"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."
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 email@example.com.
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
Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) Design, with pre- and post-test
Designed to meet the What Works Clearinghouse standards
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.
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), Form 7
Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus (ISTEP+)
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.
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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.
Participate in a webinar to learn more and get answers to your questions:
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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