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Online Learning and the Death of Flash

 
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Online Learning and the Death of Flash
by Karol Kam - Tuesday, 11 February 2020, 9:58 AM
 

Good afternoon to everyone in our SCcyber community. 

I hope you are all well and enjoying your start to semester 2.

I wanted to let everyone know about a tech issue you may see popping up in your courses over the next couple of months. 

For many years, most online educational activities were programmed in a computer language called Flash.  Unfortunately this year, Flash has been discontinued.  If you have an older browser, it may still work for a time, but it is "dead" in Chrome and many newer browsers.  Since most of us are educators with tech skills, and not actually computer techs, this change has sneaked up on the entire educational community. It has left many schools scrambling to change to resources that are compatible with the new programming language, HTML5.  SCcyber is working on converting all of our learning materials to the new standard, but this will take some time.

If you see the new blue-coloured lesson theme, with a drum at the top symbolizing us coming together as an educational community, and an Alberta sunset at the bottom, you are looking at a converted lesson that should be all functional.


If you find a broken item in one of these new lessons, please let your teacher know right away so it can be fixed. 

If you see any other colour page or theme besides blue with the drum at the top, then it means that lesson is yet to be worked on and will soon be converted to HTML5.  All the basics of the old courses are still working, it's just some of the extra bells and whistles that are broken.  Just keep on with what is there and if you aren't able to understand a concept because of a broken or missing learning activity, let your teacher know so that item can be fast tracked.  Please report only if the missing item interferes with your learning, as we know that all of our courses have repairs needed and we are taking care of the issues as fast as we can.

Have a great afternoon!

Mrs. Kam

SCcyber Principal