Rover Crosses One Million Downloads, as the Only Free Cloud-Based Education Browser Bringing Education Content to iPads in Thousands of Schools
New education content partners, including Starfall, Learning Upgrade and Knowledge Nation, throw support behind subscription business model to help keep Rover free for schools
Today Rover, the educational browser for iPads, is announcing that it has passed one million downloads and now streams over 1,000 hours of educational content each hour. Rover is also revamping its free education browser, capable of delivering interactive Flash content, with a newly released version to improve speed and performance.
To keep Rover free while covering its costs, the company is also introducing a new subscription plan for education content providers. Schools and educators interested in accessing more educational material that’s not currently available on iPads should encourage their content providers to contact Rover at firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe and enable their content on Rover for more widespread availability and use in the classroom.
The app for Flash-based education material will still offer free content, with the option of upgrading for access to even more content covering a range of subjects like math, science, reading and phonics. The new Rover version will offer an enhanced user experience while enabling interaction with both Flash and non-Flash content.
“Our intention is to keep Rover free for our dedicated community of educators, students and parents across the United States and globally, who use Rover to safely visit hundreds of thousands of educational websites and resources each month,” said company chairman Peter Relan. “In just one year, Rover has grown into the premier education browser, and it is the only COPPA-compliant (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) education browser on tablet. We hope the schools and homes that rely on our browser will urge their content providers to join Rover to ensure that we can offer this valuable resource free of charge for years to come.”
Companies like Starfall, Learning Upgrade and Knowledge Nation have already signed up for the subscription plan, which will keep their content accessible and, in some cases, spotlight them through Rover’s featured spots. Educators will also have an option to unlock access to all educational content by purchasing a one-time $4.99 upgrade accessible through Rover Pro.
“Rover is a safe Internet browser that supports 21st-century teaching and learning. The Common Core Standards are requiring students to use technology to gather, analyze and synthesize information. The app allows me to bookmark and effectively organize web based resources aligned to the rigorous standards,” said Paula Rogers, a teacher at Langdon Area Elementary and Middle Schools in North Dakota and a long time Rover user.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative, implemented in schools across the U.S., seeks to align diverse curricula across states in order to meet standards-based education reform. Core standards cover mathematics, English language arts, history and social studies, and science and technical subjects. Forty-five states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity have all adopted the Common Core State Standards.
Education publishers interested in bringing their content to Rover, please contact: email@example.com .
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