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
- 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 ...
- 101 NEW Educational App Reviews for November!
Just can’t get enough of our great app reviews? Well here are the 101 apps that are newly reviewed and now on our website! If you’re already a subscriber, click on any of the links below to see the full review of that app. And if you’re not, what are you waiting for? Click here and become a member ...
- 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 ...
- Founder Karen Mahon Speaks to Investor’s Business Daily
Karen recently had the opportunity to talk to Sonja Carberry at Investor’s Business Daily about getting the maximum benefit out of conferences and seminars.
“It was a lot of fun to have the opportunity to address a crowd that is outside of our usual audience at Balefire Labs,” Karen shared. “As entrepreneurs, networking is such an important ...