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Latest Blog Posts

  • 100 New App Reviews for Back-to-School Here we are….Back to School! And to kick things off, here are 100 new app reviews…something for everyone…hope you enjoy them! Mathematics Science Social Studies English/Language Arts
  • 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 ...
  • 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 EdTech Times   We were delighted to be asked to provide a “year in review” to the good folks at the EdTechTimes. Not only did it give us a chance to update their readers on what we’ve been up to, but it also let us appreciate how far we’ve come in one short year! Please check out the article ...
  • Happy Birthday to Us! Well, we’re not drooling, we’re not teething and we’re not in diapers. But yes, friends, we are one year-old today! We’re so excited…the past year has flown by in many ways, and yet, it doesn’t seem possible that it’s only been a year. And we wouldn’t have made it to this special day without YOUR ...
  • 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 ...