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Learn about one of our most critical criteria when we review educational app: adapting levels of difficulty! What is it and why does it matter?

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March 5, 2015 By Karen Mahon Adapting levels of difficulty is one of our most critical indicators of instructional quality when we review apps. Today I wanted to talk about why that is. First, a qu...
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We shared our 100 new edapp reviews for March yesterday....now here are the 7  top rated edapps of those 100. Check them out!

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It's the beginning of the month, so you know what that means....100 new educational app reviews! There's something for everyone!

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We've seen a lot of them, and here are our top 5 picks for best phonics apps. Hope you like them!

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This is one of our very favorite ELA apps for elementary and middle school kids. Check out our full review of The Opposites here: http://www.balefirelabs.com/apps/?p=28488

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We think giving feedback to kids when they're using instructional apps is really critical so that they know how they're doing. And here's why...

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February 23, 2015 By Karen Mahon Today we're starting a new series here on Balefire Labs in which we'll write about our review criteria and why we've included them in our evaluation process. On our...
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It's National Grammar Day...one of our favorite holidays!

Here are our top recommendations for grammar apps for your kids. Let us know what you think!

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Happy ‪#‎ReadAcrossAmerica‬ day and Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book?
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We're excited about this one! YouTube Kids just launched this week...no more worries about your kids seeing inappropriate content on the YouTube website. Now we have this app...for both iOS and Android and for free. Check it out!

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February 28, 2015 Hey ya'll, it's Saturday, so you know what that means! We're sharing a resource that can be used readily for education, but is not instructional. A new exciting app just because a...
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Have you ever wondered how edapps get chosen for investment by venture capital? The answer may surprise and disappoint you.

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Check out these lesser-known math apps for middle school...they're really good!

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Here's a follow up to yesterday's post....we recommend this app to extend and apply the skills your kids learn from the instructional apps we shared yesterday. Teachers and parents, you can play too!

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Balefire Labs is a new kind of educational app review service. We review PreK-12 mobile educational apps according to quality...with rigorous instructional design and usability design criteria that are research-based. Not only is our review process objective, but we also are unbiased...we do not accept payment for reviews or for being included on our site.

Please check out our website...to find apps that give you peace of mind that you are using the best instructional apps for your students and kids!