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Ontario Association for Mathematics Education
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The Short Version: The Flash is dead! Long live mathies apps!

The Medium Version: You can still access mathies learning tools,
especially on mobile devices, but also on some computers.

The Long Version

Update re: Learning Tools

There is some good news and bad news regarding, and some clarification needed to clear up some misunderstandings.

For MOBILE Devices (smartphones & tablets)

GOOD NEWS: The mathies apps that are currently on the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store DO still work, and if you wish to use these digital learning tools, you can still do so, and continue to download them onto your mobile devices. If you happen to own a brand new M1 Macintosh computer, they also allow you to run iPad apps (like the learning tools), so you can use them on those machines as well. Some newer Chromebooks allow mathies apps to be installed from the Google Play store.

For Computers (laptops and desktops)

BAD NEWS: As has been well publicized, Adobe Flash is pretty much dead. All major browsers (e.g., Chrome, Safari, Edge) have stopped allowing Flash-based pages, including the mathies tools. Adobe itself will stop supporting the standalone Flash player this year. There are a couple of projects trying to keep access to Flash alive (e.g., Pale Moon browser) but these are hardly mainstream.

GOOD NEWS: If you have permission to install programs on your computer, you can install a Windows or Mac version of the mathies tools directly on your machine. The apps will then run like a standalone program, and not need a browser to run inside. Note that the security settings in MacOS or Windows may make installation difficult.

To install the Learning Tools on your devices, visit the Apps page and either click on the appropriate mobile store button or on the Download button for access to Windows and Mac installers.

Note that the support wiki has been moved to the OAME server, and is now the current home for the Mathies Support.

Current Status

  • BREAKING NEWS: The Ministry has signed a development deal with OAME to produce an HTML 5 version of mathies Colour Tiles, Money and Fraction Strips by early in the next school year. (Fall 2021)
  • The website is now being hosted on the OAME server, and will remain available as long as is viable.
  • Future development will use HTML5 to allow use on modern mobile and desktop browsers. There are some HTML5 apps already on the mathies Apps page. They are denoted with an OPEN 5 button.