List/Grid Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Quest for the Best: Announcing the 2012 KAPi Awards

The Quest for the Best: Announcing the 2012 KAPi Awards Eight Products and Two Individuals Are Awarded the Kids at Play Interactive “KAPi” Award at the Consumer Electronics Show ...

iPads in K-3: Notes From Maine’s Leveraging Learning Institute

Blagojevic, B. (2011).  iPads in K-3: Notes From Maine’s Leveraging Learning Institute. Children’s Technology Review, December 2011, Vol. 19, No 12, Issue 141 p. 4-5. Download ...
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Wappy Dog

Review excerpt: This toy/screen experience turns your Nintendo DS into a remote control for a robotic dog. Instead of using standard infra-red signals, however, this dog is controlled ...
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uDraw Studio Instant Artist

Review excerpt: The Xbox 360 version of Instant Artist, the title that comes bundled with the $80 uDraw game tablet package, includes all the drawing basics — pencils, brushes, ...
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Toca Kitchen

Review excerpt: Toca Kitchen turns your iPad or iPhone into a virtual kitchen. You start by choosing from one of four characters to feed (a boy, girl, goat or cat).  You then choose ...
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There’s No Place Like Space

Review excerpt: Stretching the term “non-fiction,” The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library is an ebook adaptation of the  Dr. Seuss series, done in classic Oceanhouse Media ...
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Super Mario 3D Land

Review excerpt: Along with Mario Kart 7, this title marks Mario’s debut on the Nintendo 3DS. By combining the motion sensing abilities of the Nintendo 3DS with a 3D screen, you ...
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Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure Starter Pack

Review excerpt: Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure combines a video game with collectible toys, with a set of 32 plastic figurines (three come with it) that interact with the game using ...
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Scribblenauts Remix

Review excerpt: As with other editions of Scribblenauts, children use language to unlock puzzles, by typing in the items they need. Need to kill a shark? Type “hair dryer” ...
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Radica Mindflex Duel

Review excerpt: Two years after the the original Mindflex (CTR Feb 2009), comes Mindflex Duel — with two headsets for two players instead of one, and a higher price. The headset ...
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Pirate Puzzles

Review excerpt: This app features two puzzle sets, each with nine puzzles that start easy (with six large pieces) and become more difficult. A hint system makes trial and error possible. ...
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Pillow Pets

Review excerpt: Based on the children’s line of plush pillows from CJ Products, the idea is to collect accessories for your pets by completing each level. You also help pets find ...
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Oddballz Circus

Review excerpt: Mix-and-match different heads, bodies and legs of animals, in order to make a match. To change a part, you swipe. As more characters are created, more surprises are ...
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Noodle Words

Review excerpt: Noodle Words: Active Words Set 1, is a set of 18 words that wait quietly until you touch them. The trick is that every action is directly related to the word. In addition, ...
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Nikoli’s Pencil Puzzle

Review excerpt: This is a collection of 600 puzzles for one player. Games include Sudoku – the classic numbers game in 3D; Bridges – link all the islands on the screen with ...
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Nerf Digital Camera

Review excerpt: This 2.1 megapixel digital camera comes with a 1.5 inch LCD preview screen and uses three AAA batteries, not included. The interface is confusing to use. Features include ...
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Nabi

Review excerpt: This Kindle-sized Android powered tablet comes with a Kid Mode that gives parents what they’ve been asking for on an iPad — a parent-controlled, password-protected ...
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My Own Story Time Pad

Review excerpt: This toy delivers a close to endless supply of letter-related skits, stories and-or songs, delivered on a very low-tech black and white LCD screen. It is possible to ...
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Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo

Review excerpt: Now Moshi Monsters (the popular virtual world)can fit in your pocket, in the form of this one player Nintendo DS game. Your mission is to explore eight areas of the ...
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MadPad

Review excerpt: MadPad, the latest app from Smule (of Magic Piano and Ocarina fame), turns your camera equipped iPhone or iPad into a sound mix board. Instead of using existing songs ...
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Let’s Cheer

Review excerpt: To make the program, 2K Play told me that they used motion capture on professional cheerleaders, which adds a sense of realism to the models that you follow. If you ...
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Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Review excerpt: This one player Zelda game turns your Wii into a flying, sword-fighting puzzle solving adventure, complete with problem solving opportunities and reading.  Note the ...
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Kinect Disneyland Adventures

Review excerpt: Created by Frontier (the same studio that made Kinectimals) Kinect Disneyland Adventures lets you move around a realistic 3D version of Disneyland. To walk, you point ...
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Jim Henson’s Sid’s Science Fair

Review excerpt: Put a science center in your iPad, with this collection of three activities, featuring Sid the Science Kid characters. Following a noisy introduction — just like ...
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I SPY Castle

Review excerpt: As with other I SPY titles, the riddles form the basis of the castle theme. They also hide 12 mini games and three logic puzzles. The more riddles you solve, the more ...
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Fortune Street

Review excerpt: Combine the board game Monopoly with the zany spirit of Nintendo and you get Fortune Street, a fast-paced business game that contains 15 game boards based on popular ...
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Flat Stanley (App)

Review excerpt: Inspired by the 1963 book “Flat Stanley” by Jeff Brown and moved into the age of apps and Facebook by Dale Hubert, a Canadian elementary teacher, the Flat ...
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Fingerprint Play Maker

Review excerpt: This is part of a series of apps that feature a new Mom-Comm tracking mechanism, that lets you look over the should on what your child does using Facebook or email. ...
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Fetch Lunch Rush

Review excerpt: One of the first ever math facts programs to use augmented reality, Lunch Rush provides an “out of device” experience. Here’s how it works. After you ...
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Everybody Dance

Review excerpt: Using the PlayStation Move controller and PlayStation Eye camera to track and score moves, you can test your dancing skills with three difficulty levels, each featuring ...
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DoodleCast for Kids

Review excerpt: This “talk and draw” experience makes self-narrating and sharing a drawing into a nearly one-step process, providing you have an iPad. In addition, having ...
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Disney AppMates

Review excerpt: Disney AppMates ($20 for two) are matchbox-sized cars that transform the multi-touch screen into a slippery playspace, where roads and ramps scroll automatically. The ...
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DanceDanceRevolution II

Review excerpt: After you plug in one or two mats into your Wii (for one or two players, or one player with two mats), you can choose from 80 music tracks that include classics and ...
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Color Monster

Review excerpt: This app is designed to teach children the names of common colors using a hungry but friendly monster. There are 10 language options (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, ...
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Bobo Explores Light

Review excerpt: Bobo Explores Light is an example of how an app can let children aged 7-up play with — and better understand –  an abstract concept; in this case light. ...
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Big Kid Life: Firefighter

Review excerpt: This set of timed maze game challenges is embedded with multiple-choice problems. For example, in order to use a ladder to rescue a kitten, you must “find and ...
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Big Kid Life: Fairy Princess

Review excerpt: This is one of the four new free FingerPrint apps created by former Leapfrog executive Nancy MacIntyre. See also Big Kid Life: Firefighter. In this title, children are ...
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Antique ABCs

Review excerpt: The contents of this app are based on 26 hand-engraved alphabet prints made by the famous German lithographer Joseph Martin Kronheim (1810-1896). There are three modes: ...
CTR December 2011

CTR December 2011: iPads in K-3, 2012 KAPi Awards & Car Tech

Children’s Technology Review • December 2011 • Vol. 19, No 12, Issue 141 Subscribers, log in for instant access to this issue as a PDF. Not a subscriber? Get 12 pdf issues ...
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Third Annual KAPi Award Winners Announced

EIGHT PRODUCTS AND TWO INDIVIDUALS TO BE AWARDED THE KIDS AT PLAY INTERACTIVE “KAPi” AWARD AT CES 2012 See the complete narrative on the awards, here. New York City, December 12, ...
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