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Introducing the CTR Flex Rubric
CTR's new tool for evaluating interactive media using an adaptable set of criteria
The Flex Rubric is CTR's new tool for evaluating interactive media using an adaptable set of criteria. Because a single set of criteria may not apply to all types of products, CTR has created an array of rubrics comprised of custom-picked Quality Attributes designed to fit various genres. These Quality Attributes can be weighted by the reviewer depending on the perceived importance of each criterion in any particular case. Publishers and CTR Subscribers can evaluate products with the Flex Rubric on CTREX to share their own opinions and become a part of the exchange. A custom rubric tool is also available to rate products using up to ten Quality Attributes.

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Can you get started in 5 to 15 seconds with minimal reading or starting steps? What is the MUC (Minimum User Competence) hurdle? MUC is defined as the prerequisite abilities are required to get into the experience, or the first "hurdle." Are these skills or abilities lower than the skills the experience is designed to foster or enhance? Does the product foster accidental success? Accidental success means you can lean on the keyboard, mouse or touch screen and something "right" happens. Consider all the hoops you need to use the product. Are they minimal and appropriate?
Are the initial launch screens short, and can the by easily bypassed or skipped? If you struggle when in the experience and need help, is that help (or scaffolding) included and/or appropriate? Is the interface crisp and responsive, fostering feelings of success?

HIGH - It does just what I'd expect. You tap the app icon and see a giant "start" button for example. Toca Boca apps are famously easy to use. Just touch the large pulsing start buttons. Key navigation icons are easy to find anywhere in the experience.

LOW - Might have cluttered choice screens and too many instructions that can't be skipped. Key navigation icons might obscured or not visable, making a child feel trapped. An app designed to help a child learn to read that uses a menu where reading is required is a class MUC problem.


http://childrenstech.com/about/ratings#easeofuse
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This item is subjective and should be used only when comparing products that are similar in price, platform and intention. Design features associated with quality can vary widely. It might be the ability to adjust sound or individualize the presentation for a specific child can increase the the overall value and meaningfulness of the experience for a child. Well designed products might be "smart" or can adapt to a child's ability or behavior. Other features might include
• Speech capacity, or text to speech.
• Scaffolding and help features, when appropriate.
• Sharing features -- including the ability to save work, save photos or print reports of progress.
• Record keeping of a child's past performance.
• Branching, meaning a fluid challenge that gets hard or easier depending on how the child does?
• The ability for a child to put their ideas into the experience.
• The ability to adjust or toggle sounds.
• Feedback that is customized in some way to the individual child.
• Teacher/parent options that are easy to find and use.

http://childrenstech.com/about/ratings#designfeatures
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How much does it cost vs. what does it do? This item is subjective and should be used to compare similar products with the same intention. You can also define "value" in terms of time or money. Complexity of downloading and installing can increase setup time increasing the overall cost, even if the initial download is $free. http://childrenstech.com/about/ratings#goodvalue
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This is a quality attribute that has a lot of room for interpretation. Make a list of three or four close competitors to this product and compare. If this is a plush toy, can it survive the Golden Retriever test, comparable to competitive products? If dropped and tossed around, will it still work? If it is a flying toy, can the rotors be replaced? If it is stepped on or a child sits on it, will is still work? Can you drop it down a staircase, without damage?
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Use with toys: flying toys, watch me toys, apps, video games. Does the experience all for multiple ability levels. Can it grow with a child? If there are many parts to the toy, will the set work if a few parts are lost? Many products have a novelty period, where initial interest is very high. But this can fade quickly. Ask: Will the product be around in a month? In a year? In ten years? Hexbugs use button cell batteries which don't last long, and are harder to purchase. In addition, the bugs can become lost easy, or carried away by a curious cat.
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Use this quality attribute for robotics or plush toys or non-fiction apps.
Does it sound and move in a lifelike way? Are the colors, paints and dyes realistic? If this is a toy from a movie or television show, does the toy or IM product work the way a child might expect? This is a quality attribute that has a lot of room for interpretation. Make a list of three or four close competitors to this product and compare.
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Use this attribute for anything that emit sound, but use it carefully and be careful about your bias.

For hardware (headphones, speakers or tablets), consider volume range and speaker quality, when compared to price competitive products released around the same time.

For apps, video games or software products assess the quality of the music and/or speech. See also narration quality. Does the music support the overall work? Are "real" instruments uses?
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Is the narration quality human-like, or similar to the source material?
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If it is a talking Elmo, is Elmo's voice clear and easy to hear? Is the volume appropriate for a noisy classroom or the back seat of a car?
Make sure to check different language options. Sometimes different narrators are used for each language, and quality can vary. If so, make sure to note that in the review.
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