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Latest Blog Posts

  • New Free Guide for Content + Mobile Devices Strategy   We’re so excited to announce that the Center for Innovations in Learning at Temple University has just published a new guide, Creating a Content Strategy for Mobile Devices in the Classroom, authored by our own President and Founder, Karen Mahon. The guide, which is available for free to anyone who visits the site, covers the following range of topics: Preparing ...
  • New Educational Apps for Summer – 100 New Reviews   So how many of you parents have already heard the dreaded “I’m bored” that seems to come with summer? And we’ve got your number, teachers, and know you already have next fall on your minds. So here are 100 new app reviews…a little something for everyone, we hope! These 100 apps are newly reviewed and now on our ...
  • Planning a Tablet Implementation for the Classroom   We get asked quite frequently about how to plan for a tablet implementation and how to choose the right device for the classroom. Well, we have some opinions about these issues, but we are not experts on the hardware side of these kinds of questions. Instead, we’d like to share this link to this new report ...

Latest News

  • Balefire Labs featured in Lowell Sun Entrepreneur Article   A couple of weeks ago our President, Karen Mahon, had the chance to participate in a great discussion about entrepreneurship at the Merrimack Valley Sandbox with Lowell Sun reporter Dan O’Brien. Well, here’s the article that came from that…and we’re so delighted that Dan mentioned us. Thanks, Dan, for the shout out! Not only that….but here’s ...
  • Balefire Labs will be at MassHope Homeschool Convention We’re excited that we will be at the MassHope Homeschool Convention later this week, April 25-26, at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. It’s always fun to talk to homeschooling parents because most of them have been using mobile technologies with their kids for longer periods of time than the public schools have. And because homeschooling ...
  • 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 (www.BalefireLabs.com)– 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 ...