Poudre River Public Library District has a valuable eResource that is especially useful for parents, teachers, and caregivers – Children’s Technology Review.
This in-library resource is an objective, searchable archive of over 12,000 expert and user reviews for a variety of interactive media like apps, video games, software, devices and smart toys. While they cannot review all of the available apps and interactive media, the reviewers do cover a range of age groups from birth to age 15.
Each review is based on a common set of attributes including ease of use, educational nature, ability to entertain, design features, and quality value, but they can also include other important criteria like ethnic diversity, durability, or sound quality. Reviews include explanations and commentary as well as a letter grade rating and a star rating for quick reference.
When you access the Children’s Technology Review database, the newest reviews will come up first, but you can also filter your search by age, grade, technology platform, educational focus, and more. Or you can choose to sort your results by date, rating, views, and other options.
For nearly four years, Library District staff has used Children’s Technology Review to evaluate apps for the in-house iPads for kids and teens but also to create recommendation lists. We’re happy that library customers can now access this great resource, too.
To locate Children’s Technology Review from the library’s homepage, click on the Research tab, click on the letter “C” and scroll down to Children’s Technology Review. The database also includes links to a monthly magazine of reviews. Access to the database and monthly magazine, including back issues, is available in-house only at each of the three library locations. Ask a staff member for assistance if you have questions.
Try it out and let us know how you like it.
Vicky Hays is a veteran early literacy librarian at Poudre River Public Library District who frequently researches and recommends age-appropriate and developmentally-appropriate technologies and media for children and families.