Apps, Education, K-12


Rover is a free app for iDevices that opens as an internet browser.  Why, you may ask, do I need another internet browser?  Well, this browser allows you to access Flash-enabled sites that you cannot usually use on your iPad or iPhone.  And if you have ever had a crestfallen child looking at you accusingly after he or she could not use a web site that has always been available on the computer, then you know how important Rover might be for your home or classroom.

I just downloaded Rover yesterday, and tried a few of the “Old Reliables” that educators might like students to visit:  Starfall and Illuminations.  Both sites worked well in the Rover browser.  I will caution you to pay attention to the directions on “swiping” that will appear upon first use, as quick swipes on the screen will have disappointing results.  Other than that, I was thrilled to see the immediate appearance of the Flash games on my iPad.

Give Rover a try, and let me know what you think!

6-12, Education, Science, Teaching Tools, Websites

Follow Your Curiosity

With the recent touchdown of the Mars rover, Curiosity, the beginning of the school year would be a great time to ignite your students’ curiosity about space exploration.  On the Follow Your Curiosity site, NASA has provided 5 lesson plans with student and teacher guides for grades 6-8.  I think that you could modify them for a bit lower or higher grades on either end, though.  The site includes video clips and many hands-on activities, including a simulation activity of a Mars rover and the creation of a 3-D Mars community.  Visit Follow Your Curiosity for a great selection of Rover Resources!