Archive for Skills

New Development Program on Mentoring Skills To Be Released


Des Moines, IA (PRWEB) May 07, 2015

Prositions, Inc. will be launching Make Mentoring Count, a digital development program on mentoring and coaching skills, featuring author and expert Dr. Lois J. Zachary, at the 2015 Association for Talent Development (ATD) Conference and Exposition May 17th through May 20th at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

The international conference covers each aspect of the training and development industry for every level of practitioner. More than 10,500 participants from around the globe gather to share best practices and insights. Keynote speakers at this year’s conference include Andrea Jung, Sugata Mitra, and Erik Wahl. ATD 2015 also provides over 450 educational and networking sessions and a world-class EXPO with the latest products and services from more than 150 top suppliers.

“We are extremely excited about introducing our new program, Make Mentoring Count, at ATD EXPO this year,” said Jill Dillenburg, Director of Sales for Prositions. “We’ll also be giving away complimentary access to Make Mentoring Count for participants who stop by our booth, #905. We’ll be having lots of fun and excitement as participants spin our digital wheel of fortune to win other prizes, including a striking Les Paul electric guitar.”

Prositions created Make Mentoring Count to help organizations that are using their powerful virtual mentoring and collaboration platform, MentorString. The full development program comes packed with individual action plans, work-guides, exercises, and 16 short video modules. Make Mentoring Count can be used as a stand-alone and self-paced development course or as part of a complete mentoring solution when it’s combined with the MentorString platform.

About Prositions

Prositions, Inc. is a rapidly growing Talent Transformation firm that offers career transition

assistance, leadership development, performance coaching, and virtual mentoring services. It does this in a unique and advanced way, by combining the power of technology with an International network of coaching experts. Its latest software application, MentorString enables organizations to leverage virtual mentoring and secure collaboration technology using the latest cloud-based, social and mobile technologies. For more information about Prositions and their unique solutions, visit http://www.prositions.com.

For more information on the conference visit http://www.atdconference.org.

ATD 2015 International Conference & Exposition

Orange County Convention Center

9990 International Drive

Orlando, Florida 32819







Kiko Labs Unveils New Neuroscience-Based App for Children to Challenge Critical Skills Every Child Needs for School Success


San Carlos, Calif (PRWEB) January 15, 2015

Kiko Labs, alongside neuroscientists, today announced Kiko’s Thinking Time for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, a unique adaptive suite of games for children based on neuropsychological exercises to challenge the foundational skills needed for school success. By playing the app, children exercise critical skills like executive functions and reasoning in fun workouts.

As 90% of a child’s brain develops in the first 5 years of life, the early, formative years are the ones that matter most. *Children with stronger working memory, inhibition and attentional skills have been found to make larger gains on tests of early math, language and literacy development. Early research shows promise that these skills can be trained. Kiko Labs collaborated with neuroscientists from Harvard and UC Berkeley, and with support from the U.S. Department of Education, to design Kiko’s Thinking Time from behaviors and evidence-based techniques drawn from scientific studies showing early promise in improving the critical cognitive skills related to learning capacity.

“At Kiko Labs, we believe that every child deserves to fulfill his or her potential. Our learning experience called Kiko’s Thinking Time is a training program designed to help them do that,” said Grace Wardhana, co-founder and CEO, Kiko Labs. “This app for children targets fundamental skills like executive functions and reasoning that are the necessary groundwork for learning in kindergarten and beyond. Our goal is to make mental exercises fun.”

About Kiko’s Thinking Time

In just 10 minutes, children aged 3 – 7 can go on a customized adventure with Kiko the Fox to help her in her quest for treasure. They play a series of 10 games where they meet cute animal characters in Kiko’s village and help them with their activities. Through fun mental exercise, children who play Kiko’s Thinking Time challenge skills like memory and focus that will help them become more attentive, focused learners in school. After the child is finished playing, the app provides reporting tools for parents to chart progress over time.

“Kiko’s Thinking Time gives kids training wheels to practice critical skills like working memory and reasoning. It does this by providing a structured environment, and by designing progression in a rigorous, hierarchical way.” – Dr. Jenny Thomson, neuroscientist, former associate professor, Harvard University

Reaction from Parents, Teachers, Clinicians

Today’s announcement builds upon a successful beta version of Kiko’s Thinking Time, which recorded nearly 700,000 sessions of training activity. The response from children, their parents, teachers and clinicians has been impressive:

●    “It is a great mix of a playing and learning app – it includes the perfect skills while keeping kids interested.” – Rebecca Brian, parent of three

●    “Every classroom should have this app. I think it is wonderful and will really benefit the classroom. The data is excellent and will help me lead my instruction.” – Jaquetta Wallace, head teacher, Oakland Unified School District

●    “I am an ABA therapist and work with a variety of children on the autism spectrum. I have been using it with my clients to help them improve their focus, ability to switch between tasks, etc. I find it very useful and I love that they enjoy it as a game!” – Yohanka Allen, clinician

Availability and Pricing

Kiko’s Thinking Time is available for free in the App Store for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch or at http://www.appstore.com. When parents are ready for more content they can upgrade for unlimited access to all 10 games and a new game added monthly for $ 7.99/month or $ 49.99/year.

Follow Kiko’s Thinking Time at Kiko Labs

●    Blog: http://www.kikolabs.com/index.php/blog/

●    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/kiko-labs

●    Twitter: https://twitter.com/kiko_labs

●    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kikolabs

About Kiko Labs

Since 2013, Kiko Labs has been creating adaptive games for children based on neuroscience. The company came out of the edtech accelerator co.lab created by Zynga.org and NewSchools Venture Fund, and is also backed by 500 startups, the SBIR grant from the U.S. Dept of Education, and angel investors, including Guitar Hero co-founder Kai Huang. The new Kiko’s Thinking Time is a neuroscience-based app designed to challenge cognitive learning skills such as memory, focus and reasoning, the necessary groundwork for learning in kindergarten and beyond. Download Kiko’s Thinking Time for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Learn more: http://www.kikolabs.com

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*Center for the Developing Child, Harvard University