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Flash at the Beach: Creating Mathlets with Adobe Flash

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Dates: June 11 - June 15, 2007

Location: University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

Abstract. Educators interested in developing interactive, web-based learning materials have an exciting and powerful tool in Adobe’s Flash Professional programming environment. Many websites use Flash applets to facilitate multimedia effects and user interactions. However, most books on Flash development are not written with educational applications in mind. This workshop, set just minutes from the beach in beautiful Rhode Island, will provide carefully prepared, face-to-face training for educators in the form of demonstrations, computer lab sessions, and supervised projects. Each participant will learn how to manage basic user interactions such as text input and output, mouse clicks, and dragging objects on the screen, and these interactions will be presented in the context of examples focused on calculus and discrete mathematics instruction.

Each participant will develop a learning object for an area of mathematics in which they have special interest, and these projects will be shared at the end of the week as both presentations and additional resources for all of the other participants. Workshop fees provide room and board on the campus of the University of Rhode Island, and each participant will receive a free copy of Flash Professional (a $250 value) so that development can continue after the workshop is over.

The PREP Workshop takes a break to visit Narragansett Beach.

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This workshop is partially sponsored by NSF DUE 0535327.

The site http://www.ship.edu/~deensl/ is maintained by Doug Ensley, who is solely responsible for its content.