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CTREX Server Outage Report

Throughout the Summer, we’ve been working on our new database, which involves moving between servers and putting more review information in the cloud. While the process has mostly ...
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CTR August 2014

Children’s Technology Review Aug 2014 Volume 22, No. 8, Issue 173 The following is a summary of the issue. The full issue is sent to paid subscribers by email. To get this issue, ...
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How to Make $1 Million on Children’s Apps

Pierre Abel is living proof that you can make a solid living making children’s apps without the help of a big PR firm or licensed characters. You don’t need a fancy studio name, ...
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CTR July 2014: How to Make $1 Million on Apps for Kids, Plus 53 Fresh Reviews

NOTE: The complete issue is available to paid subscribers.   Children’s Technology Review July 2014 Volume 22, No. 7, Issue 172 Happy summer! I wish it meant less work, but June ...
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Working With the Press: Do’s and Don’ts

Here’s a presentation I gave last week at the Dust or Magic AppFest at the Co.Lab in San Francisco. It might help you better understand how to pitch new products to us.
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App Bundles, Better Searching and Test Flight Come to iTunes

IT was a nice day for Toca Boca yesterday, whose name came up twice during Apple’s annual WWDC meeting in San Francisco. With Apple’s new iOS, announced yesterday at the ...
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CTR June 2014: Picky Teacher’s New Database, Geeks and Growth Trajectories

Children’s Technology Review June 2014, Volume 22, No. 6, Issue 171 Your June CTR is a 20 page monthly publication, with 42 recent apps, video games and CAI learning systems. This ...
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CTR May 2014: Let’s Go Geocaching

Children’s Technology Review May 2014 Volume 22, No. 5, Issue 170   Literacy Theory Meets iPads In the image below, literacy researcher William Teale sees a yet -to-be-released app ...
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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 Marina Bers at Tufts University; where I saw an early version of ScratchJr running on an iPad. Bers is a former student of ...
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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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