Some of the best interactives for the classroom are flash files. Sure you can link to them, but what if the website is blocked by your district level security programs? A quick search returned a few simple steps that will allow me to download virtually any flash file onto my hard drive or jump drive.
What's more, after saving these files in a folder I titled "SWF downloads", I can now insert the file directly into my SMART Notebook files for use with my students.
Boy am I going to be busy. So, for others who are drooling over the possibilities, here are the directions.
For Firefox user
1) Click on Tools - Page Info
2). Then, click the Media Tab on the Page Info Windows
3). The media tab will have complete list of Images, CSS Files and Shockwave Flash files that were downloaded by the Firefox browser while loading the page of the website.
4). Scroll down the list and locate the .swf file.
5). Click the “Save As” button. Choose some folder on your hard drive and save the file.
For Internet Explorer user
1) Firstly, click Tools - Internet Options
2) In the General Tab, click the Settings button available in the Temporary Internet Files group.
3) Click View Files to open your Temporary Internet Files folder.
4) Click View - Details. Now click View - Arrange Icons By - Internet Address. Depending upon the webpage, there could one or more Flash files (Shockwave Flash Object) under the Internet Address.
5) Once you find the right flash file, right-click and choose Copy. Then paste the .swf file in any other folder,such as My Document.
Note: Those methods above only function if your internet browser’s cache file has not been cleared yet. Make sure that you did not close the internet browser before you save the flash file.