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Digital Passport

Review Excerpt: Available as a Flash website or as an app, and designed specifically to deliver free curriculum with the side benefit of building an email list of schools for the publisher,  ...
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Roblox

Review Excerpt: Roblox is both an online community for kids ages 8-16 and a set of game generation tools. The Roblox site (www.roblox.com) contains a collection of home-made games that ...
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Rijksmuseum Online Art Collection

Review Excerpt: Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum https://www.rijksmuseum.nl is a free, online archive of 125,000 high resolution images. Each image gives you the ability to zoom in, making ...
scoot

Scoot & Doodle

Review excerpt: Scoot & Doodle works specifically with Google Hangout (you need a G+ account to use it) so that children can draw and doodle, with up to ten other people — ...
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MathBlaster.com

Review excerpt: MathBlaster.com is a 3D virtual world where you are sent on various missions. The idea is to join the Intergalactic Space Patrol (ISP), a team of Blasters sworn to explore ...
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ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy

Review excerpt: This subscription-based curriculum for preschool through kindergarten lets children explore a wide variety of content in a structured way. After you log in, and pay ...
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World Book Early World of Learning

Review excerpt: Early World of Learning, found at http://www.worldbookonline.com/ewol/home, is a collection of several hundred flash-based stories, animated poems and simple games. ...
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PBS Kids Play! (www.pbskidsplay.org)

Review excerpt: This year’s edition is based entirely in Flash, so no downloads or installations are needed. All you need is a Mac or Windows computer and a speedy web connection.There’s ...
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Mission-US (www.mission-us.org)

Review excerpt: Mission US is a free (grant funded) adventure game that teaches US history. In Mission 1: For Crown or Colony? you help Nat Wheeler, a 14-year-old printer’s apprentice ...
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LPSO (Littlest Pet Shop Online) Starter Pack

Review excerpt: The LPSO Starter Pack includes a 1 inch tall  rubber figurine, with a code that you type in at www.LPSO.com to upgrade your membership from “basic” to “premium” ...
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Zoodles

Review excerpt: Zoodles is an Adobe-air based app that is designed to put pre-selected materials at your child’s fingertips; while keeping everything else out.  The idea is to ...
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Seek Your Own Proof

Review excerpt: Seek Your Own Proof is a web-delivered detective adventure that follows the story of three investigative siblings – Aidan, Milanie, and Heiko Munro on a series ...
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Disney Pixar The World of Cars Online (www.worldofcars.com)

Review excerpt: Fresh from Disney, a children’s virtual world based on the movie Cars, making it possible to drive into Radiator Springs, chat with other car avatars, enter races, ...
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www.mixels.com

Review Excerpt: After you setup your child’s account, you can create a schedule, and then see a log of what your child has done, while using the Mixels service. It is possible ...
kungfu

Kung Fu Panda World (www.kungfupandaworld.com)

Review Excerpt: Kung Fu Panda World (KFPW) is a richly animated Flash-10 based online destination for children aged 8-up that is free to register and play, or available as a subscription ...

Putting YouTube on YouTube

Not shown in the video, besides the selection of tasty food in the cafeteria, was a walking tour through some of the cubicles, where I met some Steve Grove’s news team (with a ...
moshi

Moshi Monsters (www.moshimonsters.com)

Review Excerpt: Update 2010: Now a thriving social community, (much like Club Penguin) Moshi Monsters (www.moshimonsters.com) is a family of six zany monsters that live in their own ...
fantage

Fantage (www.fantage.com)

Review Excerpt: Fantage, or “fantastic age” is a responsive, safe and no-fail MMO that resembles Club Penguin back in the good old days, minus the penguins. The Fantage ...
zon

Zon (www.enterzon.com)

Review Excerpt: Zon is a free (registration required) virtual world — or MMOG — designed to teach English speakers Chinese language and culture through games and chat. There ...
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Wonder Rotunda (www.wonderrotunda.com)

Review Excerpt: Great science and ecology content is combined with low levels of interactivity and a didactic presentation in Wonder Rotunda (www.wonderrotunda.com), a subscription-based ...

Intel’s Infoscape: Imagine One of These in your School’s Lobby

Intel’s Infoscape is a prototype that was being shown at CES 2010. Here’s what I learned. There are two screens, each powered by a single i7 chip, which was the point of ...
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Cator, Kelly and Genachowski Visit KAP

  Visiting Kids @ Play for an afternoon panel; three individuals who will probably do the most to shape the future of how children will use technology in the next few years, ...
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Smiley Central Studio (www.smileycentralstudio.com)

Review Excerpt: Following the tried-and-true “buy a toy, get a password” business model, Smiley Central Studio consists of a set of $10 smiley toys, each with a password ...
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Google’s Lock SafeSearch Feature

Review Excerpt: This is a new feature that lets you password-protect your browser, so that the only Google search option is strict filtering, designed to remove explicit language and ...

Amazing Icebergs on YouTube

Here’s this month’s iceberg video playlist on YouTube, all about icebergs. It contains the ten videos from the January issue.
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DreamBox Learning

Review Excerpt: What do you get when you cross former Microsoft executives with some dedicated math educators? A state-of-the-art online math curriculum ($13/month at www.dreambox.com). ...
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Kerpoof.com (www.kerpoof.com)

Review Excerpt: Note: in 2009, Kerpoof was acquired by Disney, and the company was asked to make the creativity portal for Disney.com.  See also: Disney Create. Well-designed, free ...
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Design a Cell Phone

Can you create a cell phone your grandparents could easily use, and would purchase? That’s the challenge behind this free, Flash based simulation from Edheads, a group that has ...
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Deep Brain Stimulation

Review Excerpt: Based on a real surgical procedure, this step-by-step simulation teaches you how to implant a small electrode in the center of a patient’s brain. The process, ...
Digital Painter

Create on Disney.com http://disney.go.com/create

Create on Disney.com (http://disney.go.com/create) is a suite of four open-ended activities that pushes the envelope for web-delivered creativity tools. Because it uses raster graphics ...

Symptoms That the Digital Future Has Arrived

What’s colorless, odorless and has been silently seeping into your child’s backpack, classroom, playroom and library? Your child’s digital future. After 25 years of rosy predictions ...

Bringing Meaning to Historical Events

Forty years ago, on July 20, 1969, I was a 10-year-old attending a summer camp in Michigan. I can clearly recall the day we were herded into the camp’s mess hall to watch the moon ...
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