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  • Awesome Science Reading List for Kids   This post is a little bit unusual for us for a's something we would typically share on a Saturday, when we're game for anything. But when we saw this list of super science books for kids on the Brain Pickings blog, we had to make an exception. It's not a new post for them, but it's ...
  • Elementary Math EdApp of the Day: Llama Drama   Ooh, we have such a good one for you today! Elementary teachers and parents, we think you'll really like Llama Drama: Lumio Multiplication from Lighthouse Learning.  Llama Drama asks learners to use onscreen arrays and manipulate items to fill those arrays in order to solve multiplication and division problems. Llama Drama has adapting levels of difficulty ...
  • Top 4 Science EdApps for Kids of May   Science fans, here are our four highest rated science apps for May. Not quite as many good ones as we usually like to see each month, but there four are worth a look! Doozers Solve It From The Jim Henson Company, this physics-based game is available in the Apple ($2.99), Google Play ($2.99) and Amazon ($2.99) app ...

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  • Balefire Labs at New Hampshire Society for Technology in Education April 11, 2015 This week we had the pleasure of participating in the New Hampshire Society for Technology in Education's (NHSTE) Apps Across the Curriculum workshop in Bedford, NH. What a wonderful group of people! The organizers of this meeting couldn't have been any nicer or more welcoming. And the teachers who we met were so ...
  • Chicago Toy & Game Group Interviews Balefire Labs’ Karen Mahon April 3, 2015 This past week, our President, Karen Mahon, had the opportunity to be interviewed by Mary Couzin, of the Chicago Toy & Game Group. The Chicago Toy & Game Group is well known as it puts on The International Toy & Game Innovation Conference in Chicago every year. Karen had the chance to talk about ...
  • 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 ...