Balfire has produced a web site to help parents and educators make informed decisions when considering the purchase of educational apps. The site strives to be a non-biased and objective source of evidence based information that offers reviews of educational apps that can be searched by subject (Math, Science, English/language arts) as well as by the target age of the app developers (0-3 through 19 up). This can be a useful tool for both the parent and the educator who are confronted with a confusing array of apps purporting to be effective uses of technology in teaching. The reviews examine each program against meeting criteria for effective instructional design.
- Feedback for Correct Answers
- Error Feedback
- Adapting Difficulty
- Error Remediation
- Mastery-Based Instruction
- Frequent, Meaningful Learner Interaction
- Clearly-Stated Learning Objective