Schools in Wales to help students to exercise their brains and boost reading proficiency with brain fitness software

Added by on March 11, 2012

London UK – March – Students in Powys, Wales now are experiencing first-hand how cutting-edge technology and neuroscience are transforming education – and helping students become successful lifelong learners. Taking an innovative approach, Maesydre students will implement a brain fitness software program, called Fast ForWord, to help students to improve the processing efficiency of the brain.

Based on more than 30 years of neuroscience and cognitive research, the Fast ForWord family of educational software products builds the cognitive skills – memory, attention, processing rate and sequencing – required to read and learn effectively. Through Fast ForWord’s individualized, adaptive computer exercises, students create actual physical changes in the brain. These cognitive exercises strengthen the brain’s ability to capture, process, and retain information, resulting in increased self-confidence and enduring gains in language and reading skills.

“Just as physical fitness can be improved by exercising the body, new scientific studies prove that brain fitness can be improved by exercising the brain,” said John Kerins for Neuron Learning, the providers of the programmes. “Teachers are using this technology to help students continually build stronger, more efficient brains. This helps students improve their vocabulary, reading comprehension, fluency, memory and much more. In addition, building brain fitness improves a student’s capacity to learn in all subjects, which prepares students for future success in school and in life.”

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Distributed by Neuron Leaning, a company based in Cork, Ireland, Fast ForWord products have positively impacted the lives of over 2 million learners worldwide. On average, students using Fast ForWord software achieve a one to two year reading gain in eight to 12 weeks.

More than 200 studies have been conducted on the efficacy of the products, including school-based evaluations and independent studies that meet the highest standards of research as defined by the What Works Clearinghouse within the U.S. Department of Education. Overall, these various evaluations have clearly indicated that combining brain fitness exercises with a strong, standards-based curriculum can yield dramatic and enduring improvements in academic achievement. Full research reports show improved test scores using the company’s products with all learners.

These reports may be found on the Neuron Learning website