Puffin Academy Tutorial

  • Introduction to Puffin Academy

    What is Puffin Academy

    Many great educational websites are developed with Adobe Flash, which is not playable on most mobile devices. To make a difference, we provide Puffin Academy web browser, the fastest Flash + HTML5 enabled mobile browser, to K-12 students for Free!

    Puffin Academy always enforces site filtering by only allowing whitelisted educational websites. Publishers and Content providers need to apply for the program to add their sites to our white list.

  • Introduction to Puffin Academy

    How it works

    CloudMosa developed technology to shift the workload from the mobile devices to the cloud servers. By outsourcing computing-intensive tasks to the cloud, resource-demanding web applications, like Flash and JavaScript can run smoothly on resource-limited devices. Therefore, your Puffin Academy app remotely controls a cloud browser running at our datacenter.

  • Introduction to Puffin Academy

    How it works

    Dedicated Servers and IPs
    To ensure Puffin Academy’s service availability and security, we reserve a set of dedicated servers and an IP ranges for the project. Those servers and IP ranges are isolated from all other operations.

  • Introduction to Puffin Academy

    Security & Privacy

    Cloud based site filtering
    Puffin Academy uses whitelist-based filtering mechanism on its cloud servers. Anyone can just download the app and visit education sites safely without any further configuration.

  • Introduction to Puffin Academy

    Security & Privacy

    Encryption
    All traffics from Puffin Academy app to its server are encrypted. It is safe to use public non-secure WiFi through Puffin Academy, but not safe at all for most browsers.

  • Introduction to Puffin Academy

    Security & Privacy

    Stateless
    Puffin servers are entirely stateless, and there is no content cache on our server. We don’t collect end users’ names, e-mails, phone numbers and any personal information.

  • Introduction to Puffin Academy

    Security & Privacy

    Log
    We log events — but no contents. We log users (from a particular Puffin Academy client, from a particular IP address) and URL’s (to a particular URL, to a particular IP address). They are used for internal statistics, and will be provided to law enforcement on children’s safety data requests.

  • Add new web apps for your school

    Search with keywords
    Most well-known education publishers have already added their sites into the Puffin Academy. Please use the search box in the Puffin Academy to find their titles.

  • Add new web apps for your school

    Access multiple school specific links for teaching
    Each school or school district can apply for a publisher account on the Puffin Academy. Then, the school can publish its own web apps in the Puffin Academy.

    Adding sites into Puffin Academy’s system requires some IT background. Please recommend your school IT (or ICT) to sign up the publisher account via the following link. https://publisher.flashbrowser.com/pconnect/sign_up.php

  • How to deploy Puffin Academy at school

    Setup School firewall for Puffin Academy app
    Your school firewall might block the connections of Puffin Academy app, please refer to our FAQ to unblock Puffin Academy app.
    http://www.flashbrowser.com/pconnect/faq.php#200

  • How to deploy Puffin Academy at school

    Deploy Puffin Academy on multiple iPads at once
    Now Puffin Academy app (iOS) supports Apple’s Mobile Device Management (MDM) configuration. You may use MDM software to deploy Puffin Academy app and its default bookmarks. For more information, please refer to the following links.

    Setup default bookmarks in Puffin Academy via MDM (PDF)
    Template file for preinstalled app configuration

  • How to deploy Puffin Academy at school

    Limit students to access certain web apps
    Yes, a school can limit its students to access certain web apps, and also prevent them from installing new web apps. For more details, please refer to the MDM settings.