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
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
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Other Workshops in this Series
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.