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A Playground for Thoughts on Educational Technology and Training. Topical discussions on educational technology and elearning for technology-minded educators and training professionals. Hosted by Avron Barr and Tom King.
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A Playground for Thoughts on Educational Technology and Training.
Hosted by Avron Barr and Tom King.

Join the conversation as we engage in topical discussion on educational technology and elearning. Our intended audience is technology-minded professionals in the fields of education and corporate training.

Please participate. The podcast first “semester” is January - June of 2016 and our goal is to publish 1-2 episodes a month.

Use the moderated comments below or @eLearningRecess for follow-up questions or future topic ideas.
Everybody loves a little encouragement.

Dec 29, 2015

Show Notes: Semester 1, Episode 1 - Whither Flash

In late November of 2015 Adobe announced that Flash Creative Cloud will become Animate CC. Avron and Tom provide background on how and why Flash became so important for elearning. Finally they wrap-up with thoughts on HTML5 and what is next.

Adobe Announcement - Welcome Adobe Animate CC, a new era for Flash Professional
"To more accurately represent its position as the premier animation tool for the web and beyond, Flash Professional will be renamed Adobe Animate CC, starting with the next release in early 2016." [Posted November 20, 2015]

Adobe Flash - History (Wikipedia)
More information on the evolution of Flash from the Pen Computing platform at FutureSplash through to Macromedia and the current Adobe offerings.

Jonathan Gay (Wikipedia)
Original developer of Flash, along with Robert Tatsumi. Jonathan’s innovations included introducing Flash video and communication capabilities.

CNET - "The Death of Flash is Lingering, Not Sudden"
Correction to podcast statements, that referenced this article; it was NOT 26% of top 500 sites. The correct quote is: “Though Flash has steadily declined in usage, the technology is still common. On the 482,000 websites the HTTP Archive monitors, 21 percent still use Flash as of mid-November [2015].

Wired - Adobe Flash Is Dead in Name Only [was: Adobe Flash Is Now Called Animate. But It's Still a Mess.]
Interesting that the original headline got “re-wired.”

More coverage on Flash, HTML5 and video-
Facebook switches to HTML5 for all video instead of Flash | ZDNet
and the original post by Facebook: Why we chose to move to HTML5 video

Microservices Architecture/Design Pattern (Wikipedia)
"Microservices is a software design pattern or architecture style in which complex applications are composed of small, independent processes communicating with each other using language-agnostic APIs. These services are small, highly decoupled and focus on doing a small task, facilitating a modular approach to system-building."

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    Tom King
    Both general and topic-specific comments are welcome. We'll follow-up to address as many topic-specific comments as practical in the next episode, provided they're received before our recording date.
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