MENLO PARK, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/16/11 -- iSWiFTER Learn, Inc., a subsidiary of iSWiFTER Inc., the company that developed the world's first cloud-based streaming platform for mobile devices, today unveiled Rover, the first free iPad browser that gives educators and students unprecedented access to Flash-based educational content on the iPad.
As school districts are rapidly deploying iPads in the classroom, educators and administrators can now use Rover to access educational content on the iPad from a variety of partners including Discovery Education, the leading provider of high quality digital content to more than half of U.S. schools; FunBrain, part of Family Education Network; and 3P Learning, providers of the popular Mathletics program.
"The iPad is already revolutionizing classroom instruction and Rover, with its intuitive and secure open browser, is on the forefront of this transformative, new way to teach and learn," said Rajat Gupta, Founder of iSWiFTER. "Rover makes it easier to teach, more cost-effective, and safer for school administrators to leverage a browser, and support Flash-based curriculum throughout their districts."
A School-Friendly Firewall
Rover app, in partnership with leading education content providers, ensures that teachers are no longer locked out of valuable online learning content. For the first time ever, teachers can now use the iPad to develop and customize lesson plans that incorporate non-Flash as well as Flash content already created for classrooms.
As the first iPad app compliant with schools' firewalls, Rover makes it possible for educators to access the same Flash-based online learning content already used on classroom PCs. The app is also compliant with content filtering regulations through an open web browser that meets the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). This allows users to safely leverage iPads at home and in the classroom while preventing access to undesirable content or sites.
Today's announcement was supported by leading classroom content providers including Discovery Education, which has begun using Rover to deliver Flash-based learning apps, lesson plans and materials that enable teachers and students to move beyond the traditional textbook. Other partners include FunBrain, part of Family Education Network and 3P Learning, the providers of Mathletics.
"Discovery Education is excited to partner with iSwifter to expand the availability of our robust, interactive content found on the iPad," said Craig Halper, vice president, Discovery Education. "This new app will provide educators an innovative tool to deliver dynamic lessons from our suite of services and engage students' natural curiosity with thousands of Discovery Education digital learning assets."
"Rover is an innovative step toward making the resources widely used in education, accessible on the iPad. The Mathletics community will be excited to have another point of access to their world of learning," said Timothy Power, Managing Director of 3P Learning.
With Rover, educators have the ability to develop and customize lesson plans that deliver both Flash and non-Flash based content on the iPad, crucial for a dynamic and interactive classroom. In addition to accessing the content at schools, students and parents can now access the same school-approved content on their iPads at home.
This app can be found for free download at the Apple App Store at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rover/id483262612?ls=1&mt=8
About iSWiFTER Learn, Inc.'s Rover
Rover was created due to the overwhelming correspondence from school administrators and teachers eager for a secure, controllable way to leverage the potential that iPads bring to the classroom. Leading education content providers such as Discovery Education, FunBrain, and 3P Learning use Rover to deliver Flash-based curriculum.
Rover is from iSWiFTER Learn, a subsidiary of iSWiFTER Inc., the company that developed the iSWiFTER app, the world's first cloud-based streaming service for mobile devices. In just over one year, the iSWiFTER app has achieved more than a million downloads. Based in Menlo Park, California, iSWiFTER has funding from the YouWeb incubator, and revenue bookings of over $10M this year. For more information please go to www.theroverapp.com.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA) (NASDAQ: DISCB) (NASDAQ: DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.
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