, you will receive an 80.

If you have lessons 1-5 completed, you will receive a 90.

If you have lessons 1-6 completed, you will receive a 100.

You will only receive credit for the lessons which are exported as a movie and saved according to the instructions above.

Flash Quiz!

November 13, 2009

Take the quiz before the end of class today.

It is located here:

S:\shared\students\Bjerke\CApps\Flash Quiz

Open the file that is called Flash.htm with your browser.


If you submit your quiz more than once, you will receive the lowest grade submitted.

Flash thru 6

November 11, 2009

You have until Friday, 11/20 to finish the six lessons in Flash that we will be working on. If you finish all six by next Friday, you get a 100  for the first two of this six weeks.

Can We?

November 10, 2009

Let’s see if we can finish Lesson 2 in flash today.

Today We Begin Flash

November 4, 2009

Begin with Chapter 1.

Chapter 2 is due on Friday.



Create a new folder on your H drive called “Flash” and save all of your work there.

Tell a Story

November 3, 2009

Now that you have played with Pivot, try telling a short story.

Write three sentences in your blog that tell a very simple, very short story. Then create an animation that tells the story. Then write about how you showed what happened with your animation.

For example,


John ran up to a horse. John hopped onto the horse. John rode away.

See? A short, simple story.

Then write in your blog how you showed what happened.


John walks from left to right. John hops magically onto the horse. They ride off to the right.

This is due at the end of class tomorrow, Wednesday.

Pivot Animation

November 2, 2009


Today you are going to play with basic animation.

We will use Pivot Stickfigure Animator to start off.

The important concept that you need to understand is “incremental movement.” An increment is like a small step – kind of like a millimeter is a part of a centimeter. If you move the figure in the animator one small bit at a time, part of a step, then part of another step, and add a frame with the “Next Frame” button as you move each time, then when you play the animation, eventually the little movements add up to a big movement and you see a steady flow of movement rather than little jerks.

Today you should start out just trying to make your figure walk. Start with little partial steps, and then frame by frame add them together to make big steps.

Try creating your own after reading the rest of this.

In your blog today, define the term “incremental movement” and write a short post about how it goes when you start to make your figure walk.

Look at the example (located here:  S:\shared\students\Bjerke\CApps\Animation ) and see how it moves. It’s pretty jerky, but that’s to show you how it moves little by little. When you speed it up more, it looks better. If you paste that path into your browser in a new tab, then open the file with Firefox.

Be sure to save your work to your H drive.

Tomorrow we will start a short story with animation.