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Activate. Grades K-2. Activate. Comes to us from Yale University Based on the work of Dr. Wexler Underwritten by a grant from NIH Based on neuroscience research One of five schools in FCPS piloting program Is used across the US and in China.

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activate

Activate

Grades K-2

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Activate
  • Comes to us from Yale University
  • Based on the work of Dr. Wexler
  • Underwritten by a grant from NIH
  • Based on neuroscience research
  • One of five schools in FCPS piloting program
  • Is used across the US and in China
  • Focused on the development of 8 cognitive skills (executive functioning):
  • Self regulation
  • Response to inhibition
  • Cognitive flexibility
  • Multiple simultaneous attention
  • Pattern recognition
  • Processing speed
  • Working memory
  • Sustained attention
benefits
Benefits
  • The 8 cognitive skills can all be developed
  • Development of any skill requires repetition and increasing rigor and complexity
  • The skills identified are the ones students need to be successful at learning and in school/life
  • The computer exercises are married with physical exercises that reinforce the skills and provide cross training
  • Attention skills are prefrontal cortex skills
interesting
Interesting
  • 100 Billion neurons
  • Each connected to thousands
  • Want to develop as many connections as possible
  • Neural pathways can be created and strengthened
  • Brain is plastic- especially so in young kids
  • Activate provides targeted stimulation to prefrontal cortex
  • Physical exercises engage the same neurocognitive systems as computer exercises but in the context of whole body movement and social interaction
  • Coaching can be provided to help students improve as they work through the levels
  • NIH designed assessments- preliminary at session 6, next at 100 mins.,Midterm at 500 mins., Comprehensive at 1000 mins.
teacher training
Teacher Training
  • Face to Face training with Yale representative
  • Ongoing webinars through teacher portal
  • Collaboration with other pilot schools
  • FCPS support personnel and special projects administrator
specifics
Specifics
  • Three to four times per week for 20 minutes for web based exercises-minimum of 1000 minutes
  • We have ordered computers, been given donations, upgraded systems and have laptop carts and a lab set up
  • Schedule has been developed with initiation starting next week
  • PE activities have been embedded in skill set by the FCPS PE curriculum specialists
  • It will be scheduled as a whole class but each child will proceed independently
  • Cognitive demands and complexity increases as the games progress.
  • Three main game types but hundreds of levels and speeds
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