Hi Sue, you asked about how I made Around the World Now. I made the presentation in MS Powerpoint and then uploaded the ppt into slideshare. I am not very good at flash and would love to learn more about.
Wow, your art is fabulous. I started working with flash in my classrooms but found some students ran with it and others got lost. Think I need to upskill my Flash skills first. I tend to use Vegas Movie Studio and Moviemaker to make text movies or digital stories. My kids are working with http://www.xtranormal.com at the moment and they are loving that. You key in the text and it automatically talks. They can manipulate the backgrounds, figures etc. I use www.toondoo.com for cartoon making and www.wordle.net for text clouds.
With your love of Technology, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service. Here’s a public class recording conducted by Nellie Deutsch on Technology Integration.