Development of new resources might be able to keep pace with lessons being taught if you had some sort of rapid application development tool. Flash is good, if the above-mentioned tool works, but I also seem to remember Matlab showing off a tool that let you devlope interactive mathematical widgets - I think the output might have been Flash again, but it might be worth checking out. I don't suppose Matlab do a version for the iPad?
Flash has become the defacto tech for interactive learning content and until html5 catches up it seems you're screwed unless there's an app for what you want.
I am sure no one forced you to buy them, it's just that you probably had no choice because you are an apple trust and you don't want to loose that. But to be honest mate if you are not able to do what you want because of the iPad's then not much good to you.. and therefore the Apple Hardware has failed and you will either have to look for another solution and when asked you can turn around and say well Apple, If you can fix my problem then we will use iPad's if not the BYE!
But as others of said, on a serious note if you have no other option but to use iPad's then your pretty stuffed until Apple allow flash on there devices or/ as Plexer said until HTML5 catches up.
I would try what 'dhicks' has suggested though and speak with MyMaths they may have a way around it.. who knows! <doubtful> but at least you have tried all avenues.
P.S. I have Apple Items myself so this is nothing against Apple because I have there products, I just don't think you can ultimately said you HAD to use iPads.
I have tried the HTML5 output from Flash with some mixed results, heavy 3D stuff not outputting brilliantly but the majority of stuff was OK. To be honest I think the MyMaths Flash files would output fine but as I say they don't even seem to want to look down that avenue.
I will check the Matlab tools out to see if they can produce the goods for if we end up developing this ourselves.
I can't say I blame MyMaths to be honest. It's Apple's fault that they refuse to allow Flash to be available on the iPad. Apple are the ones depriving you of access to 90% of animated educational websites, no one else is to blame.
It's apple you need to be speaking to and asking them why they have purposefully castrated the iPad so that it does not work with the majority of large educational websites such as MyMaths......
It's either that or Jailbreak the whole lot as I've said. I woudn't worry too much about the whole "Apple Trust" thing. It doesn't sound like being an Apple Trust is patricularly useful in your case. When you put your case studies out about how you were forced to Jailbreak a thousand ipads in order to make them educaitonally fit for purpose it will be apple that look stupid, not you (i can see the REgister headlines now). You'll look like a hero that overcame Steve Jobs massive and counter productive ego in order to simply help your kids learn!
I can see Apple's point. Flash is unnecessary now, as 'standard' web technologies can do everything it did, and Flash uses far too much processing power and battery power.
Companies should be looking at creating a product that works on as many systems as possible - and the only way of doing that is using standards, not Flash.
Any company that currently has an entirely Flash based portfolio of products and isn't investing in replacing that with non-flash technologies is shooting themselves in the foot.
The point is - Apple are dictating to YOU what YOU use in YOUR school with YOUR device that YOU paid good money for. Thats not how it's supposed to work, that's not the best thing for Apples customers, and this thread is conctrete proof of that.
If Apple supported Flash, what about Silverlight? Java ME? Shockwave? etc...
Not to mention, people will still buy their products regardless of that lack of support. Me? I wouldn't buy an Apple phone or tablet, due to them not supporting the technology I want. But if you buy their product, knowing that support issue, and then complain that it doesn't support it, there is only one person to blame...
Sorry, I think I might have been thinking of Mathematica - I know I saw a demo of an output-to-Flash-widget at BETT a few years ago, I just can't remember exactly who from.I will check the Matlab tools out
This sounds like the kind of thing that would work as an open source project of some sort - split the curriculum up in to individual classes, provide nice interactive widgets for each one. I'd be surprised if there wasn't already at least a couple of tries at this, although I wouldn't be surpirised if they didn't get off the ground - as you've pointed out, there's a fair volume of work involved in providing for all classes, all years.
Framework-wise, this would seem to be the kind of thing a VLE should be perfect for - the VLE should, hopefully, provide the class membership data, user handling, teacher-assigns-pupil-a-task and results tracking stuff. You should be able to write standardised widgets that simply slot in to a VLE, ready to be re-used next year or by whoever you want to give/sell stuff too. I'm guessing checking out Moodle 2.0's features might be an idea if you haven't already - I don't know exactly how well they handle SCORM-based content and so on these days. SCORM creation packages might also be an idea as development packages, although again I don't know how far along most of those are.
The flash plugin on a Mac laptop is terrible. The CPU when watching a video on You Tube is around 90% use until you go stop the playback. Adobe have never released a single version on Flash that has been optimised on the mac platform. Only when Jobs said that Flash would not be supported on the i-devices has this started to slowly change. The last few versions have been better but still no where near the Windows version.
It is only when you have had to use Flash on the mac platform for a period of time can you really see how bad it is. The Plugin crashes often (less now though) and the battery drain on the laptops is bad. To have this sort of drain on a device that really requires a decent battery life to have any real use out in the wild would have a massive effect on how well it would sell IMO. I mean if you think about performance when browsing and battery life is shorter than it's rivals, who is going to choose it over the competitors?
But with Adobe releasing the flash to iOS converter, is this not an option for the developers?
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