The Great Brain Experiment

The Great Brain Experiment allows users to take part in an ongoing neurological study. When users launch The Great Brain Experiment, they must first consent to taking part in it and then they enter their demographic information. Next, users are able to read about The Great Brain Experiment. To take part in the experiment, users can select one of eight games to play. Once selected, the app will provide users with information about the research and the game. Users then play the game, and The Great Brain Experiment records their game data. After playing the game, users are…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 6.9
B. Design - 8.9
C. Engagement - 6.6

7.5

Test Your Brain and Compare!

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The Great Brain Experiment allows users to take part in an ongoing neurological study. When users launch The Great Brain Experiment, they must first consent to taking part in it and then they enter their demographic information. Next, users are able to read about The Great Brain Experiment. To take part in the experiment, users can select one of eight games to play. Once selected, the app will provide users with information about the research and the game. Users then play the game, and The Great Brain Experiment records their game data. After playing the game, users are given a score that compares their performance to other users’ performances. Once users have played a game, they can adjust preferences to see how their score compares against different genders and age groups.

Instructional Ideas

  1. Teachers can have all their students in a class read the research about a game and then play it. Teachers can then have students consider why they scored the way they did. Some prompts for consideration include: (1) Why do you suppose you earned this score? (2) Are there experiences you have had that you think impacted your score? (3) Do you think your score would increase significantly if you played this game 5, 10, or 15 times in a row?
  2. After students play a game and read the research about the game, teachers can have students journal a response to: Why do you suppose this game allows scientists to study the neurological phenomenon described in the “More Info” section of this game?
  3. After students become familiar with the format used by this app, teachers can assign students a phenomenon to study and then outline an experiment to study it. The experiment can be outlined using the SimpleMind+ or Explain Everything apps, and sample phenomena to study include: (1) What color do you prefer? (2) What is your drink preference? (3) What type of activity best suits you? After students design their study, they can compose a rationale for it using the CloudOn, WPS Office, or Educreation app.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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Screenshots

  • The Great Brain Experiment Screenshot
  • The Great Brain Experiment Screenshot
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