Practicing Working Memory: creating mnemonic clues to help us remember

Practicing Working Memory skills with Bacon Escape & Quizlet

In this workshop, our expert Gamer Guides introduce Learning Works For Kids Explorers to a game and an app selected to improve working memory skills while having fun.


This workshop focuses on the skill of Working Memory. Working Memory is the thinking skill that focuses on memory-in-action: the ability to remember and use relevant information while in the middle of an activity. For example, a child is using their Working Memory as they recall the steps of a recipe while cooking a favorite meal.

When playing games, players are asked to learn and repeatedly recall information in order to succeed and advance to higher levels. Playing games can help improve Working Memory by practicing this skill while in the midst of a fun and immersive experience.

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Games and Apps Used in this Workshop

Bacon Escape is a game in the endless runner genre. Bacon Escape has several different categories of obstacles that the player must avoid. They are organized by color (blue, red, purple, etc) and each color has a different way to avoid or counter the obstacle. Because of this set up, the player gets the perfect opportunity to practice improving their forgetfulness: they must remember what each color means and how to neutralize it. Without a strong working memory, the player can get stuck on a level and be unable to advance.

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Bacon Escape Learningworks Video

Game Downloads:

Bacon Escape Android Download

Bacon Escape IOS Download


In-session App: Quizlet

For this week’s app we will learn Quizlet and explore the basics of creating and practicing with flashcards using the app. Quizlet offers a variety of practice games which provides a great way to exercise working memory.

Quizlet Learningworks Guide

App Downloads:

Quizlet Android Download

Quizlet IOS Download

Workshop Schedule

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Workshop Activities

The LW4K method to using video games as teaching tools relies on strategic teaching principles and our approach of “Detect, Reflect, and Connect.” The purpose of the Detect, Reflect, and Connect steps is to mold the child into an active learner who becomes aware of, engaged in, and contemplative of what she is learning. These steps can enhance motivation and concentration. They also assist in extending learning beyond a particular game or technology and connecting it to the real world.

  • Detect

    Detect or identify when and where they are using thinking skills in video game play.

    After a brief introduction, it’s time to play! All of our Learning Works For Kids Explorers will be able to hop into their own Bacon Escape game and individually explore for about five minutes with the EF Coaches checking in to answer any questions or provide help if it is needed. A discussion will follow focusing on the different strategies individual players used to approach each level. EF Tech Coaches and Explorers will discuss topics such as … What was your experience like? How did you use your Working Memory skills to complete the task? What was challenging?

  • Reflect

    Reflect or consider how the thinking skills used during gameplay helps them to achieve their goals.

    With these strategies in mind, explorers can return to the game to either refine their strategy or employ a fellow explorer’s method. After a short period of play, we continue with a group discussion to further reflect on the benefits and drawbacks of various strategies used by the group.

  • Connect

    Connect or apply game-based thinking skills to real-world activities.

    The group discussion will move on to how these same strategies can be used for achieving goals outside of the game. Explorers will be posed with questions, such as: What did you learn today? How can you translate your Working Memory skills to other areas of your life? During the discussion, we will introduce an app that can help explorers improve their Working Memory skills with school subjects and extracurricular activities.

Follow-Up Activities

Activity #1

Continue playing Bacon Escape to strengthen your working memory. In class, we discussed strategies to help us remember what actions should be applied to which obstacles. Keep working with your preferred strategies and adapt it when you meet new obstacles.

Activity #2

See if you can adapt your Bacon Escape strategy to use with your Quizlet flashcards; consider color coding, pairing sounds or feelings with words.

Activity #3

Investigate: Memory Palaces are a working memory technique that professional memorizers use to remember anything from people’s names to a long shopping list. There are lots of books and videos that talk about how to train yourself to use memory palaces. Start small, watch a video or read the Wikihow page to see if learning to make Memory Palaces sounds like something you would like.