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New Study Examines Language & Literacy Apps

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The Joan Ganz Cooney Center and The New America Foundation have just released a new study called “Getting a Read on the App Stores: A Market Scan and Analysis of Literacy Apps.” The study examines 183 popular language and literacy apps for kids from three popular markets: Amazon, the Google Play Store, and the iTunes App Store. They specifically focused on apps that had made it into “Top 50” lists (both paid and free) on these platforms, or apps that had recently won critical acclaim from expert websites. (The study began in 2014, but the report was only just released.) Read More

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[Review] Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution

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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution (henceforth referred to only as Naruto Shippuden: UNSR) is a pleasant surprise of a fighting game. Based on the ridiculously popular Naruto manga and anime, the game is a pretty straightforward example of the genre, pitting character against character in brief battles. There’s a bit more to it, but the basic idea is that players can choose their favorite characters from the anime and fight other characters using ninja techniques unique to each.

Disclaimer: I love Naruto. I’ve gone through ups and downs with it, and these days I only check in once every two or three years to see where the story is going, but I really do love Naruto—I’ve been a fan for more than 10 years. The story’s emphasis on friendship, hard work, and hope even in dark situations got me through some tough times when I was a kid. It’s also just a cool story about ninjas and the awesome ninja stuff they do. Read More