Sandbox is an interesting Web browsing app available for all iOS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) that restricts users to a predefined list of websites. Unlike the normal privacy applications that block specified websites, Sandbox allows users to access only a preapproved list of sites, or whitelist.
This could be a useful app to use in schools. Using Sandbox, a teacher can ensure students remain on track during a class project, accessing only material that the teacher has already selected (although of course they could always tab out and switch to Safari….)
Sandbox can be configured in two ways. Firstly, its settings can be changed within the Settings app on the iOS device itself. Also, administrators can use a property list fileto configure multiple devices.
Sandbox offers other features, including the ability to lock configuration settings with a password to prevent other users from changing settings and to quickly add bookmarks for approved websites.
Personally I’ve never liked schools using whitelists – they seem to get out of date very quickly and block far too much useful content that the filter never envisaged. But for those teachers who want a tighter control on the sites a student can use at a particular time – for example to work on a specific topic area, then it could prove useful. I’m still not sure how secure it would be, I can see students getting online via another browser such as Safari quite easily.
You can find out more at : http://floatlearning.com/apps/sandbox/