Author Archives: karen mahon

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.

2014 – Finalists & Winners


Friends, just had to share this today….my company, Balefire Labs, won the Cool Tool Award for Best New EdTech Product or Service for 2014 from EdTech Digest! We are beyond excited! edtechdigest.blog EdTech Digest Awards Program 2014 | Spirit of … Continue reading

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What I’ve Learned about the Common Core State Standards and Educational Apps


Today I wrote a blog piece for Balefire Labs about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and educational apps. Over the past few months I’ve been doing a ton of aligning apps to the CCSS and I wanted to share … Continue reading

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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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How Does Google Autocomplete EdTech Terms?


Did you all see the image online about each state’s biggest stereotype, according to Google’s autocomplete feature in search? If you missed it, here’s the image from the Huffington Post.

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Can Video Games Make You Smarter?


Have you guys heard about the YouTube channel ASAP Science? Every week they post a short, animated video about some scientific concept. It’s a bit “pop-sciency,” but I like it a lot. The videos are entertaining and cite scientific research … Continue reading

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30 Minutes Off the Grid


How many of you, like me, feel lost without your phone? Honestly, sometimes I feel like my iPhone is just an extension of my arm. It’s with me everywhere I go (yes, I even take it in the bathroom…too much … Continue reading

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What Are Students Doing Online?


I thought this was a really fun infographic to kick off the week. I’m an Early Adopter and Big Talker. Which ones are you? 

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The Single iPad Classroom


Originally posted on Elementary Ed Tech!:
Both of the schools I serve have “Single iPad Classrooms”. The teachers all have iPads, and, on one campus there is a mobile cart of 30 iPads that is shared on a check-out basis.…

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2013 – My blog in review!


I thought this was a pretty fun report created for my by WordPress. Thought it might interest some of you other bloggers! Want to give a special shout out to the top five commenters on my blog this year. Big … Continue reading

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things 2013


It seems so hard to believe that a whole year has passed since my last “favorite things” post. But for me, it’s been a pretty insane year, filled with an amazing number of ups and downs, tons of work, and … Continue reading

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