Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Saved in a "Flash"-Puffin Academy App

As a teacher, you brainstorm a lesson plan, find a great resource for your students, test it on your teacher iPad to make sure it works...and it doesn't :( We have all been there.
We have come a long way with technology in terms of iPads now being able to access much of the web content teachers would like. Websites have changed over to html5, making them mobile compatible. Yet, some still sit in Flash versions, ever awaiting the mobile browser capabilities.  Well, there may be a solution for you.

Puffin Academy is a Mobile Flash Browser for K-12 students, parents, and teachers that enables Adobe Flash based educational websites on the iOS platform/iPads. Puffin Academy always enforces site filtering by only allowing whitelisted educational websites. Many sites are already listed for students to use, like Scholastic Study Jams or Pearson's eBooks. All students have Puffin Academy app in Self Service for download. From there, students can access flash-based websites. 

However, in order for students to have access to many of the flash-based sites that you may want to use, a member of the ITC team needs to add and publish the content. You can do that by submitting the site here ( Once you have submitted your request, you will be notified when it is published and accessible by your students through the app. 
*In addition, as the teacher, you should check the functionality of the site through the Puffin Browser App to see if it works properly (some do not). Teachers can download the Puffin Academy app via the App store on your iPad.  
Directions on how to navigate students through the app can be found here.