A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that DreamBox Learning Math is an educational math game for grades K-5 that adjusts to your child's math competency as they play. It is played online without requiring a download, so it is available from any computer with a broadband connection. The game sends regular updates to parents' email.
What's it about?
DREAMBOX LEARNING MATH is a subscription-based educational software game that plays directly from the internet with no download. It has a powerful recommendation engine which tracks how kids play through the educational content and adjusts on the fly to present kids with a math curriculum that it most appropriate for them. Featuring over 1200 individual math activities for grades K-5, there are millions of different paths a child can take. After parents create an account at www.DreamBox.com, their kids play by choosing an avatar and the theme of their adventure (animals, pixies, pirates, or dinosaurs). Then it is off to explore a cartoon world that resembles a board game where each math activity represents a space on the board. Depending on how a child does while playing a math activity, the game will offer new math activities based on past performance, so the game dynamically adjusts to the child's need.
Is it any good?
DreamBox Learning Math is phenomenal in adjusting its content to meet the needs of its users. Plus instead of simply clicking on right answers, the game draws kids into the process of making the right answer by utilizing virtual math manipulatives. Kids are motivated to play to move the story along. They also earn tokens to use at a separate carnival area full of wacky but educational games.
DreamBox Learning Math is serious educational software. The cartoony world is charming, but this is a game that is more about learning. It will work with all kids in the target range of 5-11-year-olds because if kids are good at math, they will revel in the challenges the game gives them; and if they are struggling, the game presents extra help and new ways to look at that difficult math concept. If appropriate, the game will quit the child out of a too hard activity (in a positive way) and present easier material. Parents will appreciate the Parental Dashboard, a special area where they can get feedback on how their kids are doing.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about which adventure the child went on: with pirates, dinosaurs, animals, or pixies. Why did you select the one you did? Did you like playing the adventure or the carnival games better?
Families can also talk about how playing Math Games makes learning math fun.
- Platforms: Mac, Windows
- Subjects: Math: arithmetic, estimation, fractions, graphing, measurement, patterns
- Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, personal growth, work to achieve goals
Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, deduction, part-whole relationships, problem solving
- Pricing structure: Paid ($12.95/month ($59.95 for 6 months) for 1 child; $19.95/month ($99.95 for 6 months) for up to 4 children.)
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: DreamBox Learning
- Release date: January 27, 2009
- Genre: Educational
- ESRB rating: NR
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