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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that DragonBox Algebra 12+ is an innovative and engaging game that helps kids learn algebra concepts. Kids learn one of the most important concepts in algebra -- keeping equations balanced -- in a very unique way: They drag and drop objects on two sides of a diagram, reinforcing the idea that what is done to one side of an equation must be done to the other. Then kids tap to make certain objects disappear to isolate the dragon in a box on one side of the diagram. Learning progresses as kids move through the game and as they unlock chapters. Kids will enjoy playing and seeing their dragon "grow." There's also a more traditional practice mode so kids can apply what they've learned to solve equations.
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What's it about?
DRAGONBOX ALGEBRA 12+ is a fun and challenging game that helps kids learn how to solve algebraic equations. The game mode has 10 chapters with 20 levels to complete in each. There is also a practice mode so kids can use what they've learned to solve more traditional equations. The main goal is to solve equations by dragging and tapping objects so the dragon in the box is by itself on one side of the screen. When kids are successful, the dragon eats anything on the opposite side of the screen and continues to grow. Once all 20 levels within a chapter are complete, the dragon is finished growing, and the next chapter is unlocked. Hints help guide kids who struggle, and, after one unsuccessful try at a level, kids can tap to see the solution.
Is it any good?
DragonBox Algebra 12+ is so fun to play it's almost addictive. Even more amazing is that it truly builds a conceptual understanding of algebra, which will help kids solve equations beyond those presented in the app. Kids start by learning to solve the most basic problem: getting the box alone on the screen. As they advance, they solve equations that increase in difficulty, using skills such as multiplication, expansion, and combining like terms. The practice mode reinforces what kids learned in the game, and step-by-step solutions help kids who need extra support. DragonBox Algebra 12+ is content-rich and delivers high-quality fun.
Talk to your kids about ...
Have kids focus on playing specific chapters they may be struggling with. Encourage them to use the practice mode immediately after completing a chapter.
Challenge kids to write some of the diagram equations in the game mode as more traditional equations with variables and symbols.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows app
- Subjects: Math: algebra, equations, patterns
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, problem solving, solving puzzles, thinking critically
- Pricing structure: Paid ($7.99)
- Release date: May 30, 2017
- Category: Education
- Topics: STEM
- Size: 206.10 MB
- Publisher: WeWantToKnow AS
- Version: 2.2.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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