Teacher Review For DragonBox Elements

Beautiful, engaging App for Geometry

Jason J.
Education Program Manager, West Virginia Common Sense Education
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
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My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I introduced a few of the geometric principles to a small group and discussed their knowledge. I then had the group work through the Elements levels. The group solved many of the initial challenges quickly, but stumbled and required assistance to complete levels as they continued into the more difficult ones. Some of the group said they needed some hints that the app did not provide. The app does provide practice at the beginning of each stage, but the prompts could be clearer per the group.
My Take
The Elements game engages students highly and provides a stunning visual interface to maintain that engagement. The lesson outline provided on the http://wewanttoknow.com/elements/ website delivers information to teachers and parents for using the app with children. The games lay a foundation for geometry that assists children with concepts, but need additional supports that scaffold learners during the process.