Monthly Archives: October 2013

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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There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t


I really enjoyed this piece. We know that everyone can learn…and we know that optimizing the learning conditions and providing plenty of practice opportunities make a big difference. Competencies and capabilities are not fixed in something called “intelligence!”

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Musings on What I Forgot to Be Grateful For in Corporate Life


Today I’m sitting here, manning my own booth, at the Massachusetts Computer Using Educators Conference at Gillette Stadium. I’m here exhibiting Balefire Labs, which by now you know is my ed tech startup that provides an online service reviewing educational … Continue reading

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Lessons from a dolphin trainer for any manager or parent


Originally posted on John Stepper:
Despite my experience raising five kids aged 3 to 18, I’ve been using ineffective parenting techniques for a very long time. As Einstein might have said, I’ve been insane. In trying to shape my children’s behavior,…

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What Sir Ken Got Wrong


Originally posted on Joe Kirby's blog:
“We are educating people out of their creativity” Sir Ken Robinson   Sir Ken Robinson’s ideas on education are not only impractical; they are undesirable.   If you’re interested in education, at some…

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How the iPad can turn teaching special ed ‘on its head’


I worked in special ed for a long time and really enjoyed this article. Hope you do too.

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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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What I Learned at my CHIFOO Talk


This past Wednesday I had the opportunity to give a talk at the Computer-Human Interaction Forum of Oregon (CHIFOO). CHIFOO is a really interesting group. They are a local chapter of SIGCHI, the premier international society for professionals, academics and students … Continue reading

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