I recently came across a very exciting new (well, new for me) app. Any who has an Apple mobile device will be aware that it doesn’t support flash. Thiseans that many games, videos and sites on the internet cannot be used on an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
While I coped without flash, there were times when it was irritating to be disallowed from using it.
One such time was when we started using Shabbat Interactive in school. For those who are unaware, Shabbat Interactive is a wonderful programme developed by Jewish Interactive to support teaching about Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath). While it is a fantastic resource, the programme was built in flash and therefore I had to find a computer any time I wanted to use it.
The description provided by Rover on the app store is as follows:
Rover is a free education app and the only education browser for your iPad designed for teachers and students of all ages.
Rover is targeted towards enhancing the K-12 education experience, bringing the best online learning content to your iPad- including access to content ordinarily available on the Apple tablet (e.g. Flash content).
We have partnered with major education brands, including Discovery Education, to make sure you have access to leading educational content on the iPad. Rover can transform your classroom into a fun, easy to use, and exciting learning lab!
Rover is powered by the iSwifter platform (the world’s first cloud-based Flash streaming platform for mobile devices). We have specifically designed Rover based on feedback from teachers, IT directors and administrators from schools across the country.
- Content-filtering in the cloud ensures students are protected from inappropriate content
- No personal data about users is tracked or saved
- Firewall-friendly solution works with existing IT standards and systems in schools
- Easy-to-use and intuitive for teachers as well as students
Rover is a great workaround for those times when you need to use flash but it can be slow and grainy at times so I wouldn’t recommend using it as a permanent browser solution.