Got the Browser Blues…

    I’ve got the browser blues…

Internet Explorer, oh the horror…  Thought Firefox could take the knocks… I’m all alone with Google Chrome….

Okay, so I’m not a poet.  But I do have a poetic license.  Which I will use from time to time to explain away my artistic interpretation of things like punctuation and sentence structure…

What’s The Best Browser?

Well, according to the folks at techradar.com in a newly released article, it depends on a number of things.  If you’ve got Windows 8, then for speed, the good ole’ standby Internet Explorer kills it.  However, for other things such as “HTML5”, then the clear winner is Google Chrome.

That leads me to beg the question: what has happened to Firefox?  When once the Fox had been the go-to browser for anyone with any tech know-how, the picture has changed, and the Fox has scurried away into its dusty foxhole – presumably to lick its wounds and to breed a newer better version of itself (Version 29).

Uh, What the Heck Are You Talking About And How Does It Impact Me?

Good question.  The browser you use will determine how much of your content is actually usable as you want it used and seen by your learners.  I’m not a tech expert, but browsers come loaded with things like “plug-ins” and other doo-hickies that allow your videos to be shown, your listening bits heard, and everything else that you need.

LearnIT2Teach insists on using Firefox because it has been their experience that this browser, coupled with at least Windows 8, is the best of the bunch.  Google Chrome may appear to be co-operative, but it has hidden issues, mainly to do with tracking – which is a fairly crucial part of the LMS experience.  Without tracking and recording quizzes, you might as well be using Web 1.0.

So if you’re stuck waiting for your school board to update its computers to Windows 8, and you have an active Learning Management System, Chrome has to be the default browser.  Chrome only occasionally mis-tracks in Windows 7, and it is a much more compatible browser for slightly older computer systems.  At the very least, do most activities in Chrome, but have the learners open up their LMS in Firefox to do the quiz.

FireFox Issues

The issues that I have personally encountered using the Fox on my LMS have to do with properly displaying videos and some SCORM objects.  Also, listening activities, when there are multiple recordings, will all play simultaneously on the Fox browser, whereas in Chrome, they play one at a time, and only when the user clicks on them.  Which is what is supposed to happen.

The cacophony of six recordings going off at the same time in the computer lab can be quite startling.

Also, yesterday, I had my learners access some of my keyboarding practice sites from my website using Fox.  Only two computers were able to do the task; everyone else was being asked to update java or to install plug-ins.  I know that the updates had been done less than two weeks ago.  (I did them.) So, rather than taking the time from the learners to install the updates, I had them change browsers, and voila!

Final Words of Wisdom

When an activity isn’t working, change your browser.  Also,  sometimes adjusting security settings works.  And if you’re still stuck, try a swift kick to the hard drive.  Just be careful  not to break your cup-holder…

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