List/Grid Monthly Archives: January 2013

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Tablets for Kids 2012

Tablets for Kids: Which deliver the most bang for the buck? EDITOR’S NOTE: This is dated content. See the December 2013 issue.  CTR is an independent, ad free publication. The ...
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How Big is the EdTech Market?

January 15, 2013  The  Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) released the following report last month that suggests opportunities and challenges in education funding ...
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LittleBits

Review Excerpt: LittleBits is a system of modular electronics that snap together with magnets. Each block, or module, has a unique function. There are several types of switches, LED ...
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Lee Paso a Paso

Review Excerpt: This app is designed to help children learn “the basics” of Spanish. The app is geared to both children who speak Spanish as a first language and are just ...
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Laloo the Red Panda

Review Excerpt: This 30 screen animated story comes with an environmental, “save an endangered species” agenda. The animal is the red panda, and the story is about how a ...
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Kindergarten Reading

Review Excerpt: This app features nine fast-paced early reading activities designed to introduce and reinforce the first sight words, like dog, cat and zoo. The games feature Milo the ...
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iGo Chinese: Your First Chinese Friend, Volume 1

Review Excerpt: Designed to teach beginning Chinese, this app combines a story, music and a quiz. It uses the IQChinese Type-to-Learn Methodology, that shows a keyboard, shows you a ...
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IdentiKat

Review Excerpt: Make your own cat collage, with this creativity experience that comes directly from Torino, Italy. There are two modes — free play and build from memory. The free ...
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I Spy With Lola HD

Review Excerpt: This app effectively takes the common hunt-and-find play pattern down a notch by way of a series of carefully leveled challenges, clear labels and a playful theme. The ...
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Go Go Games

Review Excerpt: Three classification games start easy, and progressively get more challenging. The transportation theme will have a strong appeal to some children. The activities are ...
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Geography Drive USA

Review Excerpt: This well-designed geography trivia game turns your iPad into a set of USA flash cards, drilling you on 750 bits of information. These include state abbreviations, major ...
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Elmo Story Collection

Review Excerpt: Six digitized Sesame Street books are housed in one starter library, called Elmo’s Bookshelf, in this bite-sized portion of the subscription-based Sesame Street ...
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Count to 100!

Review Excerpt: In this interactive counting board, you start by setting up your number board with a challenge, such as to skip count by  2s, 5s, 10s and 25s. There’s also a ...
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Color Uncovered

Review Excerpt: Turn your iPad into a hands-on exhibit right out of San Francisco’s Exploratorium with this collection of 16 light/color experiments. There are sixteen topics ...
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Bugs and Numbers

Review Excerpt: Third in the series, Bugs and Numbers contains 18 games and activities, designed around a bug city. The app is organized into three basic stages, to grow with your child ...
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My Look and Find Book

Review Excerpt: This hunt-and-find experience features wonderful illustrations from German artist Ali Mitgutsch. The goal is to explore each detailed scene, in search of specific clues, ...
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Mathtopia+

Review Excerpt: Mathtopia+ provides math drills, by putting sums inside a Tetris-like game board. As new numbers drip down the screen, you match the sums as quickly as you can. When ...
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Oh the Pets You Can Get

Review Excerpt: This is another solid addition to Oceanhouse Media’s “The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library.”  If you’ve used any previous Oceanhouse Media ...
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The Orchestra

Review Excerpt: Dissect the inner workings of a working symphonic orchestra, with this well crafted, immersive musical experience. Content includes eight carefully documented performances ...
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PHLIP

Review Excerpt: PHLIP is a spatial relations puzzle where you “flip” or turn your screen left or right, like a steering wheel, to change the orientation of a set of tiles, ...
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Red Fox at Hickory Lane

Review Excerpt: Another in the Smithsonian series of science-related apps, this app tells the story of Mother and Father Fox as they teach their four cubs to hunt, escape danger and ...
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Rita the Lizard

Review Excerpt: Based on the print book, this eBook tells the story of a tiny lizard with an identity crises; Rita thinks she’s a chameleon like her uncle William, and you must ...
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Rounds: Parker Penguin

Review Excerpt: The second in the a series of non-fiction apps that deal with life-cycles, Rounds: Parker Penguin lets children participate in a G-rated version of each stage of penguin ...
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Scarlet Flower Fairy Tale

Review Excerpt: This is a 51 screen Russian folk variation of the story of beauty and the beast, adapted from a 19th century version by Russian writer Sergey Aksakov. The app features ...
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Scribblenauts Unlimited

Review Excerpt: Now available for the both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS (as well as Windows) this edition of Scribblenauts contains more new words and related images plus a new set of challenges. ...
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Silverlit Interactive Bluetooth R/C Porsche 911 Carrera

Review Excerpt: This R/C Porsche 911 Carrera lets you use your iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad as your remote control. The car measures 11” x 4.5” x 3.5” and requires 4 AA batteries ...
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Sneaky Sam

Review Excerpt: Featuring colorful illustrations by Australian Binny Talib (www.binny.com.au), this 11 screen story is about a boy who likes to cause mischief by spraying a cat with ...
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Thinkin’ Things 1: Toony the Loon’s Lagoon

Review Excerpt: Back in the days of mono-touch and non-HD graphics, Thinkin’ Things was cutting edge. The first edition scored 5 stars back in 1993; one of the first and few software ...
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Thomas’s Travel in Bookland

Review Excerpt: In this app, Thomas, a young boy, finds himself locked in the library where he meets Little Red Riding Hood, the Wolf, Alice and other famous children’s literature ...
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Toca Hair Salon 2

Review Excerpt: This second edition of Toca Hair Salon is just as zany, with some added frosting that makes it more fun. The app is more similar than different than the first edition, ...
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Toddler Maze 123

Review Excerpt: Here’s a great starter app for introducing even young children to the mechanics of a multi-touch screen. Content consists of 20 simple mazes, shown in sequence ...
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Toontastic Jr. Pirates

Review Excerpt: Toontastic Jr. is a simplified and limited iPad or iPhone puppet-making experience that comes with a built in pirate theme. It locks you into a three-scene template, ...
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Be There: Yosemite

Review Excerpt: Supplement your trip to Yosemite next summer, with a preview of what you might see, with your choice of ten 360 degree panoramas located in Yosemite Valley. The app ...
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2013 BolognaRagazzi Digital Jurors

BolognaRagazzi Digital Award The Jury of the BolognaRagazzi Digital Award will be consisting of international experts active in digital publishing and illustration. Warren Buckleitner, Children’s ...
CTR January 2013, Vol 21, No. 1, Issue 154

CTR January 2013: Trends, Predictions and the KAPi Awards

2012 —> Tablets with Android Apps, the Mini & Surface, The Android Awakening, Embodied Cognition and the Pedagogical Renaissance…. ..not to mention “narrative driven ...
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2013 KAPi Winners

Living in Digital Times and Children’s Technology Review Announce 2013 KAPi Award Winners The Most Innovative in Children’s Technology to be honored on Thursday, January 10 ...
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LEGO Announces LEGO Mindstorms EV3

This week at CES, LEGO unveiled Mindstorms EV3 ($350,www.LEGOeducation.us/mindstorms). About  the size of a bar of soap and powered by 6 AA batteries, the controller comes with the ...

LEGO Mindstorms Infographic

Here’s the “infographic” that will be released at CES 2013. LEGO MINDSTORMS Infographic
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