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Your paid subscription to CTR gets you inside the world’s largest and most up-to-date online repository of reviews of children’s interactive products (educational software, apps, video games, gadgets and hardware).

CTREX is the solution to those tired of online review anarchy.


  • 11,607 reviews (as of November 20, 2014) with real time sorting and browsing tools.
  • Keyword searching, plus age, grade, curriculum (common core tags), publisher and platform, with additional custom parameters, and a “deep search” box, for finding obscure or historical information.
  • Dated and authored reviews. We understand that reviews are time sensitive, so we date stamp create and editing events.
  • The ability to leave comments or make corrections. We believe “a review is the start of a conversation.” Subscribers and publishers can leave comments and agree or disagree with our reviews.
  • Common Core keywords tags. Because we’re teachers, we’ve been curriculum-tagging products for 21 years with school friendly keywords.
  • Custom lists for specific settings, like early childhood centers or libraries. College game design classes will like this listing of 151 “pioneers” for example.
  • More than apps. We test tablet cases, games, Internet sites, virtual worlds, smart toys and Chromebooks.
  • Direct links. We don’t side-track you with purchase links. We’re not a catalog.
  • A teacher’s voice. Our reviewers have classroom experience, plus reliability training on a rubric to insure that comparisons are accurate. The goal is to give them the voice of CTR’s theoretical mascot, called the “Picky Teacher.” She rewards products that empower children, and foster active learning with higher ratings and her opinion is not for sale. This is why we think that CTR reviews tend to have higher levels of validity.
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  • A work in progress. There is no such thing as a perfect rating system. Watch for more new features in the future, and tell us what you want.

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