DreamBox Learning

LQ: 9.2

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Brain grade: 9.6
Fun score: 8.8

Platform/Console: LWK Recommended Age: 4+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

DreamBox is a instructional mathematics website that can be implemented by teachers, school systems, parents, and students. Users choose the grade level they would like to pursue (from Pre-K to Grade 6), and then choose the content they wish to study further. Users will encounter a host of helpful, thematically-linked videos and activities that provide a hands on approach to learning. The site is broken up into sections for administrators, teachers, parents, and math coordinators, with content specifically tailored to meet the needs of each group. Once users indicate their grade level, they will be presented with a content that matches up with their learning level, and completing the task-oriented activities earns them awards and accolades for answering correctly. A “my stuff” library catalogs the many badges and accomplishments users have garnered while using the DreamBox site, which provides a fun environment for learning where a warm voice-over delivers positive reinforcement and general direction. DreamBox is easy to navigate once an account is set up, and there is a free trial version available as well. Since the service can accommodate a range of learning levels, DreamBox Learning is recommended for children ages 4 and older.


this app is good for kids who need help with:

Self-Awareness

Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

A great aid for students struggling in math class, DreamBox offers a personalized approach to learning. When creating an account, a selection of custom wallpaper and sign-in icons can be added to every account, as well as choice music from the DreamBox library. In addition to these customization features, Dreambox Learning encourages users to understand their own academic strengths and weaknesses, with exercises that provide feedback to help users grasp which areas of math give them the most trouble. Activities featured in "my lessons" provide encouragement when users answer correctly, and provide meaningful assistance when an incorrect answer is given twice in a row. This process helps users to better understand the areas of math they've mastered, while encouraging them to work towards improving the areas in which they are struggling.

Focus

Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

Goal-directed persistence -- or the drive to work at an activity until completion -- is an important component of Focus, and one crucial for success in academics. When using interactive service such as DreamBox Learning, it is important for users to self-motivate, setting goals for themselves and working until those benchmarks are reached. Dreambox Learning's units are made up of a series of activities, and users must finish a particular unit before they move on. Only once they have completed the unit by answering all questions correctly should they move on, committing themselves to sufficiently solving all problems and reviewing problematic material until mastery is achieved. Users who are able to concentrate on a single task will fare well with DreamBox Learning, grasping the material faster than if their attention is diverted or fades before the provided activities are fully completed. Luckily, DreamBox provides a personalized and interactive experience that helps keep users engaged, which may help easily distracted children sustain their attention longer than they would normally in a traditional classroom environment.

Mathematics

DreamBox is clear and concise. It's pages are not cluttered with content, and it is easy to find subject-related content for children pre-Kindergarten through grade 6. From early equivalency math to complex fractions and early algebra, users will find material that mirrors what they are learning in school. Teachers, tutors, and parents have access to user progress with a series of graphs, making it clear what areas their children or students are strongest and weakest in. All content featured on DreamBox is tailored to suit the demands of the common core curriculum adhered to by most school systems. Instead of the traditional teacher/student relationship, DreamBox promotes an adaptive learning technique in which modular curriculum, learning activities, and assessments are administered to users in the "cognitive model." All information regarding progress are filtered into a database that parents and teachers have access to, providing what i essentially detailed daily report cards that foster strong communication between instructor, parent, and student.

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