Google Search is a free app that allows users to enter questions or keywords directly into the app’s search box and get a Google-returned search result without having to go through the extra step of an internet browser. This app is especially useful for younger students as the extra steps, additional typing, and multiple boxes on any given internet browser window can make executing a simple research question or general query into a difficult and frustrating exercise for both teacher and students. The handy voice-over feature allows users to speak their questions or keywords and have top answers read back to them. Google Search is simple and effective at getting a basic, Google generated, search return without the extra fuss.
Google Search is suitable for Lower Primary, Upper Primary, and Secondary.
Puffin is a paid web browsing app that allows users to access flash based websites via support a cloud network. It functions as an alternative internet browsing option to Apple’s native Safari internet app. According to Puffin’s website, it’s limitations are the following:
- The data centers of Puffin Web Browser are in the US and the cloud servers can only access public web sites from US geolocations.
- For users outside the US, local content, especially videos of local interest, may not be accessible from the US due to geo-restrictions in your home country.
- Due to the Internet censorship, Puffin Browser service is blocked in China and Saudi Arabia.
More information is located on Puffin’s main website. Puffin also offers a free version of its app that operates only during ‘off-peak’ hours, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Puffin is suitable for Lower Primary, Upper Primary and Secondary.