Chatterbox: In This Month's Issue
Cricket on iPad!
Yes, in the next few weeks Cricket will release a digital edition of the magazine for iPads. (A version for Kindle Fire is scheduled for the fall.) The digital edition has some cool extra features. There are links that will take you straight from your iPad to the website, where you can post thoughts about the stories and talk to friends on the Chatterbox, ask questions of featured authors and artists, email the Letterbox, and see contest winners. You can also fill out the Crossbird puzzle on your iPad, view short videos and slideshows, and see early sketches for many of the illustrations in the issue.
We’ll let you know when the digital edition becomes available and how you might download it to an iPad or get a digital subscription. The May/June issue (O.K., we're a little late) will be available to everybuggy as a free sample.
We’re hoping that, with the links in the digital editions, more kids will find their way to the Chatterbox. The digital editions will also make it easier for kids all over the world to get Cricket. Cricket has partnered with a global educational Internet company called ePals that has a growing network of children and classrooms in countries around the world. In time, many of these kids should also be drawn to the Chatterbox.
New Stuff on Chatterbox and Coming Redesign!
In order to help new kids using the digital editions to start sharing ideas on the Chatterbox, there are links at the end of many of the stories with a question to prompt an online response. These links go to new threads in the This Month section. You’ll see them there starting today. We hope you’ll post your thoughts on these threads, too.
Finally, in the next few months—perhaps by the fall—we’re going to be redesigning and updating the website and Chatterbox. Among other things, we’re hoping to improve your experience working together to create stories, perhaps with a Gallery for sharing stories and art, and maybe photographs and even video projects.
We know everybuggy wants some kind of search engine, but
we’d also like to hear more about your experience working with the Chatterbox.
1) Do you think the six basic categories of the Chatterbox (Pudding’s Place, Inkwell, Down to Earth, and so on) make sense? Should we keep these? Make more or different ones?
2) What’s it like sharing your stories and role-playing on the Chatterbox? Does it work O.K.? Is it frustrating and disorganized?
3) Is there anything about the Chatterbox that you would add or change?
Thanks so much for giving us your opinions.
(June 25, 2012 - 1:43 pm)