“ BrainNook is a virtual world for kids where they can develop math and English skills while playing in the free online playground. There are over a hundred education games packed into theBrainNook virtual world, all of them are based on foundational math, English, and grammar concepts. The math games cover concepts from single digit addition to 3D spatial visualization. English games cover everything from building simple sentences to counting syllables. The games are all woven into a fun virtual world that students can explore and unlock. BrainNook also strengthens students reading, reasoning, decision-making skills, analysis, and computer literacy. Students choose a character (alien) and name, when they enter BrainNook for the first time, they are dropped onto Earth where their spaceship has crashed. They are greeted by an earthling named Bella who teaches them how to navigate the world, and earn stars by playing games. The stars that are earned can be used to buy back spaceship parts. Students can travel to several locations within the virtual world that are based on real-life regions of the Earth Students learn about each region through trivia, question popups, and local artifacts. In each world students can play math and English games with other players in the safe online environment. As they build up their skills, new worlds will be unlocked and they can buy items from the local market or work on assembling their spaceship by assembling puzzles. The games in BrainNook are scaffolded so it adjusts to students ability level as they progress. Games can be played individually or in head-to-head competition. Because this site is geared toward elementary students, no personal information or personal messages are included in the virtual world.”
Have you tried it? What do you think?