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Double Double

Review Excerpt: This collection of eighteen black and white visual puzzles challenges your conception of right side up and upside down.  You learn that shifting your point of view ...
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Dexteria Dots

Review Excerpt: This app uses a “Fruit Ninja” (slice) approach to let children play with Math concepts like number sense, counting, addition, subtraction, and greater-than ...
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Daniel in the Lion’s Den

Review Excerpt: A bible story comes to life, in the context of a solid “Living Book” shell.  Content consists of ten (10) fully animated pages, touch and hear text that ...
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Buzz Monster

Review Excerpt: This quiz game for 2-3 players lets teachers create their own Jeopardy style games and share them from one to many iPads. It comes from Australia, from the creators ...
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Busy Shapes

Review Excerpt: You can’t fit a round peg in a square hole. But you can have a fun time trying in this responsive set of auto-correcting classification puzzles, which have been ...
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Amico Ragnolo

Review Excerpt: Amico Ragnolo follows the beginning of an adventure between two unusual friends; a duck and a spider. It starts when the duck finds Ragnolo the spider on a lettuce leaf, ...
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1000 Adventures

Review Excerpt: Books full of hot spots are common; so it’s nice when the animated effects tie into something dear to any child — his or her imagination Made in Spain and ...

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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Zoo Tycoon for XBox One

Review Excerpt: When does hardware make software better? When it’s Zoo Tycoon, running on the new Xbox One game console. As with previous versions, Zoo Tycoon features several ...
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Walking With Dinosaurs: Dino Run

Review Excerpt: This “Temple Run” type of running game is very different than previous Walking With Dinosaurs apps. Features include a variety of levels that get progressively ...
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Sonic Lost World

Review Excerpt: Sonic is fast and fun, in this co-op or competitive two player racing game. We tested the Wii U version. In the story, Dr. Eggman has harnessed the power of six menacing ...
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Sock Monster

Review Excerpt: From Scotland, comes a ten screen story that provides an answer to the age-old question: “where do missing socks go?” Sock Monster is a small squirrel-sized ...
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Shiny Bakery

Review Excerpt: Cooking can be messy and complicated; but not with this app. The easy to use, clean interface makes it an ideal starter app for older preschoolers or Pre-K learners. ...
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Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure

Review Excerpt: You are Maxwell, in a DC Comics city such as Gotham City, Metropolis or  Atlantis. In order to stop various evil schemes, you type or sketch words to summon items from ...
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Sago Mini Doodlecast

Review Excerpt: Note: This was formerly called DoodleCast for Kids by zinc Roe. This drawing app lets you simultaneously record your voice as you draw, then play back your drawings ...
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Polaroid Kids Tablet 2

Review Excerpt: This second edition tablet’s features are typical: a 7″ display, a dual-core processor and an Android 4.2 operating system, plus parental controls, and a ...
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Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time

Review Excerpt: This classic strategy timing game has been infused with a new set of interactive play opportunities, zombie puns and in-app purchase options. If you’ve played ...
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PJ’s PJs – Giraffes!

Review Excerpt: Clear fictional illustrations and nice quality music help children better understand Giraffes. In the story Percival Jenkins loves bedtime and his amazing animal pajamas. ...
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OverColor

Review Excerpt: This visual brainteaser asks you to copy a model, using a set of geometric overlays. The puzzles start easy and get harder; or you can easily jump to a harder level ...
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Neos 360 Accessible

Review Excerpt: This is a newer (2013) adaptation of the Neos 360 System from playground equipment manufacturer Playworld Systems. There are four models of NEOS systems: 360 Original ...
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Movable Alphabet – A Montessori Approach to Language

Review Excerpt: There are now over 500 Montessori-related apps in the iTunes store, and as you might expect, quality varies. This is one of the low quality examples. It starts by offering ...
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Minnie Fashion Tour

Review Excerpt: In this app, you start with either Minnie Mouse or Daisy Duck, and can rotate through menus of shoes, dresses, head-ware and accessories. There’s also a choice ...
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Miles and Miles of Reptiles – All About Reptiles

Review Excerpt: Oceanhouse Media’s The Cat in the Hat Learning Library continues to expand, with this playful collection of facts about reptiles, including snakes, lizards, turtles, ...
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Mickey Mouse: Mash-Up

Review Excerpt: This collection of coloring tools and six arcade-style games is fused into a high quality Disney cartoon called No Service. In the story, Mickey and Donald swap clothing ...
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Magical Fairy Friends: Dorothy the Rainbow Fairy

Review Excerpt: Dorothy the Rainbow Fairy is a 16 screen ebook that is loosely based on the science of light, with graphic elements that you can control. Each page has a rainbow colored ...
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LEGO Friends Storymaker

Review Excerpt: Why read a book when you can make one? This free set of LEGO branded creativity tools has glitches when it comes time to publish, but it succeeds in giving children ...
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Journeys of Invention

Review Excerpt: Eighty rare and historic objects — like an Apple 1 and the Apollo 10 command module — are brought to life on your iPad’s screen, through crisp Touch ...
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Jake’s Never Land Shapes and Patterns

Review Excerpt: This combination ebook/shape app features three didactic shape games that vary in quality but are not well integrated into the story, and a Puppet making activity that ...
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Jack and the Beanstalk by Nosy Crow

Review Excerpt: As with many ebooks, you start with the choice of two confusing options — “Read and Play” and “Read by Myself” (ironically, both require ...
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I Learn With Transportation

Review Excerpt: Featuring animated vehicles designed to deliver child-controlled language exploration in Spanish or English, this app lets children touch and hear the labels for types ...
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Hexbug Battle Spider

Review Excerpt: The Hexbug Battle Spider is the first mechanical Hexbug designed for two-person play. The battling robots have a remote control and feature futuristic voice and sound ...
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Elements in Action

Review Excerpt: First there was The Elements. Now comes Elements in Action, an app that is smaller in download size and price. This time you explore 79 videos of the elements. The videos ...
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Pines to Vines – The Forest Biome

Review Excerpt: This poster-child example of what a tablet-delivered textbook can look like, Pines to Vines is a large (378 MB) stand-alone app, that mixes traditional text with interactive ...
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Disney Princess Royal Salon

Review Excerpt: Help! Cinderella, Ariel, Belle and Rapunzel are in need of a hair style, outfit, shoes and accessories in time for one of four special events. Each event (a Royal Ball, ...
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Design and Play: Monster Cute Jewels

Review Excerpt: This app lets you make jewelry for zany looking monsters, using 3D beads made from themed collections of things like sea creatures, monster parts, colored glass, and ...
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Busytown Mysteries

Review Excerpt: This is a slightly interactive animated mystery featuring Richard Scarry inspired Busytown characters. This app uses a “freeview” technique, that requires ...
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Big Grips Slim

Review Excerpt: We tried the new “slim” on our iPad 3, and found that it wasn’t very slim, but does offer excellent protection. Also available: the Big Grips Wedge ...
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The Berenstain Bears Lose A Friend

Review Excerpt: This 27 screen story brings another Berenstain Bears story to the touch screen, with text scaffolding techniques that includes object labeling by way of zoom out word ...

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