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In Defense of Edutainment: A 1998 Challenge to Seymour Papert

April 17, 2014. This week I had the pleasure of visiting the Marina Bers at Tufts University; where I saw an early version of ScratchJr running on an iPad. Bers is a former student ...
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Orbotix Announces SPRK for Schools

Colorado based toy maker Orbotix today announced the launch of SPRK (pronounced spark), a curriculum designed to appeal to educators.  Content includes apps like Draw-N-Drive; one ...
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Apple’s Letter to Parents About In-App Purchases

On April 9, 2014, I received the following email from Apple’s iTunes.  It represents a much improved effort by Apple in the past 12 months to take care of families and parents. How ...
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CTR April 2014: Slice Fractions, Research Questions and Lessons in AppCraft

Children’s Technology Review April 2014 Volume 22, No. 4, Issue 169  Welcome to April 2014 Your April CTR (sent to paid subscribers) will skim you through some noteworthy apps, ...

Editorial: It’s Time for Universal Student Portfolio

Geekdad Asked, So I Answered… Facebook Should Buy the College Board (sort of) Let me be clear that I’m not suggesting that the SAT should be eliminated. But I am suggesting ...
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CTR March 2014: Max, Mavericks, the SAT, Toys, and the 2014 BolognaRagazzi Digital Award

Children’s Technology Review March 2014 Volume 22, No. 3, Issue 168 Subscribers can download the file from inside the finder “When you turn 4, you will have doubled in size from ...
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The 2014 BolognaRagazzi Digital Award Results and Commentary

Download this article as a PDF. It might have a funny name, but if your job has anything to do with children’s books it’s worth your time to examine the top 20 apps identified ...
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CTR Feb 14: Six ways tech is changing play; Sochi links

“If you tell them what to draw, they won’t imagine anymore.”  From the video Unimagined Friends (http://vimeo.com/85147506) from The Animation Workshop. Shared by Elio Grieco ...
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2014 KAPi Award Winners and Script

2014 KAPi Award Ceremony Script FINAL EDITION Las Vegas Convention Center North Hall Room N255 6:00 PM ROBIN Welcome to the 2014 KAPi Prize ceremony, where we recognize and celebrate ...
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Press Release: Kurio Phone Announced at CES

THIS IS THE UNEDITED TEXT OF A PRESS RELEASE ISSUED JANUARY 5, 2014 Techno Source and KD Interactive INTRODUCE KURIO PHONE, THE SAFEST SMARTPHONE™ FOR KIDS   Makers of the Best-selling ...
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January 2014: The year in review, trends, best apps, Minecraft, Halo advice

Children’s Technology Review January 2014 Volume 22, No. 1, Issue 166 NOTE: CTR is an ad free publication. This is a preview of the January issue. The full issue is available ...
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December 2013 Volume 21, No. 12, Issue 165: List of Reviews

      Children’s Technology Review December 2013 Volume 21, No. 12, Issue 165 LIST OF REVIEWS IN THIS ISSUE Acer C720 Chromebook* Agent P: DoofenDASH Alphabeasties ...
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CTR December 13: Best Tablets for Kids, Fisher-Price’s iPad Seat and Cookies

Welcome to the preview for the December 2013 issue of  Children’s Technology Review. Full access to this 36 page issue is available to paid subscribers. CTR, December 2013 ...
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A Toast to David Pogue

By Warren Buckleitner It’s now been a month since David Pogue’s rather unceremonious last column in the New York Times, and if you’re like me, you may be suffering from “Pogueian ...
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Using Technology to Support Informal Learning

During the recent Tech for the Early Years Conference at Erikson Institute I captured a wonderful exploration of how technology can affect family by Liza Sullivan called “A Family ...
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Choosing an iPad Stylus for Young Children

Last month (October 2013) I (Warren Buckleitner) was in Chicago for the 2nd Annual Tech for the Early Years Conference at Erikson Institute where I met Tamera Kaldar, a Developmental ...
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Press Release: Samsung and Fingerprint Network Want Android Apps for Children

– This is Press Release Copy – SAMSUNG AND FINGERPRINT PARTNER TO CREATE MOBILE PLAY AND LEARN NETWORK FOR KIDS; COMPANIES LAUNCH INITIATIVE TO DRIVE APP DEVELOPMENT Kids’ ...
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The Relationship Between Software Design and Children’s Engagement

Buckleitner, W (2006). The relationship between software design and children’s engagement. Early Education and Development, 17(3), 489-505. Abstract This study was an attempt ...
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Pocket Rockets: The Past, Present, and Future of Children’s Portable Computing

Pocket Rockets: The Past, Present, and Future of Childrens Portable Computing. In: Allison Druin, editor: Mobile Technology for Children, Boston: Morgan Kaufmann, 2009, pp. 43-61. This ...
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Is There a Reasonable Approach to Handling Violence in Video Games?

[NOTE THIS IS AN ARCHIVED POST, MIGRATED FROM OUR OLD SITE] On June 14, 2006 Children’s Technology Review’s Editor, Warren Buckleitner provided testimony to a congressional ...
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Sony PlayStation 4 Review Units Released Yesterday

The PS4 day has arrived, in terms of advance press access to the new consoles — so we’re headed into New York City and have been told we’ll be able to bring back ...
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Illustrating for Interactive Design

A presentation given on Friday, November 8 2013 at the  Illustrators Inc. in Dublin, Ireland by Warren Buckleitner Fingal’s Year of Illustration Professional Development Day for ...
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CTR November 2013: Stylus Advice, Dutch Treats, Tablets and Vicky Rideout

November 2013 Volume 21, No. 11, Issue 164 Welcome to the 164th monthly issue of Children’s Technology Review. This month, I’m taking you to Chicago to talk about touch screen ...
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A Conversation With Vicky Rideout: Summarizing “Zero to Eight Children’s Media Use in America 2013″

From the November 2013 issue of Children’s Technology Review, page 6. Download this article as a PDF. BY SCOTT TRAYLOR For those of us that work in children’s media, there’s ...

CTR Weekly Sample

WHEN? Delivered to your email every Wednesday morning at 6:00 AM COST? It is part of your paid subscription, which also includes database access and the regular monthly issue. WHAT ...
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Announcing Mech Mice, A Turn Based Strategy Game

What do you get when passionate geniuses have funding (in this case, their own?)  How about a new, highly creative virtual world? From two of the Club Penguin founders, Lance Priebe ...
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Make a Mini Jumbotron on a Shoestring

Our library director was interested in setting up an affordable, powerful, multi-purpose digital bulletin board for less than $1000. I designed one for $976, not counting taxes, shipping ...
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CTR October 2013: Beautiful Apps, Pumpkins, the Queen and Mini Jumbotrons

CTR, October 2013 Vol. 21, No 10, Issue 163 Welcome to the 163rd monthly issue of Children’s Technology Review, with 40 reviews, and 13 Editor’s Choice selections. This month, ...
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ClickN KIDS Tablet Breaks $100 Barrier

And in this corner… weighing in with a price 1/3 less than nearly every other kids tablet this fall — and Walmart distribution — the ClickN KIDS  Tablet ($100, from ...
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Nintendo Spotlights the 2DS This Holiday Season

If you read between the press releases, you can deduce that Nintendo has high hopes for the affordable Nintendo 2DS ($130, Nintendo of America) this holiday season. Unlike the regular ...
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Thinking Outside the Page: Four Views of Children’s eBooks

Here is my presentation from the “eBooks in Early Literacy: Science, Design, Decision” conference in September 2013. Here is the link to download the PDF —->  ebooks-eel13 Comments ...

Facebook Likes For Sale

Today’s “EPA” (Evil Practice Alert”) comes from a “Mr. Nick Grey” who sent me the following email, asking me to buy “likes” for our new ...
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Sesame Street Family Play Puts 150 Family Games Into One App

Like a recipe book for play ideas (reading required) this is a mostly non-interactive resource from Sesame Street.  THE FOLLOWING IS THE UNEDITED TEXT OF A PRESS RELEASE: Producers ...

How *Not* to Design a Children’s eBook

Children’s storytellers have a long history of tapping into state-of-the-art technology. Whether it was achieved with charcoal drawings and shadows from a torch, or the three color ...
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Red Burns Dies at 88

by Warren Buckleitner Red Burns, who co-founded NYU’s ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program) died last month. See NYTimes obituary at http://nyti.ms/17HZ1dT. I was fortunate ...
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A Parent’s Guide to iTunes

Apple has been beefing up the parental controls in iTunes. See http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1904 for the latest. Here’s a summary: Don’t share your Apple ID. Apple wants children ...
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Tracking Your Child With “Find My iPhone” — and Other Back to School Advice

by Warren Buckleitner Last month I wrote an article called A Digital Back to School List for the New York Times.   As is typical in such articles, I collected more material than ...
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Book Review: Beyond Remote Controlled Childhood

 They’re everywhere these days — glassy-eyed children staring into unblinking screens, as the real world passes by. This can be disturbing to grownups, and it really bothers Diane ...
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CTR September 2013: Daniel Tiger’s Excellent App

September 2013 Volume 21, No. 9, Issue 162 This is an excerpt letter from the editor, from the September 2013 issue of  Children’s Technology Review – an ad-free publication ...
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tabeo e2 from Toys R Us: Press Release and Images

Coming in October 2013 to your Toys R Us store, the second edition of the tabeo e2 (spelled all lower case, as “tabeo e2, ” $150, www.tabeo.com) with a faster processor, twice ...
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