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ollie

Ollie the Cat

Review Excerpt: This first counting experience features illustrations from Jane Chapman and Tim Warnes that deliver a responsive early counting experience. The ten page ebook is narrated ...
motionmath

Motion Math: Match

Review Excerpt: Using a simple grid consisting of math equations, sets or single numerals, you try to simultaneously touch two or three matching sums at the same time. This type of ...
jewels

Monster Jewels Halloween

Review Excerpt: Drag and drop beads, jewels, and parts of necklaces onto seven goofy monsters that look like they’ve been inspired by a Toca Boca app. The puzzles are timed and ...
loopy

Loopy Lost His Lettuce

Review Excerpt: In the story, you help Loopy the Snail try to find his lost head of lettuce. You tilt the screen to make Loopy move right or left or touch butterflies to capture as ...
infini

InfiniScroll

Review Excerpt: This is a multiple-choice style monster maker. But instead of turning pages, you scroll up or down creating a skyscraper like creature with five interlocking sections. ...
haunted

Haunted House Activity Book

Review Excerpt: Turn your child’s iPad or iPhone into a haunted house, with this Halloween app. Like other StoryToys apps, you swipe through the adventure by turning eight 3D ...
grandma

Grandma Loves Bugs

Review Excerpt: This latest edition in the “Grandma” apps series presents ten mini-quizzes that introduce school readiness skills, with a tiny pinch of entomology (the study ...
pairs

Discover Paris

Review Excerpt: Good content meets an over talkative owl, in this tour/quiz about the city of Paris. Content includes 12 famous sites, such as Notre Dame, Le Louvre and more. Each site ...
buildplay

Build and Play 3D – Rockets, Helicopters, Submarines and More

Review Excerpt: This is a set of nine puzzles that feel like they snap together. It comes from the Romania-based Croco studio, which has become known for excellent drag and drop experiences ...
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Bamba Toys

Review Excerpt: Bamba Toys lets children design their very own toys, from customizing the parts to creating the right packaging. Children choose the blueprint, pick the perfect parts ...
actions

ABC Actions

Review Excerpt: Fifty common action words — in English or Spanish –  come to life through 150  open source photos and 100 videos from YouTube. Note that you need an Internet ...
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Illustrating for Interactive Design

A presentation given on Friday, November 8 2013 at the  Illustrators Inc. in Dublin, Ireland by Warren Buckleitner Fingal’s Year of Illustration Professional Development Day for ...
Children's Technology Review, November 2013

CTR November 2013: Stylus Advice, Dutch Treats, Tablets and Vicky Rideout

November 2013 Volume 21, No. 11, Issue 164 Welcome to the 164th monthly issue of Children’s Technology Review. This month, I’m taking you to Chicago to talk about touch screen ...
Vicky Rideout; image from her site www.VGRconsulting.com

A Conversation With Vicky Rideout: Summarizing “Zero to Eight Children’s Media Use in America 2013″

From the November 2013 issue of Children’s Technology Review, page 6. Download this article as a PDF. BY SCOTT TRAYLOR For those of us that work in children’s media, there’s ...
UGGLYS

Ugglys, The: Your Gross Best Friend

Review Excerpt: Ugglys ($30, www.moosetoys.com) are rubbery-faced electronic puppets. You put your hand inside the head, just like a regular puppet, and open or close the mouth to activate ...
tocacars

Toca Cars

Review Excerpt: Unlike typical driving simulations, where you tilt the controller left or right to act like a steering wheel, the Toca Boca treatment takes a different approach. The ...
tenbed

Ten In The Bed

Review Excerpt: In this ten screen ebook you can help the bears “fall” out of the bed with a swipe. Beginning readers can touch each word to hear it read out loud, although ...
tapcat

Tap the Cat

Review Excerpt: Nine early reading activities were designed by a group of educators in Australia and are designed to provide structured practice with such things as letter/object matching, ...
Symmetry1

Symmetry School: Learning Geometry

Review Excerpt: Symmetry School is part of the Spraoi School, a series of educational apps from Ireland designed to support CCSS (Common Core State Standards) math education. Each app ...
sagobug

Sago Mini Bug Builder

Review Excerpt: This activity lets a child transform a simple shape into a zany bug. You start with a cocoon (or egg) and touch it to help it hatch. You can then choose from eight outline ...
rosetta

Rosetta Stone Kids Lingo Letter Sounds

Review Excerpt: Rosetta Stone Lingo Letter Sounds is a free app that contains a nice taste of a what Rosetta Stone hopes will be many future apps. The idea is to solve workbook-like ...
broom

Room on the Broom

Review Excerpt: In this game, your mission is to earn stars by completing tasks that feature characters from the book. Most games have a soft educational agenda; involving counting ...
rainbow

Rainbow Sentences

Review Excerpt: Rainbow Sentences is designed to give children learning to read the chance to construct sentences, by thinking of them in terms of their grammatical construction. The ...
quicktap

Quick Tap – Spanish

Review Excerpt:  Part of a series of four apps (one per language), this quiz game turns your iPad into a two player race, to see which player can match common Spanish words the fastest. ...

CTR Weekly Sample

WHEN? Delivered to your email every Wednesday morning at 6:00 AM COST? It is part of your paid subscription, which also includes database access and the regular monthly issue. WHAT ...
abc

Playground 3 – ABC Edition

Review Excerpt: This is a collection of six activities that provide perfectly leveled practice with letter formation and letter-related sounds. You start by selecting one of the six ...
chicken

Peppa Pig Happy Mrs. Chicken

Review Excerpt: This collection of six games features Peppa Pig and his animated animal friends. It is one of several Peppa Pig apps. The games include: Jigsaw Puzzles (four puzzles ...
namegames

NameGames

Review Excerpt: Designed to let babies and toddlers control your iPad’s screen, NameGames (formerly called Pictoo’s NameGames) is a mash-up between a photo album and a busy ...
pony

My Little Pony – A Canterlot Wedding HD

Review Excerpt: This is a 20 screen ebook with limited activities that follows a tried and true, but rather tired, plot: (*spoiler alert*) there’s going to be a royal wedding, ...
cat

My Life as a Cat

Review Excerpt: This app introduces us to a little girl named Samantha, who imagines how her life would be if she were a cat. She figures out that it wouldn’t be all that fun. ...
math

Montessori Math: Add & Subtract Large Numbers

Review Excerpt: Designed specifically for children who can already read “large” 2-digit numbers like 12 or 78; on up to 9,999, this Montessori-inspired set of three activities ...
operations

Montessori Math: 1st Operations

Review Excerpt: Maria Montessori would probably have loved this set of innovative activities, especially the number spitting game where you place your fingers on both sides of the multi-touch ...
chima

LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval’s Journey

Review Excerpt: In this game, you must help Laval, a brave warrior and prince of the Lion Tribe, fight for justice. You see, Laval must unlock the secret of the legendary triple-CHI ...
easi2

Easi Speak USB Recorder

Review Excerpt: The Easi Speak USB Recorder ($70, Educational Resources) plugs into the USB port of your computer for both charging and file transfer. It can also be charged using most ...
toybox

Disney Infinity Toy Box App

Review Excerpt: This open-ended construction kit expands the Disney Infinity cluster of toys and and video games, onto your iPad. It also represents a portal to toys and video games, ...
passport

Digital Passport

Review Excerpt: Available as a Flash website or as an app, and designed specifically to deliver free curriculum with the side benefit of building an email list of schools for the publisher,  ...
counting

Counting

Review Excerpt: This app looks good, but the interactivity is limited and the illustrations don’t match the numbers. The quality photos are nice to explore. The last page of the ...
cosmic

Cosmic Reactor

Review Excerpt: This app turns your iPad into a two player buzzer (players sit face to face with the iPad in the center). The games come with themes like Red Rock Rumble and Dark Planet. ...
bugs2

Bugs and Buttons 2

Review Excerpt: This follow up to Bugs and Buttons (CTR February 2012), contains another well crafted set of 18 math and logic activities. If you liked the first edition, you’ll ...
elmohugs

Big Hugs Elmo

Review Excerpt: Now produced under the Hasbro Playskool brand, Elmo has innovative foot-long arms (with a 22-inch arm span). Each arm consists of a fabric covered flexible plastic band ...

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