September/October 2003

Our 61st Issue (Volume 11, No.5)

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CONTENTS

Family Computing Suggestions

Seven ways to give a student an academic edge
Hardware Advice
Software Advice

Software News: Ages 2-6

Pixter Color Software
PowerTouch vs. LeapPad
Software News: Ages 5-8
Software News: Ages 8-12
All Star Awards
Key to the Ratings
Software News: Ages 12-up
School Supplement
Parent's Videogame Advisor
Videogame Gifts
PVA Gadget Watch
All Star Awards: Games
LittleClickers: TV Links
Three New Chess Programs
Which is right for you?
Book Reviews
Directory of Reviews
FEATURE REVIEWS
Blue's Clues: Blue Takes You to School
Barbie Horse Adventures: Mystery Ride
Imaginext Pirate Raider
I SPY Fantasy
Pajama Sam: Life is Rough When You Lose Your Stuff
Math Missions 3-5: The Amazing Arcade Adventure

FROM FLOPPY DISKS TO TABLET PCS

As we approach our ten-year anniversery of publishing CSR, it is fun to look back at how much children's interactive media has changed. As many people predicted, the "chicken-egg" relationship between hardware and software has led to some wonderful opportunities for children as technology has improved.

Consider, for example, the new PowerTouch, which we compare with the LeapPad on page 7. Who could have imagined this kind of computing power for $50? There's also the new TabletPC, which brings pen-based computing to children in a form that can fit in a backpack.

Despite this backdrop of change, children still develop the same way they did ten years ago. The same things interest them, and they still choose activities where they have control over those that limit what they can do. Our instrument (p. 17) still does a pretty good job at measuring attributes of quality. We look forward to keeping you informed for another ten years. Please keep sending your comments and reviews.

Warren Buckleitner, Editor

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