Tag Archives: App Store

Does Price Predict Quality of Educational Apps?


Skeptical about the instructional value of paid educational apps? Our research at Balefire Labs shows that you should be. We pretty regularly get questions and comments about paid versus free apps. There seem to be two general (and competing) schools … Continue reading

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A Great Math App for Kids


Just in case you didn’t catch it someplace else, I thought I’d share the free math app review that we published this week over on Balefire Labs. I’ve talked to you guys about the Native Numbers app before, but here … Continue reading

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Only Two of the Top 10 EdApps in iTunes are Worth Buying


This blog post originally appeared on the Balefire Labs blog. A lot of teachers and parents we talk to have told us that when they are trying to find apps for their kids they look at the Top Charts in … Continue reading

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HUGE News! Find the Best Educational Apps NOW!


Today’s the day we’ve all been waiting for, so I hope you’ll forgive my overflowing giddiness! Yes, today, my new business, Balefire Labs, launches!! Parents and teachers, we can help you find the educational apps that provide the best instruction … Continue reading

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Ed App Reviews: Will My Kid Like It?


I’ve noticed something pretty interesting in ed tech. I’m wondering if you’ve noticed it too. There are people out there in ed tech who think it’s meaningful to recommend a product according to whether it is liked by their own … Continue reading

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What’s the Trend for Technology Use in the Classroom?


A few weeks ago I met a woman who asked me about “the recent trend in pulling technology out of elementary school classrooms.” For a minute I was kind of speechless. Then I tried to explain to her that all of … Continue reading

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My 100th Post: Balefire Labs and #EdApps


I’ve been a bit off the grid this past week, so my apologies for not writing. That said, this is my 100th blog post! Wow! Thinking back to my first blog post, it’s been a really fun ride. For my … Continue reading

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Parents’ thoughts on K12 Mobile Learning!


We know that smart devices and mobile learning are HOT in K12 right now. And here’s what parents have to say (we think they like it!)

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The Problems with Free Educational Apps


I was talking to a school superintendent last week about how her district selects iPad apps for use in the classrooms. She said that the first thing they do is separate the free from the paid apps…and then they go … Continue reading

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Creating Effective (and Successful) Educational Apps!


I often get my inspiration for blog posts by reading the blog posts of others…and today is no exception. Yesterday, on the Edudemic blog, Jeff Dunn wrote a post called A Roadmap for Successful Educational App Development. His list is … Continue reading

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