This past November, Float launched version 2.0 of its collaborative Web browser, RabbleBrowser.
The iPad app can also used as a Web browser for learning. Just this week, The Nerdy Teacher Nicholas Provenzano reviewed RabbleBrowser.
“As a teacher, I love the possibilities that brings to the table,” Provenzano wrote at TheNerdyTeacher.com. “It will be very nice to know that my students are following along and leaving comments on the right side to enhance the discussion we are having in class.” We agree, Nick… Glad to see it’s working in the classroom!
Teachers and other hosts of these shared browsing experiences will be happy to know the new features we have in store for the soon to be released RabbleBrowser 2.5, especially as it relates to session functionalities.
One of the best additions, we think, is giving hosts the option to let session participants vote. Say, for example, a teacher wants to know what his or her students think about the quality of William Shakespeare’s biography on Wikipedia. The students can then give it a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down keeping criteria such as general knowledge, links to references, and interest in mind.
Additionally, hosts can now choose to allow or prevent private chats among users. This option may help teachers keep students on track, but also allow some freedom. To further control how participants are connected, hosts can lock them in so that once connected, participants can’t leave the session.
URL logs, chat logs and file transfers are all now savable for later review and sharing. Simply enable the feature and your chat log is saved as a .TXT file that can be re-shared via RabbleBrowser or sent as an email. Great for studying, notes or sending to people for later review.
Finally, as the host scrolls and zooms through a website or document, the screens of the participants will scroll and zoom, too. Going back to the Shakespeare example, the lock function will be great if the teacher wants to point to a specific section of the page – maybe where a Wikipedia user could have included a source, or where there is blatantly incorrect information.
“RabbleBrowser costs $1.99, and I think it is worth every cent,” Provenzano said. “A class set of iPads could be covered for about $60. This will be the best $60 you could spend on an app that will have your students collaborating using their iPads. I recommend RabbleBrowser to all schools that are using iPads in the classroom.”
Keep tuned, because it’s about to get a whole lot better. 😉
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