Rover – The Safe Browser for K-12 and Education

Rover is an Internet browser designed to block content that is inappropriate for K-12 students. After launching Rover, users can engage it like other Internet browsers. The difference, however, is that Rover blocks any websites that have potentially controversial content. When a website is entered that Rover blocked, red letters in the bottom left of the screen appear that inform the user the website they entered is blocked. In addition to blocking content, users can tap the “Gear” button to access their history, cache, and cookies as well as email a link to the website they are viewing.…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 5.8
B. Design - 7
C. Engagement - 7.3

6.7

Making the Web a Bit Safer

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Rover is an Internet browser designed to block content that is inappropriate for K-12 students. After launching Rover, users can engage it like other Internet browsers. The difference, however, is that Rover blocks any websites that have potentially controversial content. When a website is entered that Rover blocked, red letters in the bottom left of the screen appear that inform the user the website they entered is blocked. In addition to blocking content, users can tap the “Gear” button to access their history, cache, and cookies as well as email a link to the website they are viewing. They can tap the “+” button to add additional tabs, and the “Bookmark” button lets them add and manage websites they saved.

Please Note: Only a limited amount of content is deemed “Safe” by this app, and users are not able to adjust any setting to access websites that are blocked. In addition, users will have to make an in-app purchase in order to access Flash using this app.

Instructional Ideas

  1. When discussing censorship, teachers can have students use this app and then another web browser that does not block content. Teachers can then frame a class discussion or debate by asking if Rover is a censor or safety mechanism. Students can respond in writing or in a “point, counter-point” style debate.
  2. Teachers can find websites that are not blocked by this app and provide a list of those websites to students. In response, students can use those websites while searching the Internet for information.
  3. Students can use this app as their default browser in school to ensure they do not view inappropriate material.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

Screenshots

  • Rover - The Safe Browser for K-12 and Education Screenshot
  • Rover - The Safe Browser for K-12 and Education Screenshot
  • Rover - The Safe Browser for K-12 and Education Screenshot
  • Rover - The Safe Browser for K-12 and Education Screenshot
  • Rover - The Safe Browser for K-12 and Education Screenshot