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

*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.

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.

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.

*DreamBox Learning Math*was written by Alicia Carter