The Impact Award!

image courtesy of Motion Soup

Today I was shocked when I started getting congratulatory emails on my way to the final meeting for this year’s Summer Institute in San Jose.

I had been presented with the Adobe Impact Award. Unfortunately, due to my own time zone mistake, I was not present when this was announced. But, upon my arrival, I was asked on stage to receive it. I was pretty shocked, but pleasantly surprised.

The award is presented to two higher education professionals and two k-12 educators worldwide for “contributions to the educational community”. Its great feeling to join the ranks of some of the other Ed Leaders that have received this before me!

Thanks Adobe!

Presenting at Adobe’s Ed Leader’s Institute 2010

image courtesy of fellow AEL Joseph Labrecque

Today, I gave a presentation to my fellow Ed Leaders on working with students to optimize Flash for mobile applications at the AEL Summer Institute in San Jose. There’s been a lot of criticism against Adobe that states that Flash crashes browsers, or uses too many resources, or takes to long to download. I’ve never found this to be the case. However, I have seen instances where a development could be optimized to make the activity look/feel better for the end user.

The presentation’s initial proposal was written to show users how easy it was to export AIR applications and seamlessly turn them into iPhone apps. But in early April, the rules changed due to Apple’s stance on Flash, and the change in wording in their developer license. Since I had to change the focus of the presentation anyway, I figured it would be good to discuss best practices for optimizing Flash. These are good rules of thumb in general. But, when it comes to mobile delivery of Flash apps, special considerations apply since you have limited memory, processing and screen size.

The gist of the presentation boiled down a 92-page white-paper by Thibault Imbert and Paul Robertson (Optimizing Performance for the Adobe Flash Platform) as well as some practical tips by others in the industry.

The video of the presentation will be on Adobe TV soon. I’ll post a link as it becomes available.

The Adobe Ed Leader’s Institute

image courtesy of fellow AEL, Joseph Labrecque

The end of July marks the time when Adobe hosts the Ed Leader’s Summer Institute. This is a week packed full brainstorming, sharing of ideas, product insights, research results, and professional development. Not to mention meeting some amazing thinkers. The schedule starts at 9am (7:30 for those seeking certification) and runs usually until around 10pm throughout the week!

As Adobe invitees, AELs are given sneak peeks at the products in development, and sometimes given the opportunity to weigh-in on their usefulness and practicality. Due to the non-disclosure AELs are under, I can’t discuss what I have seen so far, except to say that more pleasant surprises await Adobe users in the future.

I’ll be presenting on optimizing Flash for mobile delivery. The video of the presentation should be available in a few weeks on the Adobe TV Ed Leaders Channel.

Nokia N97 Trial

Nokia sent me an N97 to play with for a few weeks (thanks to www.womworld.com).

It arrived just as I needed a new phone to test some demo assets for my presentation at Adobe. I had fun playing with some of the features, but unfortunately, I didn’t have it long enough to do a video chat with anyone. Perhaps it will float my way again. I did like the phones keyboard and force-feedback features of the touchscreen. It felt better in my hands than the N97 mini.I’m pretty used to having a touchscreen keyboard

For my presentation, I wanted to demo how mobile Flash applications can access the phone’s accelerometer features (angle, acceleration, heading/direction). After a few hours of trying I found an entry on Nokia’s developer site that let me know that these features couldn’t be emulated in Adobe’s Device Central.

Next will be the 5800 Music Express. Stay tuned…