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Meet Science: Magnetism and Electricity

Review Excerpt: Best described as a science textbook on a tablet, Meet Science: Magnetism and Electricity (aka Meet Science 1) is the first of a series from NCSoft’s iActionBook ...
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Meerkat Puzzles

Review Excerpt: Fifteen self-correcting, rainy day puzzles await in a single app, offering both variety and some tried-and-true problem solving opportunities. You catch and count bats, ...
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Dr. Panda’s Restaurant 2

Review Excerpt: This cooking simulation follows last year’s Dr. Panda’s Restaurant. You become the cook in this island restaurant, trying to feed an endless flow of new ...
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Cursive Writing Wizard – Trace Letters and Words

Review Excerpt: This app turns your iPad into a highly customizable cursive writing tutorial that takes up where Writing Wizard (CTR, Sept 13) leaves off. A suite of parent/teacher ...
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Count up to Ten: Learn Numbers With Montessori

Review Excerpt: This collection of leveled activities includes counting, 1 to 1 correspondence, a numeral tracing activity and an augmented reality activity, with a cloud-based reward ...
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Coloring Book: Cars and Trucks for Kids!

Review Excerpt: This coloring book app offers three free black line images of cars, and teases children with locked images of others. The age gate isn’t effective, or honest. ...
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10 Fingers +

Review Excerpt: Counting with your fingers comes naturally for most children (and adults), and it certainly gives the general concept of “base ten” a nice grounding. The ...
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CTR April 2014: Slice Fractions, Research Questions and Lessons in AppCraft

Children’s Technology Review April 2014 Volume 22, No. 4, Issue 169  Welcome to April 2014 Your April CTR (sent to paid subscribers) will skim you through some noteworthy apps, ...
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Toca Pet Doctor

Review Excerpt: Ideal as a child’s first app, Toca Pet Doctor starts with a waiting room full of 15 critters, each with a problem. The worm is tangled into a knot, the cat has ...
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Things That Go – Touch, Look, Listen

Review Excerpt: The third title in StoryToys’ series of visual dictionaries, Things That Go,  lets children discover 55 vehicles, grouped into 11 categories like trucks, diggers, ...
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The Story of Creation

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 is ...
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Shiny Circus

Review Excerpt: As a former elementary teacher, I love to find apps like this one. In the story, the Shiny Circus has come to town and Charlie, Alice and Ralph (three animals) are going ...
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Shape Arts: Geometry Creations

Review Excerpt: Every good early elementary classroom has tangram puzzles. This app takes the idea up a notch, with a nice set of geometric creatures; each made from seven shapes. You ...
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Rules of Summer

Review Excerpt: Eighteen paintings are first presented by a rule, such as “never leave a red sock on the clothesline.” Why? Because it might attract a giant red rabbit. ...
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Red in Bed

Review Excerpt: In the story, the rainbow wakes up in the morning and goes out to color the world in its own hues. When Red feels sick, the other colors help by taking up some of Red’s ...
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Pierre et le Loup (Peter and the Wolf)

Review Excerpt: The worlds of animation, film and interactive media collide in this orchestral blend of games and videos, based on Peter and the Wolf by Sergueï Prokofiev. Content ...
disguises

PANGO Disguises

Review Excerpt: Part of the Pango series, this app lets you control story elements in five short adventures, each featuring Pango the raccoon. Each story element is introduced through ...
nancydrew

Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall

Review Excerpt: Nancy Drew has appeared in books, movies and PC / Mac platforms. This app marks her debut on tablets (iPad, Kindle and Android). SIn the first of the series, Ghost of ...
mathmuseum

Mystery Math Museum

Review Excerpt: This sequel to Mystery Math Town (4.2 stars, CTR May 2013) features a new town with eight museums, each with a different theme and set of characters. Your mission is ...
mathbattle

Medieval Math Battle

Review Excerpt: This mashup of violence, gender bias and math facts is designed to make math fact practice fun. For some children it just might work. The story puts a young boy (the ...
mpocean

MarcoPolo Ocean

Review Excerpt: Turn your iPad into an ocean-sized aquarium, that you construct — one fish, shell or boat at a time.  Each item comes with a short factual description that is ...
love

Love, The App

Review Excerpt:  The original book, published fifty years ago in 1964 in France, was originally described as a colored graphic poem, complete with holes in the paper. Those holes have ...
leogmovie

LEGO Movie Videogame, The

Review Excerpt: Like the movie, you become Emmet — the ordinary, rule-following citizen who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the ...
horseshow

If I Ran the Horse Show

Review Excerpt: This 29 screen “book app” lets you join the Cat in the Hat, as he visits a horse show and explores the horse related vocabulary that is surprisingly un-watered ...
forza

Forza Motorsport 5

Review Excerpt: Like the cars it lets you drive, Forza Motorsport 5 is an elegant mix of power and beauty. Instead of racing against computer controlled opponents, you race against ...
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FingerPaint Duel

Review Excerpt: The idea is to race to see who can most accurately fill in a target shape. You start with a simple circle, and end with a rather complicated picture of an animal. It ...
animals

Drôles d’animaux de A à Z (Funny Animals from A to Z)

Review Excerpt: Take a field trip to Paris with this excellent French immersion experience. It’s not just language — you also get a dose of zany art and music; delivered ...
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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 ...
dexteriadots

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 ...
dinorun

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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