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Latest Blog Posts

  • Skill Smashing with Educational Apps If you’re using apps in your classroom, you may have heard about something called “app smashing.” The idea behind app smashing is that you use two or more apps, in conjunction, with your students, to allow them to create something new. Usually app smashing is discussed in the context of multiple creativity or productivity apps, ...
  • 100 New App Reviews for October! Need something fun to do this weekend? How about checking out some of the 100 new apps we’ve just reviewed? Mathematics Science Social Studies English/Language Arts
  • 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

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  • Balefire Labs Helps App Developers Differentiate Themselves in Crowded Educational Technology Marketplace¬† Expert educational software design & evaluation services launch today We have the capability to help a software team through its entire development process. Tyngsborough, MA (PRWEB) October 15, 2014 Balefire Labs (, a leading curator of educational technology products, announces today the addition of Developer Services to its existing offering. Educational software developers will now be able to ...
  • Mobile Devices in the Classroom Webinars October 21 & November 4 Webinars: Mobile Devices in the Classroom I and II Join the Center for Innovation in Learning and Balefire Labs for two Webinars: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CDT Tuesday, November 4, 2014, from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CDT  These two webinars are based on CIL’s newest Practice Guide, Creating a Content Strategy for Mobile Devices in the Classroom. Its author Karen Mahon, ...
  • 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 ...