Firefox 74

Hello.

Firefox Desktop Browser 74 was released on the 10th March.

Firefox release schedules

Firefox release calendar
https://wiki.mozilla.org/Release_Management/Calendar

Firefox 74

Mozilla provides two release notes. One is for users and the other is for developers.

Firefox 74 release note
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/74.0/releasenotes/

From this version, firefox does not open web pages on TLS 1.0 or TLS 1.1.

Firefox 74 release note for developers
https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Firefox/Releases/74

The release note for developers lists news and changes on APIs or developer tools that may be used by web contents developers or firefox plugin developes.

You can get overview of the new release changes and prepare to manage influence on WebClass functions or your learning materials.

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TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 is disabled by default from this version.

https://hacks.mozilla.org/2020/02/its-the-boot-for-tls-1-0-and-tls-1-1/

I think there is nothing special to do for using WebClass with new firefox.

LTI integration with Zoom.us

Hello.

Many collages in Japan might be considering how they start new academic year in April due to the strugling against COVID-19. And they might be researching ways to switch classes to on TV in case class rooms are closed.

This article reports the way to use Zoom Meeting with WebClass. We're looking into this operations now, and we've not finished yet. We'll update this when our examine develops.

I've had a lot of meeting on TV with laptop PCs or smartphones for several years. I heard that some conference were held with around 50 of members on TV in March in Japan. Softwares or services for TV meeting are now very easy to use. I don't afraid of treating movie files after meetings. It's just joining, discussing and leaving.

I'm looking into an integration with Cisco Webex Meetings. That will be another article.

Zoom.us Meeting

License
https://zoom.nissho-ele.co.jp/lineup/zoom_meeting/

Zooms for Education
https://zoom.us/education

If you had an account of Basic plan, your meetings limited to 40 minitues and up to 100 persons. Until the end of April, Zooms.us free limitations for educational organizations.

In this article, I report the steps to connect my basic plan account to WebClass. When you try with your educational account, there will be some differences.

Using Zoom without LMS integration

If teachers and students has each Zoom account, teachers can host meeting. Each meeting has an url to invide. So, teacher tell students the url in their course on WebClass.

For example, textbook materials are easy to write down the url and share it with students in their course. And the Timeline is one of best place to announce the meeting to students especially when there are a lot of learning materials.

Instructions to integrate with Zoom

get LTI key on Zooms.us

Zoom supports the LTI interface. We use that.

First, sign in on Zoom.us web page and open the page of LTI pro module in the market place.

Zoom.us marketplace
https://marketplace.zoom.us

LTI pro - Zoom.us marketplace
https://marketplace.zoom.us/apps/f8JUB3eeQv2lXsjKq5B2FA

Second, activate LTI pro module on your account. To do that, turn "Pre-approve" switch on and click "Install" button.

Then, you can see "Manage" tab on the LTI pro page. go to "Configure" and create a new credential.

When you click "+Create a new credential" button, you will see the four values automatically generated.

  • LTI URL
  • OAuth Redirect URL
  • LTI Key
  • LTI Secret

register LTI Key to WebClass

First, log in your WebClass as administrator account. If your WebClass installed with LTI, you will find "LTI tool config" page.

At the LTI tool config page, add Zoom registration with your keys.

  • Tool :Zooms.us LTI pro(feel free to change)
  • Tool URL :LTI URL
  • Consumer Key:LTI Key
  • Secret:LTI Secret

Create learning material to use Zoom on your course Zoom.us

Enter your course as author role, and open "Create materials" page.
"LTI tool" is there.

Select your Zoom LTI registration on your WebClass for LTI tool doropdown.

Save the material and open that as course manager, then Zoom meeting list view will be opened.

Add new meeting with "Schedule a New Meeting" button. You can get the link url to share this meeting there.

One of the best way to share the meeting url is posting that on the Timeline.

leaners will join meetings

Learners can list your meetings when they open the learning materials. When they click and open a meeting, zoom.us page will open and show them apps. download link and open apps.

To join meetings, learner have to sign in or sign up on Zoom. And they can not create meetings in your learning materials.

Zoom provides the video how zoom opens from an invitation of meeting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFhAEoCF7jg&list=PLKpRxBfeD1kEM_I1lId3N_Xl77fKDzSXe&index=23

Other limitations and questions

Author account must be registerd with email address that is same as zoom.us account. And that zoom.us account is same as LTI Key holder on Zoom.us. This limitation is perhaps for Basic plan account.

I expect that LTI Key from educational account allows authors under the organization to make their own meetings. But actually, I don't know about this now.

Ref

Getting Started with LTI Pro - Zoomappdocs
https://zoomappdocs.docs.stoplight.io/lti-pro-v2/welcome/getting-started

LTI Pro is now available in the Zoom Marketplace
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201363333-Getting-Started-with-LTI

Zoom for education
https://zoom.us/education

LTI/LMS Systems - Zoom Help Center
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/sections/200305523-LTI-LMS-Systems

Zoom - Youtube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2SxmE4C-KAQuHaEfHVymgQ

Firefox 73

Hello.

Firefox Desktop Browser 73 was released on the 11th Feb.

Firefox release schedules

Firefox release calendar

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Release_Management/Calendar

Firefox 73

Mozilla provides two release notes. One is for users and the other is for developers.

Firefox 73 release note
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/73.0/releasenotes/

A page zoom preference was addes. W can set a default zoom rate for reading every web page with offered zoom rate. And it is improved to read web pages with background images in High Contrast Mode on Windows 10.

Firefox 73 release note for developers
https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Firefox/Releases/73

The release note for developers lists news and changes on APIs or developer tools that may be used by web contents developers or firefox plugin developes.

You can get overview of the new release changes and prepare to manage influence on WebClass functions or your learning materials.

Pickup for webclass

I think there is nothing special to do for using WebClass with new firefox.

Edge 80

Hello.

Microsft Edge 80 was released for Windows and MacOS in last weekend.

Edge on my mac was updated automatically by Microsoft AutoUpdate that check updates of not only Edge but also other MS apps. like MS word, excel, power point and so on.

I'm looking for a page that explain what's new on Edge 80. I expected that each release that count up major version number publishes corresponding release note. But I've not found that yet. Are the changes as same as Chrome 80?

I will keep conitnue to research how MS Edge is.

Chrome 80

Hello.

Chrome for Desktop 80 was released on the 5th Feb.

Release schedules of Chrome browser

You can see the schedules below.

https://www.chromestatus.com/features/schedule

Chrome 80

You can see the release notes of chrome browser. Remember you should find the title of "Stable Channel Update for Desktop" because the other product channel's one is also listed.

https://chromereleases.googleblog.com/

When it comes to the release note of Chrome 80, here is a url.

https://chromereleases.googleblog.com/2020/02/stable-channel-update-for-desktop.html

Acording to the page above, there are few text about functional changes instead of a number of security fixes.

For developer, here is a index page of reports about Chrome 80.

https://developers.google.com/web/updates/tags/chrome80

Then, this is a new in chrome 80.

https://developers.google.com/web/updates/2020/02/nic80

This is a report about JavaScript engine changes.

https://v8.dev/blog/v8-release-80

This is a CSS/JS Platform API changes.

https://www.chromestatus.com/features#milestone%3D80

This is a report about the removed or deprecated things.

https://developers.google.com/web/updates/2019/12/chrome-80-deps-rems

Some new limitations for pageloading with javascript were added inChrome 80. When a page is being closed, window open function or syncronus XMLHttpRequest will not work.

Pickup for webclass

Acording to the release notes, I think there are nothing special of changes to prepare for using webclass.