A Stranger in a Strange Land (with apologies to Robert Heinlein)


Wanted to do a quick share of an article I just wrote for another blog….hope you all enjoy it. Please let me know your thoughts! /k

Behavior Analysis and Technology

I had a really interesting discussion today with a kids’ learning app developer. She was upset because her app, which got rave reviews from a number of other review sites, had received a letter grade of “F” from us at Balefire Labs. To her credit, she wanted to talk about and better understand our review criteria. I took her through our criteria and explained where and how her app didn’t meet them. I gave examples of how her team could make some simple (and some not-so-simple) changes to their app so that it would meet our criteria and earn a higher grade. We chatted at some length about how to design instruction to achieve student mastery. She seemed to get it. But at the end of the call she said to me, “Well, that’s not really what our app is intended to do. It’s not really supposed to…

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About karen mahon

i am a behavior and learning scientist. i hold an ed.d. in educational psychology and am trained as an instructional designer. i have spent more than 15 years working in education and instructional software design.
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2 Responses to A Stranger in a Strange Land (with apologies to Robert Heinlein)

  1. Paul Olean says:

    Are you going to post this on the Balefire site? Really well done.

    Paul Olean Mobile: 617-921-4428 polean90@gmail.com

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