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December 2006
Vol. 14, No. 12, Issue 81

November 2006
Vol. 14, No. 10, Issue 80
Trends 2006

October 2006 Vol. 14, No. 10, Issue 79
25 Promising Children's Video Games for 2006 (pages 4-7)
The Nintendo DS vs the PSP: One Year Later (page 7)
A Parent's Primer on the New Consoles (page 5)
MMOs and children (page 2)
Here's an Internet Scavenger Hunt about Halloween (LittleClickers, page 8)

September 2006 Vol. 14, No. 9, Issue 78
The Battle for Your TV
Editorial: Teachers: There Might Be a Leonardo da Vinci sitting in your Classroom (page 2)

August 2006 Vol. 14, No. 8, Issue 77
The Best I Spy... Ever
Your Back to School Tech List (editorial)
Guinea Pig Quiz (LittleClickers) (page 4)

July 2006 Vol. 14, No. 7, Issue 76
What is a PicoCricket? A Look at Mitch Resnick's latest work
Video Game Violence (page 4)
Mosquitoes (LittleClickers (page 5)

June 2006 Vol. 14, No. 6, Issue 74
The Dawn of Kinesthetic Computing
A close look at Nintendo's new game console, thoughts on real vs. representational violence, Fun Facts About Bicycles (LittleClickers) and an Analysis of the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), by Warren Buckleitner "Riding the Next Wave of Digital Entertainment." We also provide a preview of SPORE.

May 2006 Vol. 14, No. 5, Issue 73
Note: the cover of this issue is the same as our last printed issue (Winter 2005 & Spring 2006), but the contents are different.
Getting Smart on Smart Toys (An Analysis of the 2006 American International Toy Fair by Warren Buckleitner
Math Drill on a DS?;Web Sites about Trees (LittleClickers)
Ttwo new Dotted Media Pens
Editorial: Digital technology has transformed architecture, transportation, business and medicine. Why not education?

April 2006 Vol. 14, No. 4, Issue 72
How to Convert a V.Smile into an Art Studio
Our Testers Pick the Best Yo-Yo Sites (LittleClickers)
Nintendo's New Form of Relaxation

Winter 2005 & Spring 2006 Combined Issue (Note: This is the last printed quarterly edition)
Vol. 13, No. 2 and 3, Issue 70 & 71
Vol. 14, Numbers 1-3
This was our last printed issue. It is a condensed version of the May 2006 issue.

2006

Summer 2005 & Fall 2005 Combined Issue
Vol. 13, No. 2 and 3, Issue 68 and 69
This is an 80 page expanded combined issue, with 400 reviews from 2005, and a look at the key trends for the year.
LeapFrog FLY
Google Earth
Nintendogs
CTR's 5th Annual New Media Design Institute (page 6)

Spring 2005 Vol. 13, No. 1, Issue 67
LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game (Why it is Different)
TV Toys, the New Game Consoles and a New ESRB Rating Category)
Leapster Update (page 11)
Digital Praise Launches Two New Products (page 15)
A Closer Look at the PSP (page 22)
The Advancement of Pen Based Computing (by Scott Traylor, page 6)
ISTE Books for Teachers (page 20)

2005

Winter 2004 Vol. 12, No. 4, Issue 66
Leapfrog's Magical Pen (page 3)
GBAs or Sedation?
Skill Sharpeners (LittleClickers)
A Closer Look at V.Smile
Professional Development for Teachers—Just a Click Away (by Ann Orr, page 18-19)
Parent's Video Game Advisor
Ready or not, here comes the PSP!
A new interaction technique: "Drop in, Drop out Cooperative Mode"

Fall 2004 Vol. 12, No. 3, Issue 65
Cool Sims: Learn to build a temple, run a cruise line, manage a circus... all without leaving your computer.
How do Sims Facilitate Human Learning? (page 7, an insert box)
Dogs (LittleClickers) (page 21)
One Dozen "Can't Live Without" Software Titles for Special Educators (by Ann Orr, page 30)
Disney Dream Desk

Summer 2004 Vol. 12, No. 2, Issue 64
News & Research, page 3
2004 Fall Preview, page 4
Software News
Ages 3-6, page 7
Ages 5-8, page 9
Ages 8-12, page 11
Ages 12-up, page 13
New Titles for Schools, page 16
New Software for the Pixter, page 9
New Parental Controls, page 14
Dummies Software, page 15
School Supplement, page 16
LittleClickers: Internet Games Worth Bookmarking, page 19
Parent's Videogame Advisor (page 22-25)
A First Look at the PSP & Nintendo DS
New Console Tittles
Game Boy Advance and Windows/Mac
All Star Awards - Games
Mailbag, page 26
New Media Mall, page 28
Dust or Magic, page 30
Directory, page 31
All Star Awards, Back Cover

Spring 2004 Vol. 12, No. 1, Issue 63
News & Research, Page 3
Cheaper Chips Bring Smarter Toys (Report from the 2004 Toy Fair)
LittleClickers: Safe, Fun Internet Explorations for Children
Let's Write and Read, page 6
Software News
Ages 3-6, page 7
Ages 5-8, page 9
Ages 8-12, page 11
Ages 12-up, page 13
New Titles for Schools, page 16
 
New Software for the Leapster, page 8
DVDs With Interactive Features, page 9
A Powerful New iBook and a Palm that Takes Pictures, page 15
School Supplement, page 16
Book Reviews for Teachers, page 21
Parent's Videogame Advisor (page 22)
Games that Foster Social Relationships
New Console Titles
Stuff to Worry About
All Star Awards for Games
Mailbag, page 26
New Media Mall, page 28
Dust or Magic 2004, page 30
Directory, page 31
All Star Awards (Back Cover)

IN JANUARY, 2005, CTR SWITCHED TO A QUARTERLY PRINT FORMAT

November/December 2003 Vol. 11, No. 6, Issue 62
News & Research
The "Best of 2003" List
Buying a console?
Buying a new computer?
TEN YEAR SPECIAL REPORT: The Past, Present & Future of Children's Interactive Media
Software News
All Star Awards
Medal of Honor: When Videogames Teach History
School Supplement
Parent's Videogame Advisor
LittleClickers: Unusual Talents
All Star Awards: Videogames
Mailbag
Directory: 116 New Releases
 
FEATURE REVIEWS
Nick Jr. Little Bill Thinks Big
Hamtaro Wake Up Snoozer
Putt-Putt: Pep's Birthday Surprise
Imaginext Castle
Mia's Language Adventure: The Kidnap Caper
EyeToy
Nickelodeon Tune Twister 3D
My Scene
Carmen Sandiego: The Secret of the Stolen Drums
Karaoke Revolution
Journey to the Center of the Earth
The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2003 CD-ROM Edition
The Sims Bustin' Out

September/October 2003 Vol. 11, No. 5, Issue 61
News
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
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

July/August 2003 Vol. 11, No. 4, Issue 60
COLUMNS
News (Dot Kids Domain, N-Gage, Sims on GBA)
LittleClickers: Fish Sites
All-Star Software Awards
Key to the Ratings
Parent's Videogame Advisor&emdash; Sure...Videogames can make your child smarter...
All Star Awards for Games
New Media Mall (ads)
Mailbag
Directory of New Releases
 
FEATURES
Fall Forecast '03
Sony's New Eye Toy
Finding Nemo Software
Kid-Sized Mice
Books
How Kids (Really) use the Internet: An Interview with Peter Grunwald
SOFTWARE NEWS
Preschool & Kindergarten
Early Elementary
Upper Elementary
Middle & High School
School Supplement
 
FEATURE REVIEWS
The Wiggles: Wiggle Bay
Math Missions K-2: the Race to Spectacle City Arcade
Disney Toontown Online
JumpStart Advanced 3rd Grade
Middle School Advantage 2004

May/June 2003 Vol. 11, No. 3, Issue 59
News
Littleclickers: Let's Make Music!
All-Star Software Poster
All Star Awards for Education
Key to the Ratings
Parent's Videogame Advisor: Which Game Console is Right for Your Family?
All Star Games
Mailbag: Windows XP Tips
Dust or Magic: The State of the Industry
Directory of New Releases
 
ARTICLES
BNMP 2003: The Quest for Excellence Continues
New Pixter Software
 
SOFTWARE NEWS
Preschool & Kindergarten
Early Elementary
Upper Elementary
Middle & High School
School Supplement
 
FEATURE REVIEWS
Flash Action Phonics Made Easy
Piglet's Big Game
Krazy Art Room
Learn to Play Chess with Fritz and Chesster
Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory
Dolphin Don's Music School
Rollercoaster Tycoon 2
The Quarter Mile Math

March/April 2003 Vol. 11, No. 2, Issue 58
The Future of Kids' Computing
Paper Based Computing Evolves
In the Works
Tribute to Fred Rogers
LittleClickers: Common Cent$
All-Star Software Poster
School All-Star Awards
School Supplement
Internet Security: The Article that Never Was
NEW COLUMN! Parent's Videogame Advisor (PDF)
Keys to Success: Tweens, Teens and Typing
Mailbag
New Media Mall
Straight From the Testers
Directory of New Releases (March 03)
 
SOFTWARE REVIEWS BY AGE
Preschool & Kindergarten
Early Elementary
Upper Elementary
Middle & High School
 
FEATURE REVIEWS
Rainbow Fish, The Most Beautiful Fish in the Ocean
Help Me 2 Learn Phonics 1b
Dogz 5
Mozart's Magic Flute the Music Game
QuantumPad: Above and Beyond Series&emdash;Time for Kids Making Movies
SimCity 4
Mission Possible: World Geography
MTN's Model Railroad Simulator
National Geographic years CD-ROM Collector's Edition

 

January/February 2003 Vol. 11, No. 1, Issue 57
ARTICLES AND FEATURES
Exercises in Deductive Reasoning
Comparing the 2003 Encyclopedias
Little Clickers: When I Grow Up
Starbright Foundation
All-Star Software Poster
School All-Star Awards
Software News for Schools
Ten Tech Gadgets for Every Classroom (PDF)
The Annual Gender Survey (PDF)
Mailbag (PDF)
Straight From the Testers (PDF)
Directory of New Releases

SOFTWARE REVIEWS BY AGE
Preschool & Kindergarten
Early Elementary
Upper Elementary
Middle & High School

FEATURE REVIEWS
Blue's Clues Kindergarten
Bill Cosby's PicturePages
Early Learning Readiness
The Little Raven & Friends:
the Tricycle Story
Rugrats: Munchin Land
Larson's Elementary Math Activities
Treasure Planet: Battle at Procyon
LEGO Creator Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
American Idol
Prealgebra Solved!

 

November/December 2002 Vol. 10, No. 6, Issue 56
ARTICLES AND FEATURES
Family Holiday Buyer's Guide
Little Clickers--Favorite Authors
All-Star Awards Poster
School All-Star Awards
Software News for Schools
Straight From the Testers
Do New Computers Run Old Software? (PDF)
Mailbag--XP Compatibility Woes (PDF)
Directory of New Releases

FEATURE REVIEWS
Bob the Builder: Bob Builds A Park
Thomas and Friends: Building the New Line
Wizmo's Workshop: The Dragons of Frozzbokk
Powerpuff Girls Mojo Jojo's Clone Zone
Reader Rabbit Learn to Read with Phonics for 1st & 2nd Grade
Max's Sandbox 1.5.0
Zoombinis Island Odyssey
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron Forever Free
Animal Crossing
MovieShop Deluxe
Age of Mythology

 

 

September/October 2002 Vol. 10, No. 5, Issue 55
Preschool Tech Roundup
Must Have Homework Helpers
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
Mailbag
Directory of new releases

FEATURE REVIEWS
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

 

July/August 2002 Vol. 10, No. 4, Issue 54
Fall Forecast '02
All-Star Software Poster
School Supplement
Digital Cameras & Kids: The Time is Right, page 22
Is There a Reasonable Approach to Handling Violence in Videogames? page 24
Little Clickers: Teach Yourself to Draw!
Straight From the Testers, page 28
Mailbag, page 30
Directory of New Releases, page 31

SOFTWARE NEWS BY AGE
Preschool & Kindergarten, page 6
Early Elementary, page 9
Upper Elementary, page 12
Middle & High School School, page 18

FEATURE REVIEWS
Curious George Downtown Adventure
JumpStart Advanced Kindergarten
Jay Jay Earns His Wings
Click & Create with Mia
Peanuts: Where's the Blanket Charlie Brown
Britney's Dance Beat
Print Attitudes
Stuart Little 2
Escape from Monkey Island
Nancy Drew: Secret of the Scarlet Hand



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May/June 2002 Vol. 10, No. 3, Issue 53
Children's Interactive Media Survey
Smart Toys--Smart Kids
News
The Best Digital Camera for Kids
Tear-out All-Star Software Poster
School All Star List
Software News for Schools
Sports Games
Exploring Culture & Humanity|
Mailbag
Straight From the Testers
Little Clickers:
Perplexing Puzzles
Directory of New Releases
JumpStart Animals
Pencil-Pal Preschool
Zoboomafoo Creature Quest
StarFlyers: Alien Space Chase
Disney's You Can Fly With Tinker Bell
Pooh's Party Game: In Search of the Treasure
Turbo Twist Brain Quest
Bejeweled & Alchemy
Bioscopia
Directory of New Releases

 

March/April 2002 Vol. 10, No. 2, Issue 52
Children with Special Needs Empowerment Through Technology
News
School All Star List
Software News for Schools
Shake Your Booty
Straight From the Testers
Bologna New Media Prize Winners
Little Clickers
Mad About Science
Mailbag
Directory of New Releases

FEATURE REVIEWS
Ollo and the Sunny Valley Fair
Pencil-Pal Kindergarten
Sesame Street Toddler Learning Basics
Moop & Dreadly in The Treasure on Bing Bong Island
The Mummy Mystery
Nicktoons Nick Tunes PC-Powered Microphone
The Book of LuLu
World Dance
The House That You Built
Sid Meier's SimGolf
Survivor: The Interactive Game

Directory of New Releases

 

January/February 2002 Vol. 10, No. 1, Issue 51
2002 Encyclopedias
Savvy Searching
Little Clickers:
Animal Sites for Kids
Girl Gadgets
Reviews for Preschool & Kindergarten
Reviews for Early Elementary
Reviews for Upper Elementary
Harry Potter Roundup
Reviews for Middle & High School
Two Terrific Animal Sims
Tear-out All-Star Software Poster
School All Star List
A New Generation of Teacher Tools by Ann Orr
Software News for Schools
Straight From the Testers
Mailbag
Reading SOS
Directory of New Releases

2001

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November/December Vol. 9, No. 6, Issue 50
That was then, this is now -- Rethinking Violence in Software & Videogames
Digital Adventures
2001 Holiday Hits
Reviews for Preschool & Kindergarten
Reviews for Early Elementary
Reviews for Upper Elementary
Reviews for Middle & High School
Tear-out All-Star Software Poster
School All Star List
School Supplement
Online Safety
Little Clickers: News Sites for Kids
Mailbag
Technology News Not in the Newspaper
Straight From the Testers
Directory of New Releases

 

September/October 2001 Vol. 9, No. 5, Issue 49
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Mouse?
What Every Home Computer Library Should Have
Reviews for Preschool & Kindergarten
Reviews for Early Elementary
Reviews for Upper Elementary
Reviews for Middle & High School
Grownups Guide to Videogames
All Star Poster (home and schools)
Capturing the Magic of Interactive Media
Harvard Study Questions ESRB Ratings
LittleClickers: Peek Inside a Dinosaur Egg
Mailbag
Straight From the Testers
Directory of New Releases

 

July/August 2001 Vol. 9, No. 4, Issue 48
Fall Forecast
Reviews for Preschool & Kindergarten
Reviews for Early Elementary
Reviews for Upper Elementary
Reviews for Middle & High School
Tear-out All-Star Software Poster
School All Star List
Getting Smart on Smart Toys
Upcoming Game Consoles
A Close Look at the Game Boy Advance
LittleClickers: Are You a Sports Nut?

Mailbag
Straight From the Testers
Directory of New Releases

 

May/June 2001 Vol. 9, No. 3, Issue 47
Bytes or Blocks--What's Best for Baby
Reviews for Preschool & Kindergarten
Reviews for Early Elementary
Reviews for Upper Elementary
Reviews for Middle & High School
Tear-out All-Star Software Poster
School All Star List
School Reviews by Subject
2001 Bologna New Media Prize Results
Just the Facts
Sports All-Stars
Kids on the Keyboard
LittleClickers: Gardening
Mailbag
Straight From the Testers
Directory of New Releases

 

March/April 2001 Vol. 9, No. 2, Issue 46
5 Ways to Make Videogames Your Friend, not your Foe
Gender Equity and Stereotypes (Our Annual Survey)
Rx for Geography
The Ratings: A Closer Look
FETC Report (Key Trends in Educational Technology)
Software News for Schools
Copy-friendly All Star List
Directory of New Releases
Top 100 Programs for Schools
Software News: Latest Reviews by Subject
Games: Sorting the Best from the Rest
Game Boy Color Games
LittleClickers:
WebCams
Straight From the Testers
Mailbag: More Health Resources
Smart Toys in the Works: Toy Fair '01

 

January/February 2001 Vol. 9, No. 1, Issue 45
Rx for Reading
Keeping Kids Healthy
Start Your Engines: Racing Roundup
Encyclopedia Shootout
History, Herstory, Ourstory
School Supplement
Copy friendly All Star List!
Smart Toy Watch
Little Clickers:
Fun Food Recipes
Directory of New Releases
Mailbag

2000

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November/December 2000 Vol. 8, No. 6
The Ultimate Holiday Shopper's Guide, p. 4 & 5
Creating on the Computer, p. 14 & 15
Smart Toy Watch, p. 16
School Supplement, p. 17-32
Brain Games, p. 17 & 18
Top 100 Programs for Schools, p. 32
Little Clickers:
Holiday Hoopla, p. 44
Directory of New Releases
Mailbag

 

September/October 2000 Vol. 8, No. 5 You can download this issue as a 1.2 MB PDF file.
The Ideal Computer Setup
Must-Have Starter Programs
Back to School Tools
The Best Search Engines for Kids
School Supplement: The Next Big Thing
AOL Goes to School
Top 100 Programs for Schools
Getting Your Child Online
Instant Messaging
How to Get Online, Step by Step
Little Clickers:
Halloween Fun
Directory of New Releases
Mailbag

July/August 2000 Vol. 8, No. 4
Six Strategies for Raising a Scientist
Symptoms of a Future Scientist
More Science Software Ideas
School Supplement: Teachers' Choices: The Best & Worst Software
Top 100 Software Programs for Schools
Summertime Games
Software Trends & Forecast (E3 Report)
Little Clickers:
Meet Harry Potter
Directory of New Releases
Mailbag

May/June 2000 Vol. 8, No. 3
CSR's Annual Gender & Technology Survey
Rx for Math
School Supplement: Making Sense of the Dotcom Madness
Top 100 Programs for Schools
Worry-Free Games
Little Clickers:
Horse Crazzzzy!
Game Controllers That Make a Difference
Site Seeing for Families
Directory of New Releases
Mailbag

 

March/April 2000 Vol. 8, No. 2
Learning to Read 2000
The Best Reading Software
Reading SOS
CSR School Supplement: Accelerated Reader vs. Reading Counts
Writing & Computers
The Best Writing and Typing Software
Top 100 List for Schools
Directory of New Releases

 

January/February 2000 Vol. 8, No. 1
A Day In the Life of a Kid in the Year 2020
Which Printing Program is For You?
CSR School Supplement
Encyclopedia Shoot Out 2000
Directory of New Releases
Mailbag

1999

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November/December 1999 Vol. 7, No. 6

  • The Most Amazing Holiday Gift List Ever -- "We've sifted, searched and cursed…and here it is -- Our list of the 50 best gifts for this year…"
  • Two SAT, ACT Prep Programs Compared -- "Oh, how we wish these CDs were around when we were preparing for those college entrance tests!…"
  • Trend Watch: JuniorNet
  • The Latest Word on Children's Typing Programs -- "Trying to figure out which typing program is right for your kids? …"
  • Computer Shopping Wisdom, Tips and Tricks -- "In the 17 years we've been reviewing software, we've burned through all shapes and sizes of computers, and we've learned a thing or two about getting our money's worth…"
  • Directory of New Releases
  • Mailbag

 

September/October 1999 Vol. 7, No. 5

  • Look it Up! A Comparison of Children's Search Engines -- "You've probably discovered that the Internet is only as good as the search engine you're using…"
  • Software Evaluation 101 -- "Choosing the best books, manipulatives, toys and software is an important and essential task for anyone who works with children…"
  • Lessons for The New Millennium- From the Journals of Lewis & Clark -- "The coming of the year 2000 marks the bicentennial (actually 2003) of the Lewis and Clark expedition…"
  • IMac or PC?
  • Directory of New Releases

 

 

July/August 1999 Vol. 7, No. 4

  • Every Parent's Videogame Primer: The Next Generation of New Media Products Brings Exciting Possibilities and New Worries
  • Videogame Survival Glossary for Adults -- "Having trouble keeping up with all those crazy gizmos?…"
  • Smart Toy Update: Furbys -- "Furbys are amazing animatronic dolls that are crammed with electronics…"
  • Maintaining Academic Skills Over the Summer -- "Now that the kids are finally out of school, they are more than ready to sit back and relax…"
  • CSR Editors Take On E3, The Industry's Crystal Ball
  • 21 Terrific Games for Summer Time Fun -- "The kids have worked hard all year and now it's time to play!…"
  • Mailbag
  • Directory of New Releases

 

 

May/June 1999  Vol. 7, No. 3

  • Special Report: What Kids Really Do on the WWW: An Article Every Parent Should Read -- "The open, uncensored nature of the Internet has been the cause of great concern for adults…"
  • Next Generation Musical Toy: Build with Blocks of Mozart (Music Blocks, Neurosmith)
  • Coming Soon! A sneak peek at what's coming this Fall
  • Teacher's Choice: Software Winners & Losers
  • Yes! Kids Can Program Computers -- "Computers are powerful devices, but they are only as powerful as the people who program them…"
  • Research Review -- "No time to read the latest research journals in educational technology?…"
  • Hardware News: A report from the CSR test lab
  • Mailbag
  • Directory of New Releases

 

March/April 1999 Vol. 7, No. 2

  • Homework Help: Software for the Ultimate High-Tech Homework Center
  • Internet News: Nine Great Sites for Kids, Parents and Teachers
  • Sneak Preview: New Stuff That Could Knock Your Socks Off!
  • A Conversation with Mark Schlichting: The Guy Who Thought Up the Living Books -- "If someone asked you to name the best children's software ever made, Living Books would surely make the list…"
  • Help! My Child is Hearing Impaired -- "Have you ever tried to play a CD-ROM without the sound?…"
  • History -- "If ever there was a perfect use for all this whiz-bang technology, it is for turning one of the most boring subjects into one of the most exciting…"
  • Recognizing the Best Children's Software in the World: 16 Titles to Receive the 1999 Bologna New Media Prize
  • Mailbag
  • Directory of New Releases

 

January/February 1999 Vol. 7, No. 1

  • Reading Software: Help with Reading is Just a Mouse Click Away! -- "It's an all too familiar experience. You emerge from your parent-teacher conference with a sinking feeling…"
  • Internet News: The Electronic Parent -- Are You Willing to Pay for Web Site Connection?
  • When is a Tattoo Really a Tattoo? -- "'Tell them it's not fair!' said ten year old Liz, after she tested one of the new "Tattoo" design programs…"
  • What Printing & Publishing Program Should I Buy? -- "As more people have scanners and color inkjet printers plugged into their PCs, the demand for print and design programs has dramatically increased…"
  • Keyboarding Programs: Which are Best for Your Kids? -- "Remember when "typing" referred only to old Royal typewriters
  • Directory of New Releases
  • Mailbag
1998

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November/December 1998 Vol. 6, No. 6

  • Toys that plug into PCs: Gadgets or Gimmicks? -- "As you begin to scan the toy shelves in search of holiday gifts for your children, you'll see a brand new crop of computer devices…"
  • Internet News: The Electronic Parent -- Internet Screening Help
  • A Close Look at the Leading 1999 Encyclopedias -- "If you were stranded on a desert island with just one piece of software, you'd be lucky if you ended up with the 1999 edition of one of these five encyclopedias…"
  • Holiday Buyer's Guide
  • Mailbag
  • Directory of New Releases

 

September/October 1998 Vol. 6, No. 5

  • Do Computers Make Kids Smarter? Sure, But It's Just Not That Simple -- "It's been a matter of debate now for years. Do computers make children smarter?…"
  • In Defense of Edutainment: A challenge to Seymour Papert, educator and inventor of the computer language LOGO -- "The other day, while I was sitting in the waiting room at my dentist's office, I came across a column that reminded me of what a bad word "edutainment" is to some people…"
  • Internet News: The Electronic Parent -- How to Snoop on Your Child's Online Activities
  • Parent Tips from Children's Software Revue -- How to Use Your Home Computer to Support Your Child's School Learning
  • A Survey of the Latest Software Gender Roles -- "There's no doubt about it. The numbers show that both boys and girls have plenty to choose from in the software department…"
  • Two New Reading Tests -- Innerlogic Reading Edge & Reading Success Test
  • What Makes an "Edutainment" Program Classroom Friendly?
  • Smart Home/Classroom Learning -- "In search of a little wisdom and inspiration?…"
  • Rx for Math Skills -- "Whether counting to ten or factoring polynomials, there are plenty of exciting math programs that can give abstract symbols meaning for children…"
  • Future Releases
  • Mailbag
  • Directory of New Releases

 

July/August 1998 Vol. 6, No. 4

  • Summertime Edutainment: Turn Your Computer into a Tutor! -- "Ahhhh-Summer! Two and a half months of "goofing off", playing in the sunshine, resting, relaxing. Does a body good. But how about the mind?…"
  • Safe, Fun Games -- "Looking for some good, clean fun this summer?…"
  • Internet News: The Electronic Parent -- Hand-Held Toys
  • A Closer Look: Software to Support Speech & Language Therapy
  • E3 1998 Future Releases
  • Babies & Computers? Exploring the Controversy -- "When "JumpStart Baby" was first announced a year ago, many thought the title was a joke…"
  • Mailbag

 

 

May/June 1998  Vol. 6, No. 3

  • Carmen! A Conversation with Brøderbund's CEO, Doug Carlston -- "Few people will ever know that when the first Carmen Sandiego program made its debut in 1985, it nearly bombed…"
  • Cooperation at the Computer -- "Two darling children sit happily at the computer, taking turns with the mouse, working contentedly together through a software program. Sounds like a fantasy, right?…"
  • Internet News: Ask a Librarian -- 13 Great Websites for Grown-Ups
  • Learning with Marbles! A Comparison of Six Software Marble-Based Logic Games
  • The ESRB Rating System
  • Rx for Science -- "We sifted through over 500 science titles and picked 26 that support nearly every aspect of science, from anatomy to zoology…"
  • The Electronic Parent: The Real Truth About the WWW -- "You've seen the .coms on billboards and magazine covers…"
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March/April 1998 Vol. 6, No. 2

  • The Children's Software Conversation -- "January 22, 1998 was the day that forty-six children's software designers, educators and educational researchers met-on their own initiative-at Stanford Univ. for what one participant called the "Woodstock of Educational Technologists."…" See also: Standford Children's Software Conversation Transcripts
  • ?Habla Español? Guess what? The best foreign language programs for kids are the ones for adults…"Internet NewsComputer Ages & Stages: What Young Children Can Do, and WhenRx for Reading & Writing -- "Few would debate the importance of learning how to read and write…"Future ReleasesMailbagDirectory of New Releases
  • Six Myths about Children & Computers

 

January/Febrary 1998 Vol. 6, No. 1

  • Scanners & Kids: Create! With Your Computer -- "If you were lucky enough to have parents that took pictures of your childhood, you know how meaningful these "celebration of the past" can be…"Internet News Page, Children's Internet Site Evaluation InstrumentTalking Barbie-90s StyleTwo New Sketchpads Compared1998 Encyclopedia ComparisonRx for History -- "Few would argue against the notion that the best way to learn about something is to experience it…"Future Releases
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1997

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November/December 1997 Vol. 5, No. 6

  • Create! With your Computer -- "Looking for fun craft projects to do with the kids this holiday season?…"Is Something Living in Your Computer? -- "CSR's last editorial on Tamagotchi toys, the handheld electronic pets from Japan, received quite a bit of attention…"An Evaluation of the Microsoft Actimates Early Learning System -- "One of the most interesting children's toys you'll see this fall is the talking Barney doll, produced by Microsoft Corp…"Davidson Retools the Blasters -- "Ending much confusion, Davidson has simplified the names, prices, and platforms for the entire 10 member Blaster line…"A Conversation with Dorling Kindersley's Peter Kindersley, CEO of DK Interactive -- "To most Americans, Dorling Kindersley, (or DK) is not a household name…"CSR's 4th Annual Holiday Gift Guide!Rx for Geography -- "We screened 163 geography titles, and then picked 11 that make practice enjoyable…"Mailbag
  • Directory of New Releases

 

September/October 1997 Vol. 5, No. 5

  • Explosive Growth in Software for Girls -- "In our last issue of CSR (June/July '97), we surveyed 1084 programs from 1996 and 1997 and found a significant shortage of female lead characters (212 male vs. just 75 female)…"Mars: Sites and Software to Support Your School Curriculum -- "The idea of a small, radio-controlled buggy exploring the surface of another planet has helped us adults remember what it is like to be a child again…"Internet Update: Tools For a Child-Friendly InternetSoftware Spotlight: Titles For Toddlers -- "While child development experts debate the appropriateness of computer activities for children under age 3, eager parents have answered the question on their own&emdash;by purchasing large numbers of titles like JumpStart Toddlers…"A Look at "Kid Packs" -- "Bundles, Libraries, Kid-Paks…whatever you call them, one thing's for sure. We're seeing them more and more…"Supporting Your School Curriculum: Software for Algebra -- "If you know a 7th, 8th or 9th grader who is dreading the prospect of facing polynomials this fall, here's some welcome relief…"Supporting Your School's Curriculum: Your Dream Classroom -- "'I have one computer in my room, a PowerMac 5200, which I use for word processing…'"Rx for Spelling -- "The computer can be the perfect tool for making the process of learning to spell more fun, but not without the right software…"Mailbag
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June/July 1997 Vol. 5, No. 3

  • So…You Live With A "Computer Junky?" -- "It's no secret that the CSR staff are obsessed with computers…"Rx for Math Skills -- "We screened 390 math titles, and then picked 18 that pack in math-facts practice…"How Smart Are Computers Really? -- "'Dad…can Fin Fin see me through the glass?" asked 5 year old Steven, staring wide-eyed at the little critter on the screen…"Research Update: Software for Girls -- "…girls reported that they like adventure-based software, video games, and sports activities, all themes perhaps traditionally thought of as boys' territory…"Rainy Day Software -- "Here are some choice picks for those rainy days when kids are looking for indoor fun…"A Conversation with Jan Davidson , co-founder of Davidson & Associates, Inc. -- "For the first time in 20 years, Jan and Bob Davidson, two successful pioneers in the children's software industry, cleaned out their garage…"MailbagIndustry NewsFuture Releases
  • Directory of New Releases

 

May 1997 Vol. 5, No. 2

  • Rx For Reading -- "Were you one of those kids who breezed through the process of learning to read?…"Home Computer IQ Tests: Do They Work? -- "We admit it. Our curiosity was piqued from the first moment we saw Virtual Knowledge's new assessment software, the Children's IQ and Achievement Test…"Top Web Sites -- "Here's a new CSR feature…"Winners of the First Bologna New Media Prize AnnouncedParents Want to Know -- Common QuestionsMailbagBookshelf & News
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February/March 1997 Software Vol. 5, No. 1

  • The Real Truth About How Families Use Computers -- "So you've jumped on the technology roller coaster and purchased a home computer…"EasyBall or Mouse? -- "Recently, we were asked to advise an elementary school on whether to invest in the purchase of the Microsoft EasyBall, for use in Kindergarten classes…"Software For Your Science Fanatic -- "Any teacher or parent knows, it's perfectly natural for children to go through periods of infatuation with one particular subject…"MailbagBooks & Industry News
  • Directory of New Releases

 

December 1996/ January 1997 Vol. 4, No. 6

  • The Bright Future of Children's Software: Predictions for 1997 -- "1996, the year that marked the 100th Anniversary of the births of both learning theorists Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky, was also a year that saw the greatest advances in learning technology…"A Closer Look at 3 Top EncyclopediasDirectory: Where to Find Reviews on the InternetCumulative Index -- 1993-1996Reader Rabbit's Interactive Reading Journey 2 vs. Friendly Forest Reading ClubWant to Know Your Kid's IQ?A Look at Recent Chess ReleasesThe BookshelfIndustry NewsMailbag
  • Directory of New Releases

1996

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October/November 1996 Vol. 4, No. 5

  • 5 Myths About Kids Writing With Computers -- "Of the three 'R's' (reading, writing & 'rithmatic') it is the second 'R' -- writing -- that can be the hardest to master for many children…"A Comparison of Five Recent Math ProgramsThe BookshelfIndustry NewsMailbagFuture Releases
  • Directory of New Releases

 

August/September 1996 Vol. 4, No. 4

  • Getting Started: A Checklist for Success -- "Like blocks, books, and crayons, computers can be another regular quality activity for children…"Computer-Shopping TipsInventorLabs and Invention Studio: A Closer LookSoftware for Special Education Needn't be Boring -- "After reviewing some software specifically designed for children with special needs, we were forced to take a hard look at our position on whether or not to recommend these programs…"Teacher Survey: Favorite & Least Favorite SoftwareThe BookshelfIndustry NewsMailbag
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June/July 1996 Software Vol. 4, No. 3

  • Software Spotlight: Top Science Software -- "We are all scientists…from the time we are babies…"Dear Bill Gates,…Dorling Kindersley: A Company to Watch -- "No article on science software would be complete without mentioning British Publisher Dorling Kindersley (or DK)…"Gender Roles in Children's Software -- A Survey of 1995 Software ReleasesThe BookshelfIndustry NewsMailbagFuture Releases
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April/May 1996 Vol. 4, No. 2

  • Software Spotlight: Top Interactive Storybooks -- "Once upon a time, in the cold fall of 1991, there was a simple program called Just Grandma and Me that took a nice little storybook and gave it an electronic twist…"A CSR Test Family Compares Opening Night & PlaytoonsThe BookshelfIndustry NewsMailbagFuture Releases
  • Directory of New Releases

February/March 1996 Vol. 4, No. 1

  • Top Ten Titles for Creativity -- "As computers have improved over the past year, so have children's creativity programs…"The Mouse vs. Alternative Input DevicesNEW (Type to Learn) vs. CLASSIC (Mavis)Industry NewsMailbagFuture Releases
  • Directory of New Releases

1995

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December 1995/January 1996 Vol. 3, No. 6

  • Software Spotlight: 1995 Holiday Buyer's GuideTid Bits -- "Falling Software Prices (Sort Of)…"Recommendations For The Best Children's $2000 ComputerCumulative Index -- 1993-1995Table of Ratings -- 1993-1995Survey: Our Readers' Best and Worst TitlesMailbag
  • Directory of New Releases

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October/November 1995 Vol. 3, No. 5

  • Software Spotlight: Software for Those "Problem" Areas -- "Now that children are well into the school year, we have begun to receive questions about ways to help teach skills in 'problem areas'…"News, Publications & Special EventsNewsweek Releases Guide to Children's SoftwareHardware NewsA Closer Look at the Winnie the Pooh CDNew Electronic BooksMailbagFuture Releases
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August/September 1995 Vol. 3, No. 4

  • Software Spotlight: Back to School Software -- "The home that our children get a great education is universal…"Windows '95 and Kids…Table: Good Mail Order Software SourcesHardware NewsMailbag
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June/July 1995 Vol. 3, No. 3

  • Software Spotlight: Music Software -- "Any adult who has watched a child in the early stages of language development has witnessed a remarkable process…"Software For Second Languages -- "We had assumed that we would be able to find plenty of good software for teaching second languages to children…"Children and KeyboardingWindows '95: A Case StudyHardware NewsMailbagFuture Releases
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April/May 1995 Vol. 3, No. 2

  • Software Spotlight: References for Kids -- "Ask any veteran teacher: one of the best ways to get a child's attention is to hide something in a bag and say 'guess what's inside!'…"Compton's '95 vs. Encarta '95 -- The Verdict?Libraries & Software: The Time Has Come! -- "You're on your weekly outing to the public library…"A Look at Microsoft BobHardware NewsMailbagFuture Releases
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February/March 1995 Vol. 3, No. 1

  • Software Survey: Top Geography Software -- "In our quest for valuable geography software, we identified a total of 68 titles from our database…"Research Snapshot: Gender Equity & SoftwareSoftware Close-Up: AnatomyComparison: Print Shop vs. Print ArtistSelecting Software for Children with Developmental DelaysHardware NewsMailbagFuture Releases
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1994

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December 1994/January 1995 Vol. 2, No. 6

  • Holiday Buyer's GuideSoftware Spotlight: Software For Literacy -- "Of all that you learn, nothing is as mysterious or debated in education as literacy…"Hardware NewsMailbag
  • Directory of New Releases

October/November 1994 Vol. 2, No. 5

  • Software Spotlight: Software For Science -- "Science for children is a subject that can be thrilling or extraordinarily dull…"Hardware NewsMailbag
  • Directory of New Releases

August/September 1994 Vol. 2, No. 4

  • How to Buy SoftwareHardware NewsMailbag
  • Directory of New Releases

June/July 1994 Vol. 2, No. 3

  • Software Spotlight: Math Facts Software -- "Kissing your aunt, cleaning your room, and learning your math facts are just a few of the unpleasant but necessary facts of childhood…"Hardware News
  • Directory of New Releases

April/May 1994 Vol. 2, No. 2

  • Software Spotlight: Creativity -- "'WOW!' says 3-year old Kelsey, as she repeatedly adds