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Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

Review Excerpt: Here’s your ticket to Russia, for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Events include curling, skiing, and figure skating pairs, as well as a new event: snowboard slopestyle. ...
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Magikid Numbers

Review Excerpt: Made in China, this is a nicely illustrated and clearly narrated set of storybooks designed specifically to teach number-related words. Each page had numerals either ...
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Lonely Beast 123, The

Review Excerpt: Simple, clear animated screens invite the question: can you count to 12? This app — featuring the famous large black beast from Irish illustrator Chris Judge, ...
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Little Scholar (Android Tablet)

Review Excerpt: School Zone; the Michigan-based publisher known for higher quality flash cards, software and workbooks, now has it’s own digital platform, thanks to low cost Android ...
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LeapPad Ultra

Review Excerpt: LeapPad Ultra, as with past gadgets from Leapfrog, combines the two things parents want above good game play –  durability and security. But now, for the first ...
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Kurio 4, 7, and 10

Review Excerpt: NOTE: The 2013 edition of Kurio comes with a faster processor and a new $100 4 inch model.  Here’s a summary of the Kurio 7: well-intentioned parental management ...
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Just Dance 2014

Review Excerpt: The newest edition of Just Dance mixes new moves with new songs that include Pitbull featuring Chirstina Aguilera’s “Feel This Moment”, Psy’s ...
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Hopscotch: Coding for Kids

Review Excerpt: We’ve been asking for it; and somebody finally delivered … a Scratch-like programming experience on the iPad. But let’s be clear — Hopscotch ...
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FunTab Pro (Android Tablet)

Review Excerpt: The FunTab Pro is a 7″ multi-touch screen Android tablet with limited access to apps. Parental features are provided by Zoodles Kids Mode, which gives children ...
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Drawnimal

Review Excerpt: One of the delightful surprises we spotted in Cinekid’s 2013 Applab was Drawnimal; an app that contains 26 animals… one per letter. Children first pick a ...
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Dr. Panda’s Home

Review Excerpt: Did you know that cleaning the toilet, mopping the floor and recycling trash can be fun? Just call them “mini-games”. There are 20 such jobs found in Dr. ...
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ColAR Mix

Review Excerpt: Coloring pages have been around for decades and augmented reality (AR) for years, but it took an app and some black-line PDFs that you can  download from www.colarapp.com ...
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Club Penguin

Review Excerpt: Recurring in-app purchases meet a seven year old’s desire to collect things to decorate an igloo, in this new iPad version of Club Penguin ($free, http://appstore.com/clubpenguin). ...
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ClickN Kids Tablet

Review Excerpt: ClickN KIDS Tablet ($100, ClickNKids.com) is a bare-bones, gimmick-free  Android kids tablet with Google Play and a lower quality screen and sound. The tablet has a ...
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ChatterPix Kids (or ChatterKid)

Review Excerpt: Talking animal or puppet apps like Talking Tom are common these days. But this one lets you take a photo and make it talk by superimposing a mouth line over your photo, ...
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Brain Jump With Ned the Neuron

Review Excerpt: This set of memory games uses playful, animated characters that look like they might have come from an episode of Spongebob Squarepants. While we didn’t like the ...
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Binny’s Advent Calendar 2013

Review Excerpt: Ready to count down the days to Christmas? This nicely illustrated smart calendar knows what day it is automatically, and it serves up a simple activity each day. The ...
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Baby’s Playful Hands

Review Excerpt: The follow up to Baby’s Musical Hands (Editor’s Choice, CTR August 2011),  this app turns your iPad into a multi-touch musical toy that is a good developmental ...
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Ariel’s Musical Surprise

Review Excerpt: Mixing strong visual effects and music with a musical underwater play theme that is enhanced by sets of physical toys (sold separately by Jakks Pacific), this free app, ...
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Appy Chanukah

Review Excerpt: Designed to be a one-stop-shop where parents can teach their kids everything about Chanukah, this eBook shows you how to pronounce, read and write key words like Menorah ...
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Animal Alphabet Singers

Review Excerpt: Great acting meets limited play value, with this cast of 26 singing animals that help to teach and reinforce the letter sounds, in Animal Alphabet Singers ($3.99 by ...
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Alphabeasties Amazing Activities

Review Excerpt: Based on the book by Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss, Alphabeasties Amazing Activities ($3.99 by CJ Educations) is ideal for introducing and providing informal practice ...
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Acer C720 Chromebook

Review Excerpt: What has 8.5 hour batteries, costs $200 and looks like a full featured laptop (in fact weighing just a bit more than on iPad air)? The Acer C720 Chromebook, that’s ...
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December 2013 Volume 21, No. 12, Issue 165: List of Reviews

      Children’s Technology Review December 2013 Volume 21, No. 12, Issue 165 LIST OF REVIEWS IN THIS ISSUE Acer C720 Chromebook* Agent P: DoofenDASH Alphabeasties ...
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CTR December 13: Best Tablets for Kids, Fisher-Price’s iPad Seat and Cookies

Welcome to the preview for the December 2013 issue of  Children’s Technology Review. Full access to this 36 page issue is available to paid subscribers. CTR, December 2013 ...
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A Toast to David Pogue

By Warren Buckleitner It’s now been a month since David Pogue’s rather unceremonious last column in the New York Times, and if you’re like me, you may be suffering from “Pogueian ...
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Using Technology to Support Informal Learning

During the recent Tech for the Early Years Conference at Erikson Institute I captured a wonderful exploration of how technology can affect family by Liza Sullivan called “A Family ...
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Choosing an iPad Stylus for Young Children

Last month (October 2013) I (Warren Buckleitner) was in Chicago for the 2nd Annual Tech for the Early Years Conference at Erikson Institute where I met Tamera Kaldar, a Developmental ...
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Press Release: Samsung and Fingerprint Network Want Android Apps for Children

– This is Press Release Copy – SAMSUNG AND FINGERPRINT PARTNER TO CREATE MOBILE PLAY AND LEARN NETWORK FOR KIDS; COMPANIES LAUNCH INITIATIVE TO DRIVE APP DEVELOPMENT Kids’ ...
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The Relationship Between Software Design and Children’s Engagement

Buckleitner, W (2006). The relationship between software design and children’s engagement. Early Education and Development, 17(3), 489-505. Abstract This study was an attempt ...
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Pocket Rockets: The Past, Present, and Future of Children’s Portable Computing

Pocket Rockets: The Past, Present, and Future of Childrens Portable Computing. In: Allison Druin, editor: Mobile Technology for Children, Boston: Morgan Kaufmann, 2009, pp. 43-61. This ...
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Is There a Reasonable Approach to Handling Violence in Video Games?

[NOTE THIS IS AN ARCHIVED POST, MIGRATED FROM OUR OLD SITE] On June 14, 2006 Children’s Technology Review’s Editor, Warren Buckleitner provided testimony to a congressional ...
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Sony PlayStation 4 Review Units Released Yesterday

The PS4 day has arrived, in terms of advance press access to the new consoles — so we’re headed into New York City and have been told we’ll be able to bring back ...
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Wii Party U

Review Excerpt: This party game (for 1-4 players) lets you compete using your Mii character in a variety of games. It provides new ways to play with others using the Wii U GamePad. ...
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Todo Telling Time

Review Excerpt: Todo Telling Time contains six multi-level exercises that are well leveled for kindergarten through second grade. Especially noteworthy are the record keeping features, ...
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Talking Shapes

Review Excerpt: Phonics instruction is framed in a chapter-book metaphor featuring two sisters who are working together to invent the alphabet. Each story builds on the previous. The ...
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Stride and Predudice

Review Excerpt: Can you get to the end of a novel, without losing your mind, or throwing up? We’ve reviewed some strange apps in our day…. and this one ranks near the top. ...
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Sparky’s Birthday Surprise

Review Excerpt: Developed in partnership with the National Fire Protection Association, the app was designed around the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In the 19 page story, it’s ...
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Shiny Picnic

Review Excerpt: Three well designed activities with limited content are embedded in a simple story, creating a playful logic and language experience. From the main menu, you can choose ...
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Quick Math+

Review Excerpt: Featuring multi-levels, a social leader board, and a classroom friendly interface, this sequel to Quick Math introduces some new game modes that deal with memory and ...

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