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.
BrainWare Implementation and Impact Report – Big Shoulders Fund
This case study summarizes the experience of six schools that elected to implement BrainWare with students in middle elementary grades, with the support of the Big Shoulders Fund in Chicago, IL. Big Shoulders Fund provides support to Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner-city Chicago. Student growth and outcomes were tracked over time using the ACT Aspire Interim assessments, with some significant growth for students who used the program most consistently with the recommended frequency and intensity.
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.
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
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
Am I Smarter than a Fifth Grader?
A reading coach and mentor describes her experience using BrainWare SAFARI with her students, more than doubling their growth in reading levels and dramatically improving their intellective capacity She explains that, in working through BrainWare, her students had not only pushed past their own problem-solving ability through trying, and trying again and not giving up, but they had also pushed past her own ability.
Practical Ideas for Ending Summer Brain Drain
Numerous research studies support the evidence that many students lose a good portion of their learning over the summer. Estimates are that the loss is around 2 to 2.6 months
Cognitive Skills and MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support)
Education is grappling with a relatively new acronym: MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support). MTSS is currently conceptualized as an integration of two other acronyms: RtI (Response to Intervention) and PBIS
Developing Critical Thinking Skills
The need for critical thinking skills in today’s world is more pervasive than ever. Critical thinking is vital for academic achievement as well as for success in the workplace. In this webinar, Lemi-Ola Erinkitola, founder of The Critical Thinking Child will address some underappreciated facets of helping children become critical thinkers.chools.