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Embedding a SWF File in a blog entry

In order to embed a SWF file as you see in the demonstration below several steps are required, and a copy of Dreamweaver. (Any version)

  1. Start by saving the SWF files to your local hard drive in a convenient location.
  2. Open Dreamweaver and create a blank HTML page. Save to any location. (Ignore any prompts concerning defined sites.)
  3. Using Dreamweaver insert the SWF into a blank page. This will create a relative link to the file.
  4. Open the page in Code view and look for the TWO instances of the SWF file name that are found in the code block. They will look something like this depending on the version of Dreamweaver you are using:
    1. “”<param name=”movie” value=”file:///Macintosh HD/Users/kim/Documents/Adobe/Flash Pro CS5/Spring/Spring_finished.swf” />””
    2. “”<object type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” data=”file:///Macintosh HD/Users/kim/Documents/Adobe/Flash Pro CS5/Spring/Spring_finished.swf” width=”476″ height=”320”>””
  5. Open your blog and go to the Media Library section of the menu on the left and click Add New.
  6. Browse to and upload the SWF file.
  7. Note the path to the SWF file displayed in the library. It will appear like this: “”””
  8. Copy the embed code from your Dreamweaver page. Be sure to get everything from the opening to the closing “object” tags.
  9. Create your new posting in your blog and click on the HTML tab to go to code view.
  10. Paste in the code block.
  11. Replace the absolute path to the SWF file in the two locations of the code block with the URL created in the Media Library.
  12. Add additional content to your posting if desired and Publish.

The steps sound pretty complicated but in essence you are doing four things:

  • Generating an embed code in a blank Dreamweaver page
  • Uploading the SWF file to your Media Library
  • Pasting Dreamweaver’s code into a new blog posting
  • Replacing the path to the SWF file to point to the file in your library.

The little demonstration below shows the SWF file in place and will replay if you reload this page.

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

We’ve had a lot of ongoing conversations about the Palm Beach Technology Conference held this past Friday and it’s great that so much of that is happening via Twitter. In the widget below you’ll see results of a search done for our “official” hashtag from the Tech Conference: #pbtechconf. You can keep the conversation going by using that tag when you post and your posting will be added here. Fun!

What are people ordering for their Lunch at this year’s Technology Conference? Follow their selections and see how Google Spreadsheets can import data in the interactive charts below:

If you haven’t completed the survey yourself it’s not to late! Visit this quick and easy form to make your selection.

As the new year begins we are very happy to announce that netTrekker is offering FREE Training Webinars!

We would recommend one or more of these 30 minute sessions to any SDPBC educator interested in learning more about the latest features available in netTrekker

Visit the netTrekker support page for details and a full schedule for January and February

I think that we’d all agree that sometimes it’s time to get back to the basics.  When your students are challenged to learn a set of facts,  repetition and simplicity can do the trick.  Whether it is learning State Capitals, mathmatical properties, or the scientific names of insects,  I have found nothing more practical than a great set of flash cards….THAT’S RIGHT… FLASH CARDS!!!

Here’s a resource that you might find benficial to use to find or create just the right set for your students, AND SHARE THEM ON EDLINE!!

Simply supply your students with the link to your favorite set of flashcards, or build a page that will allow for embedded online practice right in Edline!

I hope that you’ll find some value in  this tool, and agree that this simple way to provide some quick interactive practice and reinforcement for your students is something you can all do!  Good Luck!

 Bio Final flashcards from bluechick676 on FlashcardDB.





He makes a decision... his own choice

John Shoemaker set up a Shelfari book club with all the books from one of my previous blogposts.

I know it took a lot of time to set up (so, a BIG thank you to John) but it won’t take a lot of time for YOU to join and participate in the discussions. If you’re interested, just join Shelfari (free), and join our group. It will be a great activity to do for the summer that can carry well into the school year.

You’ll see that Shelfari allows you to add books to your own shelf, and track whether you’ve read them, are reading them currently or plan to read them. You can rate them, mark them as favorites, comment and recommend for others. You can also add friends and send messages to each other as well as view the most popular books being read and recommendations for you.

I’ve already started my first book, Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire, by Rafe Esquith fwhich will be followed by  The Herb Kohl Reader by Herbert Kohl. For those of you who are interested in joining us on Shelfari, but aren’t quite sure what it’s all about, here are two recent segments from PalmBreezeCAFE where I show Kim Cavanaugh how to use Shelfari.

Shelfari Part I

Shelfari Part II

The nice thing about the Shelfari group is that there is a discussion set up for each book on the original list, so you can not only jump in on any discussion on any book, but you can throw in your own book and add your own discussions!

Why would you want to reinvent the wheel when you can access resources already created by teachers like you? With Discovery MediaShare, you can find all types of resources (lesson plans, videos, spreadsheets, tutorials, podcasts, images, and more) by searching by keywords, file type, subject, grade level, even standards! Best of all you can share your resources too! Teachers in our district already have accounts. Watch this 10 minute segment to learn all you need to know about sharing resources on DE MediaShare.

Jordan D.



3rd grader, Jordan D. attended work with her father on Take Your Child to Work Day. Since part of Dad’s job is blogging on behalf of our team, we asked Jordan and her sister to write their own blogposts. This is Jordan’s first blogpost ever. We hope to see many more from here on.

Today I went to work with my father. Today we fixed a computer. My sister came with us. We had so much fun. We went to lunch with my mother. We came back. My father had to help Mark and friends put boxes in a truck. Me and Kaleigh got stuck in an elevator. We came back up and we found our father looking for us. The End.

Kaleigh D.Today is take your kid work day and I am at work with my dad.  He works at the School District Office in the Educational Technology Department.

So while I am here I am going to blog about Brainpop. Brainpop is an informational website.

This website has two characters–one is a guy named Tim the other is a robot named Moby. They are the ones that teach you the information.

Brainpop can help you to study for a test.  Brainpop has all kinds of ways to study.  They have videos, games with information in them.  It has quizzes that help a lot too.

I think Tim and Moby make things easy to understand.  But some times Moby’s beeps are hard to make out.  You can learn about Science, Math, Art, Music, Social Studies, English, Health, and Technology.  You can basically type in anything you want to search for and it will give you a list of videos and resources about your topic.

Brainpop is good for grades 4th and up.  There is another website called Brainpop Jr.  That website is for grades 1st and up to 3rd grade.

I wish all my classes had me go on Brainpop all the time.  When a big test comes around now you know where to go.

I’m a serious softball player so I liked this picture of Moby talking about baseball. But they really should have a movie about girls playing softball, don’t you think? After all, girls rule!

Moby from BrainPOP

Be a part of something huge! Unite with students and schools from around the world to set a new world record! The challenge is to correctly answer more than 182,445,169 questions in 48 hours. Students play against each other in mental arithmetic games. Students are captivated by the fact that they are playing in real time. Each game lasts for 60 seconds, and students can play as many games as they wish. The questions are appropriately leveled for different ages and abilities.

Watch Jamie explain how it all works on this segment from PalmBreezeCAFE:

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