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Welcome to Warren Buckleitner's Media Page
(Last update, December 2008).

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Biography (call if you need longer or shorter versions)
Born the same year as BF Skinner’s teaching machine (1958), Warren Buckleitner has been reviewing children’s technology products now for over half of his life. After five years in the classroom and ten years at the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, he established Children's Technology Review earning him SIIA's First Journalism Codie Award for "Best Software Reviewer." He is an advisor to Consumer Reports WebWatch and teaches both at NYU and the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. He is also a regular contributor to the New York Times Circuits page, and writes for Parents, PARADE, Disney Family, Scholastic Parent & Child and others. A former preschool and elementary school teacher, he holds a BS in Elementary Education (cum laude), an MS in human development and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Michigan State University. He is the founder of the Dust or Magic Institute (www.dustormagic.com) and the Mediatech Foundation (www.mediatech.org). He likes to try to IM with his two teenage daughters, who are his best teachers.

Head shots: These are all 180 pixels wide. For a higher resolution version, click the image. There are more informal photos on my facebook page.

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Top: Two headshot options, at right giving testimony to Congress in 2007. (Testimony as a PDF).
Below: Below, with daughters, Sarah (left) and Jenna (right).

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Speaking/Keynotes:
Michigan Virtual University was one of my hardest speeches ever, partly because my doctoral advisor introduced me and then sat in the front row. I talked about the future of educational technology. You can view it on a Windows browser here (a plugin may be required for Macintosh browsers). I've given other talks for the Sandbox Summit at CES (covered here by Newsweek), ALSC ChildTech committee (The Mediatech Foundation: Mixing Gaming Culture With Library Culture) and PBS Kids Content Providers (the latter was unpaid, other than travel, due to the potential conflict).

Writing Samples: Newspapers
The New York Times I have been a contributor to the New York Times (78+ articles or newswatch items, starting in 2003). Here's a link to one of my first larger articles discussing the evolution of technology in toys. Another, So Young, So Gadgeted was an attempt to link Piagetian stages with technology.

Writing Samples: Published Research and Journals
Consumer Reports WebWatch. In the Spring of 2008, I completed an ethnographic project that examined how younger children use the Internet. See Like Taking Candy From a Baby: How Young Children Interact with Online Environments. From 2005-06 I worked with Linda Bradway and a talented editing team at ConsumerWebwatch to test ten commercial online SAT test prep services. The resulting paper was summarized in the September 2006 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.
ERIC database. Here's a listing of 16 citings that go back over the years. There are some links to some good articles that appeared in Child Care Information Exchange, with Charles Hohman, Ph.D. and Kerry Olsen.
Dissertation. Dry, but invigorating. A shortened and easier to read version is in the Fall 06 edition of Early Education and Development Journal 17(3), 489-505, titled "The Relationship Between Software Design and Children's Engagement." I love to speak to graduate programs (or anyone who will listen) on the topic of engagement and design.
Google Scholar comes up with a mish-mosh of 100 or so citations.
State Of Children's Software Evaluation, the: Yesterday, Today and in the 21st Century published in Information Technology in Childhood Education (1999), 211-220 was an important article.
School Library Journal did a profile on Mediatech Foundation (Spring of 2008).

Writing Samples: Parenting Magazines
Nick Jr. Family Magazine (PDF) It was always a pleasure to work with Tracey Keevan and the staff at Nick Jr. to create the annual "Best Video Games for Kids awards" segment. Sadly, NickJR stopped printing in the Spring of 2007; we will continue this effort with Parents Magazine.
PARADE Magazine
I've been working with PARADE for many years, creating biannual reviews of children's technology products.
Scholastic Parent & Child. As an Editorial Consultant, I have helped P&C with software and video game reviews for many years.
Disney Family.com. I am wrote three articles in the Fall of 2008.

Writing Samples: Teaching/Education Magazines
Child Care Information Exchange. Practical articles on using technology in ECE settings
District Administration. A column on technology from 1995 to 2001.
Early Childhood Today. Software columns, reviews and advice from 1991 to present. See also this article on assessment, or this cover story (April 2007) on how to help young children find and use information.
Instructor Magazine. Ann Orr and I wrote several columns on software for many years.
School Library Journal. Software recommendations for librarians.

Television and Radio
National Public Radio (this is an audio file). All Things Considered, January 19, 2007. This is a conversation with NPR reporter Lynn Neary on social sites for children. (Hats off to NPR for nailing this story; free of hype). I also contributed to a segment on the use of technology for home schooling.
NBC Evening News. This is a slanted April 23, 2007 segment for NBC on social networking sites like Club Penguin and Webkinz. There seems to be a lack of common sense in the design of this story.
CNN
. I've contributed to segments on children's technology products since 2004.
Finally, here's my YouTube channel.

Editorial Guidelines
My relationship with the industry I review and write about is defined by CTR's Editorial Guidelines. If you'd like to hire me to speak to your group (or any other activity where money, products or tropical vacations change hands), please remember: I can't take money or favors -- informal or informal -- from organizations whose products I review.

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Vita (as a Word file)

Thanks for your interest!

W. Buckleitner

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