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.

What is Self-Motivation, Anyway?


A friend recently told me that she doesn’t think I’ve been writing about enough controversial stuff on the blog here lately. So when I happened across this YouTube video today, shared by a colleague on FB, I knew I’d hit … Continue reading

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Have Questions? You Need ‘The Answer Pad’


That’s right…not just any old answer pad. THE Answer Pad. Over the past couple of months I’ve had the good fortune to meet and get to know Anna and Hal Sturrock, founders and inventors of The Answer Pad, at a … Continue reading

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5 Important Questions before Giving your Child a Smart Device


Today’s post comes from guest blogger Reese Jones. Reese is an IOS and android fan who loves phones and print media. Reese writes regularly for Techie Doodlers. She is also a keen footballer (for those in the US, that mean soccer!) and … Continue reading

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The long and damaging shadow of Interactive Whiteboards


Originally posted on Distant Ramblings on the Horizon:
It’s a good job everybody had already made their bonfire night plans cos after yesterday I suspect that many schools would have come back after half-term to find smouldering piles of Interactive…

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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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