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Teacher access to educational websites using Flash

  • 1.  Teacher access to educational websites using Flash

    Posted 09-11-2018 11:07

    I recently read this article about how the latest Chrome update will will require users to explicitly enable Flash every single time they want to use it:  https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2018/09/03/chrome-flash-is-almost-almost-almost-dead/. Are there Flash based web tools that your teachers still want to use? Given the security risks, what is your school/district policy about allowing access? 

    Susan M. Bearden

    Chief Innovation Officer

    Consortium for School Networking

    sbearden@cosn.org




  • 2.  RE: Teacher access to educational websites using Flash

    Posted 09-12-2018 08:49

    The following vendors still use Flash.  Some are in the process of converting, while others, e.g. froguts.com, have said they do not plan to convert to HTML5. 

     

    [*.]dreambox.com, [*.]i-ready.com, [*.]pbs.org, [*.]bbc.co.uk, [*.]rosettastoneclassroom.com, [*.]rosettastone.com, [*.]froguts.com, [*.]starfall.com, [*.]e-missions.net

     

    We are supporting while browser developers are still supporting, but once support stops, we plan to stop supporting as well, i.e., not trying to keep a legacy browser on devices. 

     

    We have been telling our users for two years to look for replacements.

     

    Thanks,

    George

     

    George Frazier, M.Ed., CISSP

    Director of Information Systems

    Lower Merion School District

    301 E. Montgomery Avenue

    Ardmore, PA 19003

    Phone: 610-645-1925 Email: frazier@lmsd.org

     

     






  • 3.  RE: Teacher access to educational websites using Flash

    Posted 09-13-2018 07:19

    That's a sensible, measured approach to balancing security risks with educational needs. I appreciate that you are actively communicating to your users the need to find alternatives! 


    Susan M. Bearden

    Chief Innovation Officer

    Consortium for School Networking

    sbearden@cosn.org