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EdTech Quick Take: The Land of Venn - Geometric Defense vs. DragonBox Elements

A teacher-focused showdown between two top-rated conceptual geometry apps.

September 25, 2015
Jeff Knutson Senior Manager, Education Content
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Students

It's beneficial for kids to understand geometric concepts long before they ever set foot in a geometry class. And what better way to introduce these concepts to kids than through an engaging game? The Land of Venn - Geometric Defense and DragonBox Elements are both great choices. But which one is best for your students? 

Both apps offer kids an appealing way to dive into geometric concepts -- kids might not even know how much geometry they're actually learning. Both apps reinforce the building blocks of classroom mathematics through engaging gameplay, but there are some key differences. The Land of Venn - Geometric Defense takes more of an action-adventure approach, offering kids fun ways to visualize how shapes are created. DragonBox Elements is more of a logic-based puzzler that encourages experimentation and exploration.

Both apps offer kids an appealing way to dive into geometric concepts -- kids might not even know how much geometry they're actually learning.

The Land of Venn - Geometric Defense has great verbal support built right in, and is probably best suited for younger students. DragonBox Elements' more implicit pedagogy will probably require some teacher support for younger kids, but could continue to engage students even as they approach high school.

In both cases, the tablet interface proves to be elemental in helping kids understand the spatial nature of geometric math. Gameplay in both apps implicitly gets students drawing, moving, and tinkering. Are you already a fan of either The Land of Venn - Geometric Defense or Dragonbox Elements? Please tell us what you think in the comments below! If you've found other useful tools for teaching geometry, tell us about those, too!