They're stopping ActivInspire? (updated 6-20-20)

They're going to stop ActivInspire?

No, but... ActivInspire, the software that many of our teachers use with their interactive whiteboards, needs Adobe Flash player to work with embedded items (see the system requirements; currently it needs at least Adobe Flash 11).

The lastest update to ActivInspire made it a more robust 64-bit piece of software, but it lost some abilities. When Flash Player is absent, there is a potential you may lose some of the special functions. You will be able to write on the whiteboard part of activinspire, but niche functions you rely on may not be there.

In 2017, Adobe announced "we remain committed to supporting Flash through 2020". They have recently announced support will end Dec 31, 2020. This will even impact Acrobat Reader.

If you look at the link about support ending Dec 31, 2020, the FAQ section (emphasis mine):

  1. Will Adobe make previous versions of Adobe Flash Player available for download after 2020? 

    No. Adobe will be removing Flash Player download pages from its site and Flash-based content will be blocked from running in Adobe Flash Player after the EOL Date.
    Adobe always recommends using the latest, supported and up-to-date software. Customers should not use Flash Player after the EOL Date since it will not be supported by Adobe.  

  2. If I find Flash Player available for download on a third-party website, can I use it?

    No, these versions of Flash Player are not authorized by Adobe. Customers should not use unauthorized versions of Flash Player.  Unauthorized downloads are a common source of malware and viruses.  Adobe has no responsibility for unauthorized versions of Flash Player and customers’ use of such versions is entirely at their own risk.

Under item 7 it states "Adobe will not issue Flash Player updates or security patches after the EOL Date. We recommend that all users uninstall Flash Player before the EOL date (see manual uninstall instructions for Windows and Mac users). Users will be prompted by Adobe to uninstall Flash Player on their machines later this year and Flash-based content will be blocked from running in Adobe Flash Player after the EOL Date."

Adobe Flash has had vulnerabilities that programmers with bad intentions have exploited to cause data to be shared without the user's knowledge, malware and viruses to be installed, and other undesirable actions. The software updates to flash plug and prevent these exploits. If it's no longer updated, it will likely be exploited.

The term EOL refers to End of Life. EOL means no more updates to that software.

You need security updates to keep your computer safe.

The same people who make ActivInspire make Classflow. Classflow does not use Flash player. Classflow can import your flipcharts, so that you do not have to start over from scratch.

If you have a Promethean Planet username and password, you can use that to log into Classflow. If not, you can create a free teacher account.

You can import your flipcharts from ActivInspire into Classflow by clicking the resources button, clicking the new button and then clicking on File Upload.

Click resources, then click the New button, then click on File Upload


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