Tag Archives: Child

How Can We Encourage Co-Creation in EdTech?


It’s been a long week for me. I’ve been working on the next big thing that we’re launching next week at Balefire Labs. I won’t give it away here, but suffice it to say that only something really cool brought … Continue reading

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What is Student Engagement? And What Should it Be?


Maybe those seems like weird questions. But they’ve been bouncing around in my head for a while now. I hear a lot of people talk about student engagement as a goal, but I get the impression that not everyone means … 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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Creativity and Basic Skills in Education


Creativity is a complex subject. To say the least. It’s also a topic that creates a great deal of conflict. I’ve been thinking about creativity for a long time as it applies to learning and education. I’m not really sure that … Continue reading

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Newtown Violence: A Defense of Autism Spectrum Disorders


I remember when I first heard the description of Newtown shooter Adam Lanza on the radio.  “Quiet student, kept to himself, carried a briefcase at school.”  “Oh no,” I thought to myself, “Asperger’s.”  Nobody was talking about a potential developmental … Continue reading

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Attention problem? Let’s blame classroom technology!


I don’t know how I managed to miss this story, but did you all see the piece in the NY Times a few weeks ago, Technology Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say?  If you didn’t, you should check it out.  The … Continue reading

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Algebra, Chocolate-Covered Broccoli and Insanity


As all of you know by now, I spend quite a bit of my time reviewing ed tech products.  And as I’ve been reviewing educational apps I’ve always wondered what would happen when the day came when the material got … Continue reading

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The Republican Education Platform for 2012


  The silly season of politics is upon us.  In an effort to do my part, I am going to endeavor, here, to provide an overview of the two parties’ education platforms.  My disclaimer is that I am digging through … Continue reading

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What Do Austin Powers and My Mom Have in Common?


“Oh, Behave!” My post today is in honor of my mom, Jane Mahon, and other mothers out there who do an awesome job parenting, just based on their natural intuition.  They didn’t need any of that fancy book-learnin’ that I … Continue reading

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