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Graduate Education Students Play to Learn


A group of graduate education students have been playing to learn, and learning to play.

Under the direction of Dr. Linda Schlosser, Associate Professor in the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education, the students are participating in a pilot project that will examine educational software designed to build cognitive skills in K-12 students.

Schlosser attended a Learning & the Brain® conference in Boston last spring when she was invited to expose her students to BrainWare Safari software.  The software includes 20 games aimed at improving students’ attention, visual processing, sensory integration, and auditory discrimination. Fisher is one of only four colleges in the country participating in the project.

Schlosser says that preliminary data from school districts using the program is so compelling that the Dana Foundation – a private organization that supports brain research and education - is offering additional funds to expand the use of the software in public schools next year.

Learning & the Brain® provides educational conferences, symposiums, summer institutes, and professional development on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology and their potential applications to education.

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