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Title: MEMORY Quest Evaluation Form for Working Memory

Type of the resource: Quiz/ Assessment 

Funded by:  Swedish National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools

Authors: 

Type of disability:  ALL TYPES

Target education level:  Early childhood
Primary education
Secondary education
Vocational Education and Training

Language(s):  English

IPR:  Yes

OER:  Yes


Overall objectives of the inclusive learning resource

Inclusive learning intervention logic: (What are the overall broader objectives to which the action will contribute?) 

Working memory Screening test 

Objectively verifiable indicators of achievement: (What are the key indicators related to the overall objectives?) 

Child should show improvement on his working memory comparing the two screening tests the one that took in the beginning of the training and the one he took at the end of the training

Sources and means of verification: (What are the sources of information for these indicators?) 

Doing the screening test at the beginning of the training, having another test at the end of the training and a follow up test after few months to see if the training was successful

Risks and Challenges:

Questionnaire is in English language, which means the trainer will need to be familiar with English Language


Specific purpose of the inclusive learning resource

Inclusive learning intervention logic: (What specific objective is the resource intended to achieve to contribute to the overall objectives?) 

Evaluate children working memory skills  before starting using the resource Memory Quest Flex for training their Working Memory Skills and after the training. Also, you can use this recourse just to have an indication if the child has difficulties with working memory skills as a part of your assessment procedure.

Objectively verifiable indicators of achievement: (Which indicators clearly show that the objective of the actions/resource has been achieved?) 

Student show improvement in the results on the screening test and he  less difficulties on the areas of: 1.Completing tasks on his own. 2. Recalling what he need to do or what to say. 3 He is more focus during an activity. 4. His more confident on dealing with complex task.5. He minimize the frequency of doing  errors such  us write the same phrase twice etc.

Sources and means of verification: (What are the sources of  information that exist or can be collected? What are the methods required to get this information?) 

The trainer will assess the working memory skills of the children using this "working memory screening test tool"  before the beginning of the training at the end and during the training and will compare the results and will use this information to make the necessary customization on his training. To give emphasize on the skill needed to train more.

Risks and Challenges: (Which factors and conditions outside the user's responsibility are necessary to achieve that objective? (external conditions)) Which risks should be taken into consideration?  

The user need to rate each statement form 1 to 5 from Do not agree at all (1) to Strongly agree (5) the rate from 1 -5  might not be very clear. In case another trainer need to continue the training its not so clear what someone value as 2 or 4. Another rating system might be more clear.


Expected results on implementation of the resource

Inclusive learning intervention logic: (The results are the outputs envisaged to upscale. What are the expected results?) 

Children are able to demonstrate better results comparing the screenings during their training.

Objectively verifiable indicators of achievement: (What are the indicators to measure whether and to what extent the action/resource achieves the expected results?) 

Level of concentration and memory skills and competencies of children.

E.g. By observing the children in the class you see that they have make improvement and feel more confident participating in the class. Also running the activities on the software they are showing better results and this has a direct effect in their life.

Sources and means of verification: (What are the available sources of information for these indicators?) 

- Pre-assessment of aforementioned skills and competencies, post-assessment immediately after the end of the training and final assessment a few months later. 

- Use the screening test to compare the results from the first training week with results from the last week of training. 

Risks and Challenges: (What external conditions must be met to obtain the expected results on schedule?) 

After the first screening at the beginning you need to schedule when it would be the second and what you expect as outcome in order to see if the training was effective or need amendments.


Activities

Inclusive learning intervention logic: (What are the key activities to be carried out and in what sequence in order to reach the expected results?) 

1. Setup the training environment, whether at school of at home. Any involved teaches is assumed to be aware of how to use the resource.

2. Pre-assessment of the children concentration and memory skills and competences.

3. Execution of the training, having the children using the resource in frequent pre-set intervals.

4. Continues assessment of the aforementioned skills and competences and collection of feedback from the resource functionality and the children himself/herself.

5. Post-assessment of the aforementioned skills and competences.

6. Final assessment of the aforementioned skills and competences.

Objectively verifiable indicators of achievement: (What are the means required to implement these activities, e.g. personnel, equipment, training, studies, supplies, operational facilities, etc.) 

Means:

You will need to have access to printer in order to print the screening form.    

For the training of the child you will need

Memory Quest Flex Software and Internet access. Option to buy and install a desktop/native version if desirable.

A device, e.g., PC, Mac, Tablets. 

The children is pre-trained on how to use the resource.

A teacher/facilitator if the resource is used in a formal education setting.

Sources and means of verification: (What are the sources of information about action progress?) 

The difficulty of the exercises is automatically adjusted according to the person performance, so that the demands on working memory are always at an optimal level. The total training period will be 5 to 7 weeks from 25 min to 45 depends on the purpose of the session.

The resource provides functionality to collect information about its use by a children.

The teacher will be collecting the information and recording using offline means.

Costs

Screening form is Free you can access it online on: http://flexprogram.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Evaluation-Form-working-memory.pdf

Equipment (PC or other applicable device if the children does not have one already).

Resource online version: 75 EUR +VAT.

Resource desktop/native version: +++

Training staff cost for 35 hours

Risks and Challenges: (What pre-conditions are required before the use of the resource starts? What conditions outside the user's direct control have to be met for the implementation of the planned activities?) 

Make sure that the children and the involved teachers have basic ICT skills before this training starts. More important to have mouse usage skills. If not, use a software to train for mouse using skills, before starting with this resource. Use track ball mouse or joystick if the children/teacher has difficulties using the traditional mouse.

Attachment: 

URL: http://flexprogram.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Evaluation-Form-working-memory.pdf





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