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CTR December 2012: Tablets for Kids — Which Deliver the Most Bang for the Buck?

Children’s Technology Review
December 2012
Vol. 20, No 12, Issue 153

Letter from the Editor

Tablets for Kids
Lookout iPad — the invasion of the Androids has begun.  There’s Meep, Tabeo, Nabi, Kurio and Kindle… to name just a few. They certainly cost less. Do they do more? How do they compare with the LeapPad and InnoTab… and what about the Nintendo 3DS? It all comes down to “bang for the buck,” with the “bang” being broken down to six factors: Ease of Use, Battery Life, Durability & Safety, App Availability and Overall Value. On page 4, you’ll learn that Android-based options have dramatically improved, and the quality and quantity of children’s titles in places like the Amazon App Store and Google Play is helping to make Android viable. So, when you factor in app availability, quality and price, these devices start to make sense. You’ve probably never heard of the MG, for example. It’s like an iPod Touch for Android, at half the price of a real iPod Touch. You can see how easy it is to find and install apps, here http://youtu.be/Q6b0_movLBo. Not all the Android news is good, however. Some tablets are poorly constructed and greatly overpromise on app selection, locking a child inside safe, but limited app choices. It is also important to consider “real” Android tablet options that fall into this price range, including the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire.

LittleClickers: Community Helpers
Our recent hurricane increased our town’s need for community helpers to raise money, collect clothing and toys. How can kids help? You just don’t just go outside and shout “I want to help!” right?  It turns out, sometimes just saying (or shouting) that you want to help is the first step to action. One page 3, we provide a list of sites and videos that can help you become a community helper.

Make a QR Code Scavenger Hunt
Jenny Ferrin, the Preschool Director at the Spanish River Christian School in Boca Raton, Florida recently sent in a photo, along with a story about how she’s been using her iPad loaded with one of the free QR reading apps (we used one called “Scan.”). To find one of the many free QR generating sites, search on “QR code.” According to Ferrin, “The teachers made a QR Code hunt for their class by modifying their original plans which included the students hunting for Mr. C’s Clues and the teacher reading each clue. The teachers created QR Codes [search on “QR Code”] that link to a narrated picture, using a free utility called Fotobabble (http://www.fotobabble.com/). The narrated instructions gave them instructions with clues to go to the next center.  The teachers have used the codes to give instructions, have children narrate artwork, link to sites they want their kids to explore and much more.  I think it is a great example of what you said in your webinar about taking teachers from a mindset of being a consumer of knowledge to becoming a creator of knowledge.”  (Thanks Jenny for sharing!)

TITLES IN THIS ISSUE

Animal Farm 3 in 1, page 9

Ansel & Claire: Paul Revere’s Ride, p. 9

*Arthur’s Teacher Trouble, p. 10

Batman: Stickers with Sounds, p. 10

Bloxy HD, p. 10

Bogga Alphabet, p. 11

Crazy Chinese Flashcards, p. 11

Create on Disney.com

Crossword Puzzles for Kids, p. 11

Cube, The (3D Printer), p. 28

Digits, The: Fraction Blast, p. 12

Disney Winnie the Pooh Wonder and Wander, p. 12

Fable (Android Tablet), p. 28

*Free Flow, p. 12

*Funky Barn, p. 13

Geo Challenge, p. 13

Gro Memo

Hexbug Warriors Battling Robots

Illumivor Mecha-Shark, p. 28

InnoTab 2s Learning App Tablet, p. 14

Interactive ABC HD Pre-reading for Kids

*Kindle Fire HD, p. 15

Kurio 7, p. 15

Learn Spanish: Little Blue Jackal, p. 15

Maze Adventures, p. 15

MEEP! Tablet, p. 16

*MG, p. 16

Moshi Monsters Moshlings Theme Park

Move the Turtle: Programming for Kids, p. 18

My First App Vehicles, p. 18

Nabi 2, p. 18

Nabi Jr., p. 29

Negative Nimbus, p. 19

Otter on his Own, p. 19

Peekaboo App – Peekaboo Presents, p. 19

Peekaboo People starring Busytown, p. 12

Quick Images, p. 20

Rabbids Land, p. 29

*Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures: Lions, p. 21

*Ride a Pony with Kate and Harry, p. 21

StoryBots Starring You StoryBooks, p. 22

Super Home Hero, p. 22

Tabeo, p. 23

Tagamoto City Road Set, p. 29

Tagamoto Enforcer Road Set, p. 30

Tagamoto Road Set, p. 30

The Magnificent Travelling Palace, p. 23

Toontastic Jr. Pirates, p. 30

*Trains by Byron Barton, p. 24

TV Games Touch

VINCI Tab II, p. 24

VINCI Tab M, p. 25

Webkinz Friends, p. 25

Where Do Balloons Go? p. 26

*Wii U, p. 26

Wonderbook: Book of Spells, p. 27

• denotes Editor’s Choice

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