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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. google_ad_client ...
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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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Zac And Zoey – The Hunt For The Secret Treasure

Review Excerpt: The first of a planned series of animated adventure appisodes, this app is free with adds, plus the option to pay $1.99 to have the ads removed. It features two twins, ...
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What Do I Wear? – Touch, Look, Listen

Review Excerpt: The fourth in the “Touch, Look and Listen” series from StoryToys, this stand alone app contains 65 common clothing items grouped into 11 categories — ...
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Toca Town

Review Excerpt: Toca Town lets you touch, tap and swipe your way through a small town, with five buildings and one park; each offering hidden surprises and a cast of 21 characters. ...
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Strange and Wonderful World of Ants

Review Excerpt: Three reading levels in the same book? Why not? While we’re at it, why not let a child pick the level they like, from any page? First published in 2011, The Strange ...
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Sounds for Fun – s, b, m, t, h, c

Review Excerpt: In this musical introduction to letters and letter sounds, each letter is introduced musically in rhyme, followed by a multiple-choice quiz, and a chance to trace the ...
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Shutterbugs: Wiggle and Stomp

Review Excerpt: In this free app from the Smithsonian Science Education Center. The idea is to show children how to describe movement and motion while virtually visiting animals in ...
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Sago Mini Space Explorer

Review Excerpt: The third in a series (see also Sago Mini Forest Flyer and Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer), this app uses a follow your finger design, where you help a character explore merely ...
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RIO 2 (Official App for the Movie)

Review Excerpt: In case you missed the movie, this 19 screen book-like app relives the key moments of how a family of macaw parrots finds a new home. Besides the story, presented as ...
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Reader Bee and the Story Tree

Review Excerpt: Here’s a 21st century bargain: an adaptive curriculum for emerging readers, with record keeping, for less than the cost of a cup of coffee. This big download (497 ...
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Plants

review Excerpt: This second app from Tinybop’s Little Explorer’s Library (see also Human Body, CTR Sept 13) can turn an iPad into a living forest or a desert ecosystem (more ...
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Pinsaic

Review Excerpt: This creativity app proves how a constraint (or limitation) can stimulate creativity. How? It turns your iPad screen into a peg board that can be filled with an endless ...
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Need For Speed: Rivals

Review Excerpt: This addition to the Need For Speed series takes a new approach, recycling some classic gameplay. It combines attributes of earlier titles (Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted) ...
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Monument Valley

Review Excerpt: This is a set of ten optical illusion maze puzzles that is ideal for a child in need of a challenge. Your goal is to move a tiny figure (named Ida) through a series ...
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Marina and the Light

Review Excerpt: Beautiful watercolor illustrations melt into one another, as you move through a 16 screen story that has no words. So you can supply the narrative. Children accompany ...
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MLB 14 The Show

Review Excerpt: Testers liked how the game stays true to the realism of baseball, supporting 1-4 players and has a number of modes, including quick play, franchise mode, and mini games. ...
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Labo Car Designer

Review Excerpt: iPad sketching and drawing programs are easy to find, but this is the first we’ve seen that lets you draw something that many children find fascinating — ...
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Inside Your Outside

Review Excerpt: Part of the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library series, this playful romp through human anatomy uses rhyme; for example “you have six hundred muscles and here’s ...
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Hopscotch: Coding for Kids

Review Excerpt: Update May 2014. Hopscotch now has a cleaner interface plus “abilities” that let you save scripts, so you can easily apply them to other characters. Other ...
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Grandpa in Space

Review Excerpt: Silly yet slightly scientific, this app playfully introduces sets of multiple-choice school readiness exercises with NASA facts and footage about the planets. Content ...
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Farm Pairs – Match Animals with Sounds

Review Excerpt: This is a game of concentration that uses animal pictures and sounds as clues. From the cluttered main menu, you are offered three options: 4 pairs, 8 pairs or 20 pairs. ...
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Dr. Panda’s Toy Cars

Review Excerpt: This app contains eight vehicles in two cities (about 8 screens, each) that you can “drive” by touching the screen. The vehicles follow your finger.  As ...
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Curious Ruler

Review Excerpt: Want to know how long your dog is? Turn your camera-equipped iPad, or iPhone, into a specialized measurement ruler, where you use common objects as units. You start ...
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Critter Cruise 

Review Excerpt: This app takes children on a road trip through North America and Canada. In order to get gas, you must take quizzes.  The game has four driving routes – Route ...
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Crayola Color, Draw & Sing

Review Excerpt: This interesting app combines a traditional screen-based coloring book with the tracks of a simple song, like “Row Your Boat.” The more parts of your picture ...
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Bubl Draw

Review Excerpt: What if you could “see” a sound? Turn your screen into a musical doodlepad, where taps become color bursts, bouncing dots, or lines that seem to have a life ...
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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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Wonky Donkey, The

Review Excerpt: This celebration of unconventional language comes from the printed book published by Scholastic, with a hillbilly guitar vocal by Craig Smith (Author), and illustrations ...
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Tower Math

Review Excerpt: This is a multiple-choice math drill combined with a tower defense game that is fast-paced, multileveled and addicting. Here’s how it works. There’s an approaching ...
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Superhero Sheep

Review Excerpt: Billing itself as “touchable television”, this innovative new app mixes interactive play with TV-quality video, from the PBS show Word World. In this interactive ...
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SpeakaZoo

Review Excerpt: Like Siri (Apple’s voice recognition helper) with animals, this app consists of a collection of animated, cleverly narrated talking animals that uses something ...
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Sago Mini Monsters

Review Excerpt: This app lets children decorate their own monster, and then feed him or her until all the food is gone. It is easy to snap a photo to share, and there are no limits ...
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Quick Clocks

Review Excerpt: Designed to help your child improve their time-telling and arithmetic skills, this app promotes the development of a concrete understanding of time through a variety ...
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Mr. Potato Head: Create & Play

Review Excerpt: Better late than never. We first heard of this app two years ago, but never had a chance to review it. But based on the fact that it is getting strong iTunes reviews, ...
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Monki Animal Builder

Review Excerpt: This monster creator lets you mix and match items like crazy eyes,  pig noses and octopus tentacles. It also includes accessories like a hats, glasses and jewelry. ...
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Mini-U: The Bathroom

Review Excerpt: Here’s a set of six games that deal with bathroom-related themes like sorting clothes, brushing teeth, popping bubbles (sorting colors) and tracing pictures in ...
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Incredible Numbers

Review Excerpt: This interactive book mixes clearly written middle and high school level reading with 71 interactive, embedded and finger-driven math demonstrations. As a result, this ...
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Geocaching

Review Excerpt: Technology meets fresh air and sunshine; with a generous dose of deductive reasoning, persistence and map reading — all in the form of Geocaching. The “treasures” ...
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Facciamo (Let’s Faces!)

Review Excerpt: Based on the art of Antonella Abbatiello, Facciamo (translated “Let’s Face It”) is like an interactive painting, with nine visual face experiments. ...

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