“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited.”
Plutarch

Indiana Neuroscience and Education Research Study

Study of the Impact of BrainWare SAFARI on Cognitive Skills and Student Achievement

BrainWare SAFARI cognitive skills development software has been evaluated in over 20 studies, including both peer-reviewed, published research and field studies, with a variety of populations and assessments. Significant gains have been shown on both cognitive and academic measures. The prior research suggests the potential for the program to have a positive impact on a much broader scale in education.  We are working with the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University on an independent research study that w would serve to inform policy decisions regarding the adoption of BrainWare SAFARI across a broad spectrum of elementary schools and student populations.

The following provides a brief overview of the study.  Districts and schools who have an interest in learning more about the study are requested to contact Betsy Hill at 773-250-6467 or bhill@mybrainware.com.

Researchers:
Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University (CEEP)
Dr. Patricia Muller, Director of Evaluation and Research and CEEP Associate Director
Dr. John Hitchcock, CEEP Director and Associate Professor of Instructional Technology Systems

Study Confirmatory Questions:
• Does participation in BrainWare SAFARI yield greater growth in cognitive skills, compared to a control group?
• Does participation in BrainWare SAFARI yield greater student academic achievement, compared to a control group?

Planned Study Exploratory Questions:
The following are examples, not an exhaustive list of potential exploratory questions:

• Whether gains in cognitive skills are sustained a year later
• Impact of student subgroups (e.g., Special Education status, Gifted status, ELL status, Free and Reduced Lunch status, in addition to the general population of students)
• Implementation fidelity

Study Design
Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) Design, with pre- and post-test
Designed to meet the What Works Clearinghouse standards

Paritipating Schools
The study will involve 64 elementary schools in the state of Indiana, randomly assigned to the treatment and control conditions.  Participation by a range of schools is desired, including traditional public schools, public charter schools and private schools, in urban, suburban and rural settings.  Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will participate in the study. 

Measures
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), Form 7
Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus (ISTEP+)

Research Timetable

Please note that this timetable has been updated to reflect the decision to defer the study for a year, in light of the uncertainties surrounding the ISTEP and policy decisions regarding state standardized testing in Indiana. 

2014-15 and 2015-16 School Years 2016-17 School Year 2017-18 School Year

Work with stakeholders and garner school interest and commitment

Students in treatment schools use BrainWare SAFARI in fall 2015

Students in non-treatment schools follow usual routine.

Students in non-treatment schools use BrainWare SAFARI

Students in treatment schools do year-later testing.

The conduct and reporting of the study will be entirely independent from The BrainWare Company and any funding sources.  One or more reports will be written at the completion of the study, with attempt made to publish, regardless of the findings. There is no fiduciary relationship between The BrainWare Company and CEEP. This does not constitute an endorsement by CEEP of any aspect of the product to be tested.  Funding is not contingent on CEEP doing the proposed work.

Further Information:

Participate in a webinar to learn more and get answers to your questions:

Please email bhill@mybrainware.com to schedule a webinar.

And/or, click below to access the recording of  previous online webinar regarding BrainWare SAFARI and the study.  Please remember that the timetable for the study has been adjusted and envisions implmenetatiions beginning in the fall of 2016.

Watch the recorded presentation.

 

Resource Documents:

Research One-Page Overview
Overview of BrainWare SAFARI for Educators
Summary of Previous Research on BrainWare SAFARI
Cognitive Skills Developed in BrainWare
Cognitive Skills Definitions
Letter from CEEP Executive Director
CEEP Study Powerpoint Overview

 

Success Stories from Our Users

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Adult Users Say ... I Am Very Aware of How Specific Exercises Help Me in My Job

by Sam Kline, Construction Field Engineer

When I interviewed for my current job as a Construction Field Engineer, I was asked to take an aptitude test. I was told that very few people got halfway through the test. I completed 49 out of 50 questions and received one of the highest scores ever. Having used BrainWare Safari, I was able to process and respond quickly. I am very aware of how specific exercises help me in my job role. The directionality and visualization exercises have made it is easy for me to direct a co-worker right or left to set up instrumentation in the field even if I am not facing the same direction. And the scanning exercises help with noticing small details in drawings. To me, BrainWare breaks down the basic building blocks of thinking and learning."

Educators Say ... Gives Teachers Valuable Data They Can Use to Improve Their Instruction

by Dr. Lou Whitaker, Principal, Pope John Paul II, FL

"The area we noticed the greatest improvement in was the attitude of the students. They enjoyed playing the games and the teachers and parents noticed the students were able to complete homework assignments with less stress and frustration--which was a direct result of BrainWare Safari. As an educator for over forty years, I have spent my career looking for new, innovative programs that produce results, give teachers valuable data they can use to improve their instruction, get students excited about learning, and put fun back in the classroom. BrainWare Safari is such a program."

Adult Users Say ... If I’d Had It Earlier, School Would Have Been Much Less Difficult

by Joshua Woodward, MSW, Chicago, IL

"I spent the better part of my years in grammar school in "LD" classes, where I wasn't challenged. I suffered when I made the transition to "Mainstream" classes. My performance was average at best, but I was able to teach myself the necessary skills to be as successful as my peers and did the same at all of the subsequent transitions to junior high, high school, college and graduate school. After having worked through BrainWare Safari, I can attest to its usability as well as playability. Had I been given such a tool in my early stages of learning, i blelieve my time in school would have been less difficult."

Homeschooling Parents Say ... It Has Been Amazing to See My Son’s Improvement

by Mary O., Homeschooling Parent

"BrainWare Safari has been wonderful for my son! He's 14 and has really struggled with attention deficit, auditory processing, thinking and concentration. It has been amazing to see his improvement as a result of the program. I am absolutely convinced tat BrainWare Safari has improved not only his ability to stay focused, but his overall achievement. He's zooming through his regular assignments now and I'm having to supplement with more challenging work to keep him engaged. Their customer service has also been excellent. Thank you so much for this outstanding software!"

Educators Say ... Preparing Our Kids for Problems We’ve Never Thought About

by Peter Kline, Author of "The Everyday Genius"

"Information is growing at a pace never before seen in the history of the world. Today we have billions of times more information than we had half a century ago. It is more and more difficult to find people who can do the jobs that need to be done today. Our children and grandchildren are growing up into a world where they'll have to deal with problems we've haven't thought about. BrainWare Safari is one of the tools that can make that experience delightful instead of frightening and threatening."

Adult Users Say ... I’m Using the Focusing Techniques I Learned

by Leah Petrusiak, Journalist

"When I was a freshman in high school, my teacher told my dad, 'Leah doesn't know how to think.' As time went on, I realized I had trouble piecing together how certain events culminated in larger happenings. I often forgot events in my own history. While I've dealt with my disconnects in a number of ways, I decided to check out BrainWare Safari. Not only can a clinician use it to spot your trouble spots, you'll quickly find them out on your own--and your strengths as well. One unexpected benefit I realized was an improvement in my art-making ability. If found that I was more in tune with how textures, colors and sequences play off each other, having worked on the exercises that force you to from one complete picture in your head from three boards of Tic Tac Toe. I am also using the focusing techniques I learned when I throw my hat on top of my credit card and am able to form a mental picture of where it is."

Parents Say ... She Made the Honor Roll

by Patrick T. (Brianna, Age 8, and Angela, Age 10)

"It's been a phenomenal experience to watch both children go through BrainWare Safari, especially Brianna. Brianna was having some challenges in school, and after she completed BrainWare Safari, she made the honor roll, which has been exciting and a very proud moment for me as a father."

Educators Say ... An Information Age Tool that Supports Information Age Thinking

by Ronald L. Kraft, Superintendent, MI

"To educate students in the Information Age instead of the Industrial Age, we need Information Age tools and materials that support Information Age thinking. BrainWare Safari is on the cutting edge of preparing students to be Information Age thinkers using exercises that develop their ability to recognize patterns, solve problems, and think more effectively."

Parents Say ... A Miracle

by Chana F., Israel

"BrainWare Safari is a miracle. I would have paid anything for it, now that I have seen what it can do to help my son grow his brain right before my eyes. I am confident that it will transform his academic failure into brilliant success."

Parents Say ... They’re Playing but They’re Really Learning

by John Y. (Kendall, Age 11, and Clay, Age 8)

"They think they're playing but they're really learning. The video-game format makes them want to play. We did BrainWare Safari for the learning aspect, but the game part really made them want to do it. It motivated them."

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