[thelist] Teaching: Book Recommendations

Russ russ at unrealisticexpectations.com
Sat Aug 20 11:55:49 CDT 2005

I've been asked to take on 4 courses this fall at the local Community
College.  I cannot complain; the pay is good, teachers get good
discounts and apparently a prime parking spot.

I know some of you have taught before, and I'm hoping to get some book
recommendations.  I've got a total of 4 8-week courses (2 sets of 2)
that break down like this:
Web Design with Macromedia 
Beginning Flash

Then, then next set of 8 weeks is:
Flash Animation
Flash Actionscript
To a degree, I think that I could get by with a single book for
Beginning Flash and Flash Animation.  Possibly even for Flash
Actionscript.  Then again, I've got 8 3-hour session with each.  I've
not had a chance to look at the "From The Source" books yet and all
things considered, sometimes find those a little advanced for the people
that I would be teaching.
And, just so I'm not coming here asking without doing any sort of
homework, some of the books on my list to consider are:
Beyond the Basics - Shane Rebenschied & Lynda
Essentials for Design: Flash MX 2004 Level One - Dwayne J. Ferguson
Actionscript: Training from the Source - Derek Franklin, Jobe Makar
Animation & Effects w/ Macromedia Flash MX 2004 - Jen Dehaan
Teach Yourself Visually Macromedia Flash MX 2004 - Marangraphics
(which, if I had to pay for a class with a book that was titled "teach
yourself", I'd probably be pissed).
I'm pretty wide open on my Web Design books and haven't even taken too
deep of a dive there yet.  It's also kind of cursory to me at the
moment, but if there are recommendations, I'd welcome them.

Thanks for helping out!

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