Saturday, 12 December 2009

Free resources : Brain Games - engaging learners with skills practice

Free resources > Brain Games - engaging learners with skills practice

Brain Games
Brain Games aims to build the core Foundation skills in Literacy and Numeracy though quick fire drill and practice questions set to the backdrop of a large ... - Cached

Brain Games is a new software engine, developed by LSIS, which gives learners a quick and easy way to practise their literacy and numeracy skills.
Brain Games is fun! It aims to engage and motivate learners to succeed by building their skills and confidence as they progress through the game, and tackle incrementally harder challenges. The resource is built round the backdrop of a competitive sporting event, and takes the addictive gameplay of ‘Brain Training’ and applies this to literacy and numeracy, using sound pedagogic principles.
In the Words section, learners can choose from: Getting it? – Understanding; Spell it – Spelling; Scribe – Writing; What’s the use? – Grammar; Full stop – Punctuation; and Word! – Vocabulary.
In Numbers, they can choose from Work it out … Numbers, Bits and pieces – Fractions; How big? – Measures; and More than likely – Statistics. All categories are available at three levels – easy, medium and hard.
In the Stats Centre, learners can view their performance charts, high scores and medals tables, and issue challenges to their training buddies. As they practise core technical skills of literacy and numeracy through the game learners are signposted towards more context-rich learning challenges at as well as the mini tests supporting the National Literacy and Numeracy tests.
Brain Games is an ideal resource that practitioners can use to help reinforce specific skills taught and the game can also be used by learners to practise their skills independently. LSIS is currently developing further functionality in Brain Games which will enable practitioners to set up and manage learner groups, and track learner progress by subject, category and level. This will be available from early summer 2010.
Brain Games is currently available free of charge to play online and, as Brain Games Lite, it can be installed on a range of mobile phones. In early 2010 a downloadable version of Brain Games will be available to run from a hard disc, or memory stick .


Minimum technical requirements:
• PC: Intel Pentium 4 2.33GHz processor (or equivalent), 128MB of available RAM, 64MB of VRAM
• Mac: PowerPC G5 1.8GHz or faster processor, Intel Core Duo 1.33GHz or faster processor, 256MB of RAM, 64MB of VRAM
• Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X v10.1 or later (Power PC), Mac OS X v10.4.x or later (Intel)
• A stand-alone executable, using the Flash 9 Player engine. Flash will not need to be pre-installed on the machine.

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