Firstly we go to the text tools and add a title to the page. We’ll then go to the multimedia bank and click on ‘My Files’ to browse a world map we want. We'll add this to the page, lock the aspect ratio, position, and return to the multimedia bank to search for a suitable image of a ship. When we have resized this image, we'll put it to the side, and we're ready to create the animation.

We need to create a route for the ship to follow, so we go to the drawing tools and selecting the red pen from the pen tools, we can draw the route onto the page.

Selecting the object we want to apply the animation to, we go to the special effects menu, and from the animation drop down we select ‘Follow a line’.

A pop-up box appears with animation options, and we will select the slowest animation speed, animate on click, and no repeat. We'll place the picker on the line, and click OK.

We now delete the line, go to Play mode and click on the ship to see it in action. When it has finished its route, we can click on it again to re-start the animation. At any point we can click on the ship to stop it. We'll save our activity now for use in the classroom.

Article Id: 21955 | Date published: 27/8/2012
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