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The Best Educational Apps for Kids. Determined by Science.


We evaluate apps according to the best practices of instructional design and usability design…as established by scientific research!


We use clearly-defined criteria that help you understand how apps are designed and what they do.


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Latest Blog Posts

  • Privacy for Kids Using Devices: Disconnect Kids In our travels looking at apps for kids we occasionally come across something that parents and teachers should really know about in order to protect their kids’ privacy. This is one of those times. Disconnect Kids is an iOS app that, once installed, blocks third-party mobile tracking services from collecting data on how your kids are ...
  • Banning Handheld Device Use by Kids Under 12: A Response March 28, 2014 On March 6th of this year the Huff Post Parents blog published an article called “10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12“ by a woman named Cris Rowan, a pediatric occupational therapist. As evidence, Ms. Rowen offered 10 “research-based” reasons for a ban. Here at Balefire ...
  • 101 New EdApp Reviews for March Well, now that pretty much all of the CCSS alignment is done, we’re back to our usual routine of adding at least 100 new app reviews every month. This month we had another good go of it, with about 40% of the apps we reviewed earning a grade of C or better! So here’s the list ...

Latest News

  • Balefire Labs Named Best New Product or Service in EdTech Digest’s 2014 Cool Tool Awards Science-Based Educational App Review Service Breaks New Ground in Helping Educators TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass., March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Balefire Labs, Inc (– provider of online, PreK-12, educational app reviews for teachers and parents– announced today that it has won the Cool Tool Award for the Best New Product or Service from EdTech Digest in its fourth ...
  • All-Star “EdApp Nation” Panel Announced for ASCD’s National Conference for Educators Educators from around the world converge on Los Angeles for ASCD14 as thought leaders discuss mobile education apps and their future in education. Nashville, TN (PRWEB) March 11, 2014 - Today, RANDA Solutions announced the panelists on an all-star mobile education app forum at ASCD’s 69th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show convening in Los Angeles March 15-17. Randall Dennis, ...
  • Balefire Labs is Finalist in EdTech Digest’s 2014 Cool Tool Awards We’re so excited to share that Balefire Labs is a finalist in the ‘New Product or Service’ category of EdTech Digest’s Cool Tool Awards. We’re in a category with a lot of other great companies…it’s going to be a tough competition! Go check out the full list here!