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  • Kids’ Science EdApp of the Day   Well, you know how much we love science on this site. After all, our whole model is based on science!  Today we're sharing National Geographic's DEEPSEA CHALLENGE. This app is a science puzzler game in which the learner must conduct virtual ocean dives, manipulating a manned submersible through rings in the ocean, avoiding obstacles and completing ...
  • Top Rated Kids’ EdApps of July   It's a good month for high quality edapps. We have 15 apps this month that earned letter grades of A or B, according to our research-based criteria. That puts these apps in the top 12% of the more than 4,400 apps that we have reviewed! And we have that extra rare find...an app that earned ...
  • 8 Kids’ Apps for the 4th of July   It's that time of year again for thinking about the origins and history of the United States. Here in the Boston area we have daily reminders of the American Revolution, but the 4th of July is always something extra special. Today we're sharing 10 apps that focus on the United States' history and civics. Great ...

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  • EdTech Provider Balefire Labs Adds Categories to Kids’ Educational App Curation Site   Reviews of Puzzler Games and Serious Games Are Now Searchable Tyngsborough, MA (PRWEB) June 22, 2015 Balefire Labs, Inc (http://www.BalefireLabs.com) -- provider of free educational app reviews for teachers and parents-- announced today that its online service has expanded to include reviews of kids' puzzler games and serious games for PreK-12. "Puzzler games and serious games are the ...
  • Balefire Labs at New Hampshire Society for Technology in Education April 11, 2015 This week we had the pleasure of participating in the New Hampshire Society for Technology in Education's (NHSTE) Apps Across the Curriculum workshop in Bedford, NH. What a wonderful group of people! The organizers of this meeting couldn't have been any nicer or more welcoming. And the teachers who we met were so ...
  • Chicago Toy & Game Group Interviews Balefire Labs’ Karen Mahon April 3, 2015 This past week, our President, Karen Mahon, had the opportunity to be interviewed by Mary Couzin, of the Chicago Toy & Game Group. The Chicago Toy & Game Group is well known as it puts on The International Toy & Game Innovation Conference in Chicago every year. Karen had the chance to talk about ...