Magazine article Technology & Learning

BrainWare Safari 2.0

Magazine article Technology & Learning

BrainWare Safari 2.0

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Company: Learning Enhancements Corp.;

System Requirements: Mac: OS X, 600 MHz processor; PC: Windows 98, Pentium III 600 MHz processor

Price/Grade: $499 (one user)/1-8

Pros: Large variety of brain-building exercises; motivating and challenging games in jungle setting; practice mode option; easy progress tracking

Cons: Preset speed can't be changed; tasks may be difficult for easily frustrated students; some directions are unclear

With so much focus on basic skills, it's easy to forget children must develop and practice the abilities that enable them to interpret and apply information, which are essential for higher-order learning and knowledge acquisition and need to be used to keep the brain fit.

That's where BrainWare Safari weighs in. Accompanied by a Safari Friend, players navigate through 20 multilevel adventures encompassing 41 cognitive skills including sequencing, auditory/visual processing, short-term and working memory, directionality, sensorimotor integration, and logic. Exercises with video game-like formats keep kids on a healthy regime of brain calisthenics as they jungle hop to hot spots like Bear Shuffle, where cards are shown face up and face down and players click and drag them into a specific order. …

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