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  • Adapting Difficulty is Critical to Quality EdApps March 5, 2015 By Karen Mahon Adapting levels of difficulty is one of our most critical indicators of instructional quality when we review apps. Today I wanted to talk about why that is. First, a quick definition of adapting levels of difficulty, according to our criteria: "The difficulty of the material increases and/or decreases automatically, depending on the ...
  • 3 Top EdApps for National Grammar Day March 4, 2015 Okay, we admit it. We're total grammar nerds. So National Grammar Day is one of our favorites! This gives us the excuse we need to be grammar nitpickers. Here are our top three recommended grammar apps to use with your kids. Grammar Pop HD - From Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty, and winner of our ...
  • 7 Top Rated EdApps for March March 3, 2015 Here they are, folks, our 7 top rated apps for March... This month we're pleased to share the following seven apps (out of 100 reviewed) that are earned our highest ratings for the month. We have something from every category this month...Math, Science, ELA and Social Studies. In fact, one of this month's top rated apps targets ...

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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 ...