Game Review

DreamBox Learning Math

Individualized, game-based math that keeps kids coming back for more

  • Primary players follow a map of an amusement park to select games that will provide instruction and practice.

  • Intermediate players choose from lessons that are available for them; some are instructional, some are practice.

  • Primary students work in games to build skills, such as this game involving the building of values in a ten frame.

  • Intermediate students can watch short instructional videos such as this one, demonstrating the concept of a fraction and its properties.

  • See the progress of each student in the Quick Stats view; from here you can link to more detailed summaries for each player, set up email updates, and get answers to frequently asked questions.

Review
Pros: This individualized program adapts to the needs of each player, holding interest through engaging lessons and activities.
Cons: Cost could be a prohibitive factor, and students need individual access to computers.
Bottom Line: DreamBox is a comprehensive and engaging way to individualize math instruction using the computer.
Learning Scores
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Kids will find the game-like atmosphere enticing and engaging. It is visually appealing, fun to play, and will keep kids coming back for more.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 5

Kids enjoy the games and rewards, and they can carry over what they’ve learned into other settings. Learning is built in as part of the program, and the program adapts to the individual needs of the player.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 5

Feedback is immediate and helpful for kids in adapting their play. For players who become stuck, help is offered, and the material adjusts if it gets too difficult. Parents and teachers can stay informed via a dashboard and email reports.

Our Review
What's It Like?

DreamBox Learning Math is an interactive, adaptive, self-paced program that provides engaging activities for students to learn and practice skills and concepts in mathematics. It's available for both computer and iPad platforms, and student progress is tracked across both. Teachers and parents create accounts for individual students, and the work begins by selecting the child’s grade level (kindergarten through sixth grade). From there, DreamBox selects a series of lessons and activities for the child to complete. As the tasks are completed (or if they become too difficult), the program adapts with new activities. There are two platforms -- one primary and one intermediate. Each employs avatars that the players select for themselves and offers a fun, game-like atmosphere that's engaging and holds players' interest.

Is It Good For Learning?

This comprehensive mathematics program covers a wide range of subjects and skills at each grade level. One of the strengths of the program is that players can progress through the skills and activities of any grade level, regardless of their actual grade level. This means that students who need review or who need a challenge may work at the appropriate level for their own abilities. There are many standout games and activities at various levels, including the 10-frame lessons in the primary levels and the lessons on fractions in the real world in the intermediate. The various modeling tools (arrays, 10 frames, number lines) are excellent. DreamBox Learning Math is a program with truly great learning potential; it's engaging, appealing, contains sound mathematical content, and lends itself to independent learning on the part of the child.

How Can Teachers Use It?

There are many ways in which DreamBox Learning Math can be used with students. In the classroom, students can access their individual accounts from a lab or class set of computers, freeing the teacher up to work with a small group while providing the rest of the class with meaningful and appropriate individualized practice and instruction. Students could also use the program to practice at home. The individualized pace and adaptiveness of the program means that students are working at their current skill level, even if that level is below or above the student’s actual grade level. This could be particularly good for students who are below grade level or who are advanced and need a challenge or extension.

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Elisa E. Berkwood Hedge School Berkeley, CA
Submitted August 9, 2013

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Submitted August 9, 2013
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