September/October 2002

Our 55nd Issue (Volume 10, No.5)

Subscribers, use your password to see complete reviews, many with screen shots and tester feedback, of the 120 titles in this issue by searching on Sep 02 for "CSR Issue Date" in the Children's Software Finder database.

Preview the first 4 pages of this issue as a PDF
Browse Articles from past issues.
LittleClickers columns for kids, by CSR editors
Preschool Tech Roundup
Must Have Homework Helpers
All-Star Software Poster
School All-Star Awards
School Supplement: Teachers, Students and the Palm OS
Software News for Schools
School Technology Update: Trends from FETC and NECC
eMac Review
Straight From the Testers
Little Clickers: Let's Visit the Serengeti
New Media Mall
Directory of New Releases
Preschool & Kindergarten
Early Elementary
Upper Elementary
Middle & High School
Dora the Explorer: Backpack Adventures
Curious George Reading and Phonics
Jumbo Music Ball
Playhouse Disney's The Book of Pooh: A Story Without a Tail
Barbie Sparkling Ice Show CD-ROM
Pixter Plus
Stuart Little Learning Adventures
Liberty's Kids CD-ROM: The Real Adventures of the American Revolution
LEGO Soccer Mania
Jean Explores Mathematics and Writing
MathArena Advanced
Ultimate Ride Disney Coaster
Mind Power Math Middle School

The Digital Learning Revolution -- Progress or Inertia?

Back in 1984, the Mac and the IBM PC were newborns and many educators excitedly predicted that these devices would forever change schools.
Almost two decades later, computers have not made a significant difference for most teachers. Basals still dominate the K-6 curriculum, and stacks of workbooks still fill student desks. Sure, classroom computers are used for word processing, or maybe Internet searches, but complete integration with curriculum is still a long way off.
Some interesting technology innovations do find their way into schools, via tech-savvy teachers and gadget-loving administrators. Take the Palm handhelds, for example, which have become popular with teachers and students for specific tasks like keeping a calendar or scoring reading tests. On page 23 , check out Ann Orr's in-depth examination of some of the better educational Palm OS applications. Other tech breakthroughs are coming from the world of toys, from companies like Neurosmith and Leapfrog. Gadgets like Phonics Tiles (page 5), for instance, let children play with letters the way they would blocks, with the added bonus of hearing the words they "build" read out loud.
Be sure to check out our review of I Spy Challenger -- a great logical thinking activity for the Game Boy Advance. Game Boys in the classroom? Now there's an interesting idea!
Stay tuned for a wild 2003.
Ann, Ellen and Warren
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