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  • StoryCorps Adds a Mobile App – Great for Kids! March 28, 2015 Happy Saturday once again! You know, we always look forward to Saturdays and the chance to tell you about something really neat that we find that isn't necessarily an instructional app! This Saturday we want to talk about StoryCorps. Many of you have probably already heard Story Corps stories on National Public Radio. StoryCorps ...
  • Relevance of Active Student Responding in EdApps March 27, 2015 By Karen Mahon Today we're discussing another of our review criteria, Frequent, Meaningful Learner Interaction. As a reminder, here is our definition of this criterion: The app provides plenty of opportunities for the learner to practice the skills related to the learning objective. To meet this criterion, there must be a minimum of one meaningful learner ...
  • Get Water! A Physics-Based Social Studies EdApp March 26, 2015 The app we're featuring today is kind of a quirky little app. In truth, we had trouble deciding what to do with this app and how to categorize it. But we decided just to evaluate it and give a few suggestions for how to use it and turn you loose with it. That app ...

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  • Balefire Labs Service Now FREE for All Users February 2, 2015 At Balefire Labs we are thrilled to announce today that full access to our educational app review service is now FREE to all users. We know that money is tight for teachers. So in an effort to help more teachers and parents have access to great information about apps, we have discontinued paid subscriptions to our ...
  • Balefire Labs Featured by EdCentral Holiday Guide We were delighted to be included in EdCentral's Holiday Guide for EdApp Reviews. The article was sponsored by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, a well known research and innovation lab that focuses on educating children. Here's what Kathleen Costanza, author of App Reviews to Help Choose Ed Tech this Holiday Season had to say about us: If you're a ...
  • 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 ...