Posted on Jul 24, 2012 by Andrew Field Latest activity: Jul 26, 2012
With the ever changing web do you feel that we should still be delivering Flash training and support lessons in our classrooms? I'm nailing my colours to the mast and feel 100% that we should. To me, Flash remains a pivotal tool to use in the classroom. Colleagues surprised me this week when we were discussing what to develop and improve next year. We have delivered a 'Space Invaders' unit of work for a number of years: http://www.nwvle.net/course/view.php?id=437. I thought the discussion would be to remove the unit. Instead they want to expand it further, actually updating and teaching more of the ActionScript directly. The skills we teach can also be ideally suited to secondary (K12) coding development too. Where we've focused on ActionScript this has helped students develop the transferrable skills and understanding to 'port' to additional languages too. I was genuinely thinking that we should look to drop the focus on Flash and move of focus on just web-based programming or something else. I believe I was wrong to consider that! Flash remains what is probably the best tool to develop interactive learning content for desktop and the mobile web - using the options to publish as .swf, iOS and Android apps. The CreateJS integration with CS6 is interesting and exciting tool, allowing a real pathway to publish as HTML5 as well. What do you think? Are you planning on changing your delivery or structure of Flash tuition?