What makes Balefire Labs different?
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.
We do not accept advertising from companies that develop apps and we never get paid for reviews.
Latest Blog Posts
- 3 Great Kids’ Apps for Computer Programming!
Hey everybody, December 9th through 15th is Computer Science Education Week! Wow, a whole week to promote kids’ learning to code! We think that’s really exciting because we know that computer programming jobs are growing at twice the national average!
In honor of Computer Science Education Week there’s a big worldwide movement called the Hour of Code. ...
- A Great ELA App for Early Elementary Kids
Hey, it’s that time again! Time for us to share with you an app that we think is pretty great.
This month we’re featuring an English Language Arts app for kids ages 6-9. This app, Rhyming Words, doesn’t have fancy graphics or lots of cute animations. But what it does have is really good instruction — ...
- Are Homeschoolers the Biggest EdTech Users?
According to the most recent numbers from the US Department of Education there are nearly 1.8 million students being homeschooled in the United States. That’s up nearly 300,000 since 2007 and accounts for about 3.4% of the school-age population.
Since 2007 more has changed than just the number of children being homeschooled. The practices in homeschooling ...
- Balefire Labs is one of 100 Top Sites of 2013!
Balefire Labs “is one of the best new sites around to find detailed educational app reviews.”
That’s what David Kapuler had to say in his ‘Top 100 Sites and Apps of 2013′ yesterday on the Tech & Learning Advisor Blog. And of course, we were tickled pink to be included in that list! David is ...
- 5 Important Questions before Giving your Child a Smart Device
Over on her personal blog today, Karen had a guest blogger, Reese Jones, who wrote about some important questions you should ask yourself (and talk to your child about) before giving him or her a smart device.
The list of questions is actually good for parents and teachers alike and we thought you’d like to read ...
- Karen’s Article Picked Up by District Administration!
Last week we told you about Karen’s article, “The Worst Ways to Select Education Apps,” that appeared on the Connected Learning Today site.
Well we’re excited to share that the article has been picked up by District Administrator! If you haven’t seen it already, check it out here! And don’t be shy about sharing! We hope ...