I must admit I had to Google Nolan Bushnell. As a product of the eighties, yes I am familiar with the ancient gameboy predecessor, Atari. But I did not know this guy also founded Chuck E. Cheeses, you know, that fast food chain with the obnoxious lifesize rat parading around playing arcade games with overactive children. I digress…
Bushnell’s newest company, BrainRush, acquired in 2012 is set to release a full new platform this fall. Coincidentally an educational platform, BrainRush combines learning video games with encyclopedia-like questions (PONG meets Wikipedia). Users can learn new material from math and science to French and the pragmatics of Football, create video games with templates and editing tools, and lead classroom discussions as an educator, monitoring in-class progress and other metrics. The company coins its software as new technology called BrainRush Adaptive Practice™ (So it must be good if they decided to trademark it, right?).
Adaptive Practice is really just an interactive personalized online gaming system designed to challenge you throughout the learning process with rapidly presenting increasingly difficult questions. According to BrainRush, lessons enable you to think about what you need to learn and your actions tell the software how well you understand a concept.
Can any current users offer an opinion of BrainRush’s Adaptive Practice method?