MyMaths on iPad and Android Tablets

We have had several parents ask why one of the tools we use called MyMaths will not work on iPad or Android devices.

I thought I should just take a moment to explain what is happening with these devices, and why MyMaths functions are currently limited on them.

MyMaths is a product by Oxford University Press and is mostly written in Adobe Flash, a plugin that was very popular to put multimedia content onto the web for the first 15 years of the internet boom. When the iPad was launched in 2010, Apple decided not to support Flash directly on the device, due to their stated worries about battery life, security with Adobe Flash and their desire for Internet developers to move away from Adobe Flash and start using the free and open standard HTML5 to create this content instead. Apple iPad, iPhone, and Android phones and devices do not support Adobe Flash content.
Adobe has recently announced due to the many businesses moving away from Flash and a lack of mobile device support that it will no longer be supporting Flash from 2020, and are encouraging developers to move to HTML5.

Oxford University Press has announced that they are working on moving all of their content from Adobe Flash to HTML5. At the time of writing, MyMaths has announced that they have moved 83 of the online homework tasks to HTML5.

Unfortunately, this conversion task can take some time to complete as it requires rewriting a lot of these tasks from the ground up. MyMaths is working on this as quickly as possible as they realise that without converting from using Adobe Flash they will not have a viable business in the next few years. Until this conversion is complete, they always recommend that you use computers that are capable of Adobe Flash use, such as Windows, Mac and Linux machine running the full desktop versions browsers such as Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari.

There are some tools that will enable you to view Flash content on the iPad, however, I hesitate to recommend any of these apps. This is because they use a technology called proxies in order to display content to you, and these can also be used to bypass security systems you may have in place to filter content on the internet at home. Proxies also by their nature collect any information that you put into them such as usernames and passwords, leaving systems insecure.

To recommend these applications would be a dereliction of our duty to safeguard your children against the threats that the Internet can pose if not used correctly and sensibly.

Mr Kerton
eLearning Manager

2 comments

Helen Manning

29th September, 2017 at 10:43am

Some of the functions do not work on a desktop computer either. This is very upsetting and frustrating for my child as he cannot complete all questions and his score is not a true reflection.
He was unable to complete all questions due to the softwares fault. Children should not be expected to complete homework on software that is incapable with iPads and even a desktop computer.

Mr Kerton Moderator

8th November, 2017 at 4:18pm

Hi Helen,
On a desktop this is because Flash is being depreciated. If you use Google Chrome, you should be prompted to enable Flash when it first loads, which will keep it running until Flash is removed from Chrome entirely in 2019. I understand your concern regarding this, and I’m pushing OUP hard to get the update completed sooner rather than later. There are solutions out there, but I cannot recommend them to everyone. Please leave another comment if you’d like me to email you regarding some of the solutions.

Mr Kerton

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