Rover – An Awesome iPad Flash Browser (sort of)
One of the great things about the iPad is that teachers and kids have anywhere / anytime access. Both teachers and kids can use the iPad to create and access useful learning materials. And with thousands of educational apps designed specifically for the iPad, learning begins to look very different than it used to look.
One of the major iPad problems for educators is that the operating system does not support the use of Flash. Teachers, especially elementary teachers, have always been huge users of sites that require Flash. These sites often feature simulations, online games and video clips. So while there have been benefits to using iPads, teachers have had to modify some lesson plans because their iPads lacked Flash compatibility.
Now there’s hope. iSwifter (an iPad app that allows developers to stream flash games tp mobile devices) has partnered with Discovery, FunBrain and others to offer a new Flash-friendly browser. Called Rover, this new browser allows you to now develop and adapt lesson plans that use both Flash and non-Flash based content on the iPad.
The app claims to be compliant with educational firewalls which has been a problem with other iPad browsers. Sites like addictinggames.com and pogo.com get blocked by Rover. YouTube works great but only accesses education-related channels.
The best part of the browser is that Rover‘s first screen opens up to three featured partner sites and over 40 other Flash-based sites, including BrainPop, that work great. Discovery Education has also begun using Rover to deliver Flash-based learning apps, lesson plans and materials that enable teachers and students to move beyond the traditional textbook.
I did experience the occasional app crash with Rover and, every once in a while, I couldn’t get the sound to work so it’s not completely awesome. But overall, it’s the first browser that actually delivers Flash content consistently. And the best part?