meMy name is Karen Mahon.  I am a Learning Scientist and Educational Psychologist and the founder of Balefire Labs, an educational app review service that closed down at the end of 2016. My passion is helping teachers and kids to find and use truly effective instruction.

I have spent the last 20 years working in education technology…from designing instructional software for special ed and regular ed students, to designing and conducting teacher training programs, to developing global digital content strategy for an interactive classroom technology company.  I believe that with the use of plentiful formative assessment data to guide our instructional decision-making we can truly improve “educashun” for our kids!

I work full time at a college in Boston where I am part of the elearning team, helping faculty develop their online courses. In 2017, after 20+ years in K12, I decide to make a change to highered and I’ve really been enjoying it.


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  1. Hi Karen,

    I just read your paper, Using Student Response Systems to Improve Student Outcomes. Nice work!

    I’m cofounder of an #edtech startup in Portland, OR called Celly http://cel.ly/school that creates a cellphone learning platform for schools. Our platform lets schools utilize cellphones and text messaging for school response systems, interactive walls, study groups, reminder alerts, field trips, outreach and tiplines, notetaking, etc.. We’ve collected many anecdotes from our fans about why cellphones in the classroom work. In particular we’ve heard many use cases for student response systems . If you are interested, we’d love to chat with you. Thanks so much for advocating SRS tools.

    Very sincerely,

    Russell Okamoto
    Cofounder Celly

    • karen mahon says:

      Hi Russell- Thank you so much for your kind words about my whitepaper! I had a lot of fun writing it. I would be VERY interested in learning more about what you and your company do. I am convinced that BYOD will be the wave of the future and that developing countries may well skip over tablet solutions entirely and go straight to phones.

      I would be very interested in chatting with you further to learn more. I am currently out of the country, however, so would you mind sending me your email address to karen@disruptlearning.com?

      Thanks again so much for reaching out!

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