Started by former teachers in 1993, Children’s Software Revue began as a quarterly 12-page newsletter. Over time, the publication has evolved into a full-color magazine containing 100 to 200 authoritative reviews and ratings, as well as helpful articles, tips, and spotlights on each school subject. The publication’s web site offers a database of more than 4,000 reviews, called the Children’s Software Finder, which is searchable by title, publisher, rating, platform, grade level, or subject. Reviews are conducted independently by three or more different qualified parties and include feedback from test families, libraries, or schools. In addition, the reviews are open for public comment, so you can see what others have to say about a particular title. Software is rated on a scale of one to five, according to six different criteria: ease of use, child-appropriate, educational, entertaining, intelligence of design, and value.
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