Educational Websites That Use Flash

Four years ago, with the ongoing advent of HTML5 and the non-Flash support of iPads, many people declared that “Flash is dead.”  However, anybody who has been paying attention will realize by now that such a statement is easier said than done: Flash, Java, and similar technologies were used for more than 20 years of rich internet application development — especially in the world of educational websites.  While that has started to change, many (if not most) of those educational resources still have not changed to cross-platform supported technologies such as HTML5.  So, in short, it is still important for a paperless device to be able to access all sorts of educational websites — including those that use Flash (and preferably even supporting other plug-ins like Unity, Java, Shockwave, and more.)  Chromebooks can access most educational websites, including Flash. Windows and Mac can access even more, including Java, Shockwave, Silverlight, Unity etc.  But iPads and Androids are much more limited; neither can access Java, Shockwave, or other plug-ins, and Android devices can only access Flash by going through some special setup routines.

Currently, Flash is used on about 15% of websites — so this is lower than the 25% that required Flash four years ago.  However, the percentage of educational websites that require Flash is much higher. Here’s a list of some examples…

Textbook-Publisher Curriculum Resources

Other Educational Resources That Use Flash
(just a few examples — there are many, many more!)

And these are just the tip of the iceberg…

As you can see, even in 2014 students are missing out on many resources and opportunities if they are unable to access educational resources (including Flash) online — and all of the above can be used for free, without installing any apps.

Some people believe you can get around this problem by simply using a “Flash app” for iPad (or Android) — these are actually cloud browsers, and are not great to use for a variety of reasons. For one, they are more laggy and not as smooth of an experience as simply using Flash would be. The bigger problem is that these cloud browsers — including iSwifter, Rover, Puffin, Photon, CloudBrowse, and others — are actually streaming video to your device, which requires a ton of bandwidth so they can cause serious problems if used on multiple devices sharing an internet connection, which is the case at schools:



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