App of the week: RabbleBrowser and Sandbox

Name: RabbleBrowser for iPad; Sandbox for iOS

What is it? RabbleBrowser is a curated, collaborative web browser specifically for iPads for classrooms, board rooms or any meeting room. One person can lead a session, sharing URLs with a limitless number of participants. The others can share URLs back to the leader for reciprocal browsing. Sandbox is a web browsing app available for all iOS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) that restricts users to a predefined list of websites. Unlike traditional privacy applications that block specified websites, Sandbox allows users to access only a preapproved list of sites, or whitelist. Using Sandbox, a teacher can ensure students remain on track during a class project, accessing only material that the teacher has already selected. Administrators looking to configure multiple devices can use an easy-to-use property list file. Both browsers are from Float Mobile Learning.

Best for: High school students and older; teachers. Users must be 17 years old to download each/both apps.

Price: RabbleBrowser: $2.99; Sandbox: $2.99. Both are eligible for Apple Volume Purchase program customers as well.

Requirements: RabbleBrowser: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Sandbox: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Rated: Both are rated 4

Features: RabbleBrowser: Content sharing via Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and eMail; Dropbox integration for file sharing; leader controls such as the ability to lock sessions; participant and leader voting; share files from your Photo library or sideload documents via iTunes; and more. Sandbox: Lock configuration settings with a passcode to prevent other users from changing settings; add bookmarks for approved websites; customize the appearance of user interface items; configure all settings through a property list file; and more.

Link: RabbleBrowser:


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