Well, sort of...
Some of you may know that we have started working on a Little Reader iPad app. There's not much to say about this as it's still in a fluid state right now, and I can't answer you regarding what features it will have in the first version cos I'm not sure myself!
The bad news is, it won't be ready anytime soon.
The good news is, you can use Little Reader on your iPad right now!!
I'm guessing some of you might be looking a little like this:
The reason you can use Little Reader on your iPad today is that there's this fantastic app I recently discovered, called "Splashtop Remote".
Splashtop Remote basically allows you to access and control your desktop computer from your iPad. That means, you can access Little Reader using your iPad (with all the features and functions), and play it back exactly as you see it on your computer, the only real difference being the size of the screen and that you use your fingers instead of your mouse to control it.
Yes, there are other remote-access programs around (most notably TeamViewer), but the key reasons Splashtop works the best for playing back Little Reader are:
- it is dedicated towards accessing your computer over the same wifi network (which basically means you're in the same house/room as the computer), and not over the internet. The upside of this is that there is very little lag, and it's very easy to set up. If you have a good wifi setup and don't use it too far away from the computer, then it's very responsive.
- it gives you sound! Sound from your PC is channeled to the iPad, and this is something most (if not all?) remote programs do not do.
Right now, I often run my Little Reader lessons using the iPad on a couch near the PC, and Felicity often presses the screen herself to advance slides.
BTW, Splashtop is also great for watching movies, flash videos etc that are on your computer. Splashtop can also be set up to work long-distance over the internet, but it's not easy to set up, and the lag is too great to make it useful for playing back LR.
You can learn more about Splashtop here:http://www.splashtop.com/remote
To get this set up, download "Splashtop Remote" from the App Store, and the PC desktop client from the website. Regarding the app, try out the free version first to make sure it works properly. If it does, the full app is just 99 cents.
Of course, you will need:
- Little Reader (doh!
- Wifi router
So there! Little Reader on the iPad, today! Let me know what you guys think after trying it out!
KLEDIT - If you are not hearing your PC's sound on your iPad, then try this:
- On your PC, open up Splashtop software and click on Settings.
- You should see the second item says, "When a remote client connects, redirect all sound to the client, and mute this computer". Make sure this is checked.
================EDIT - 5 June 2012
Little Reader Touch for iPad/iPhone now available:http://forum.brillkids.com/announcements/little-reader-touch-now-available-on-the-app-store
Download full curricula:http://forum.brillkids.com/announcements/little-reader-curricula-on-your-ipad-or-iphone-now-possible-with-iaccess
================EDIT - 29 November 2012
Added reference in the title to Android also, as you could also use Splashtop on your Android device.
================EDIT - 03 June 2014
Although Little Math and Little Musician were not mentioned here, note that you CAN use the same Splashtop Remote workaround above for Little Math and Little Musician
. Aside from setting up Splashtop Remote and your Wifi router, you will need to install Little Musician and/or Little Math on your PC.