Flash is obsolete.
Just a quick question to see what others are doing as we're about to start teaching Flash to our GCSE kids.
Obviously, Flash isn't obsolete just yet, but with people increasingly using tablets/smartphones to connect to the internet, there'll be a time in the near future when Flash will be useless to the majority.
Would you start with Flash now or look at something else? By the time these kids get to employment age, Flash might be already gone...
What do you think?
Flash is obsolete.
Is there a specific reason for teaching flash/html5? As in why not go with something that will still be around. End of day HTML5 is like as likely to get replaced before they get to a job age, if it's ever actually taken as a "proper standard".
As with all of these things are school, isn't it more to bring them into programming/coding etc, rather than actually teaching them a specific language.
Flash animation is and always has been pointless to teach in a school. Its far too specific.
Programming should then move into proper languages.
Moved to Blue Skies forum.
Ultimately what is the purpose of teaching animation? That will define the method by which it is taught. Animation for the web: teach use of canvas via HTML/CSS/JS. Animation for media purposes, then something along the lines of Blender... ( after all if Yr6 kids can use it, then KS3+ definitely should be able to - see: Blender )
For an example of where canvas has gotten to in the very short time since it became widely supported, see http://www.canvasdemos.com/type/games/
Last edited by Marci; 4th December 2012 at 04:03 PM.
Have a read of this from Adobe's product manager... Clarifications on Flash Player for Mobile Browsers, the Flash Platform, and the Future of Flash at Mike Chambers
Even Adobe themselves acknowledge the fact, reinforced by their release of CreateJS plugins to allow Flash CS6 Pro designers to migrate everything over to JS and HTML5.
I'm no Luddite, I accept that Flash is going, but other than the fact iPads don't run it, I'm not sure why its disappearing. We have Samsung Galaxy Tabs in school and it runs fine on these low power devices. Plus every page I've seen listing examples of what HTML5 can do, only shows off animation. I've yet to see any competition for Flash's interactive stuff. Over the years I've built dozens of quizzes, games, adjustable graphs etc... And no one is talking about how to do that stuff.
Does anyone have an example of a quiz built in HTML5? Self marking drag and drop?
However, creating a quiz is not difficult. A drag and drop self marking one wouldn't be any different really.
In answer to the original question... is Flash obsolete? I have to say maybe.
Should Flash be used as part of the curriculum?
If it's a tool that gets young people coding then I have no issues. The original Basic that was just about in existence when I left school would be just as useful in getting youngsters to see the possibilities of IT beyond software they buy pre-packaged.
It's the ready-meal argument. If all kids eat is something that comes in a packet that goes in the microwave, they never develop a curiosity about food and its possibilities. If they prepare stuff from scratch they learn to innovate and take risk and ... maybe they become the next Michelin starred chef. You could argue that Lego is old-technology and should be obsolete.
Flash, Basic and other programming tools are still relevant if they encourage innovation.
Last edited by S.C.; 7th December 2012 at 11:25 PM. Reason: Fixed autocorrect
Throw them in at the deep end, teach 'em C++!
In all seriousness I have no idea why they teach flash animation at all, I can understand HTML etc, but a lot of the time the teachers are learning the language as they go along with no extra curricular experience of the language. I would say keep things simple at GCSE or EWOK or whatever or you will lose 90% of the class!! Start to specialize into java (or any particular managed code) or C type languages at A level.
(Personally I would love to have started learning coding at school, but I, like many others here, am a nerd.)
Here are some examples of HTML5 sites:
The Rational Keyboard
The Beast by Laura Marling
Webcam Toy - Take photos online with over 70 fun camera effects
Picozu Editor - sharing creativity
Cell Cycle - WebGL design app - create organic designs for 3d printing
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