Brain Games and Brain Training are Different
In the last week, we came across another study that says that neuroscientists have debunked the claims that a brain game results in a brain gain. No kidding! Research scientists seem to be in love with the idea of contradicting the market hype about the value of brain games. And that’s a good thing. There is far too much hype. And too little understanding of the difference between a brain game and serious cognitive training (also called brain-training). Saying that a typical “brain game” can yield measurable cognitive benefit that translates into real-world improvements is like saying that exercising the biceps of your left arm will lead to overall physical fitness.
Implementation of Computer-Based Cognitive Assessment and Cognitive Training with Elementary Students Lagging in Academic Performance
In a textbook implementation of Mindprint and BrainWare at Riverside Elementary in Evans, GA, the overwhelming majority of the students experienced substantial growth in their cognitive skills in multiple areas and all students saw growth in at least some areas. Average growth across all ten of the Mindprint subtests was 21 percentile points.
How Neurons Multitask
Duke University researchers have shown that neurons seem to be capable of carrying more than one signal at a time. They do this, apparently, in much the same way that telecommunications engineers developed rapid switching between pieces of two different messages.
Measuring and Developing Executive Functions
In this webinar, we explore the core executive functions -- working memory, inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility -- understanding what they are and how they relate to both academic and social and emotional learning. We demonstrate how executive functions can be measured using the Mindprint Cognitive Assessment and how they can be developed using BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software.
Impact of Computer-Based Cognitive Training on Elementary Students’ Reading Skills
Students at Wyhcocomagh Education Centre in Nova Scotia gained 4.5 reading levels on average and improved on academic fluency tests by one-half to 4 grade equivalents over 12 weeks following cognitive training with BrainWare SAFARI.
Reading Success Depends on Cognitive Factors
Digital Promise has created an interactive model of the factors at play in learning to read and mastering other aspects of literacy from ages 4 to 6. The factors are
Time for Some Summer Webinar Binge Watching?
Summer is a great time to catch up on webinars that you might have missed (and get some professional development credit along the way). Here are some of our most
Helping Schools Meet the Goals of State ESSA Plans
Over the last few years since the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) became law, state departments of education have developed plans to implement the provisions of the legislation. While each
Roger Stark to Address Serious Games Conference
Roger Stark, CEO of BrainWare Learning Company will be making a presentation on July 12 at the Serious Games Conference at George Mason University. In his speech, he will share
STEM and SEL: A Perfect Match
In this Webinar, we will explore the driving forces behind the push for STEM and SEL, the relationship between SEL and STEM, and the underlying skills that support both. We hope to show that, far from being disconnected, the two are, indeed, a perfect match.