DreamBox Learning Math is excellent for individual practice, homework assignments, and remediation and intervention. In the classroom, students can access their accounts from a lab or class set of computers, freeing the teacher up to work with a small group while providing the rest of the class with meaningful individualized practice. Students could also use the program to practice at home. Using the dashboard, teachers can identify students who have completed an assignment, those who are still in progress, and those who haven't started.

The individualized pace and adaptiveness of the program mean that students are working at their current skill level, even if that level is below or above a student's actual grade level. This could be particularly good for students who are below grade level or who are advanced and need a challenge or extension. Younger kids (K-2) will need some help navigating the confusing and cluttered interface to get to lessons, so it's best used with adult support.

DreamBox provides an on-demand professional development resource section, a resource section with downloadable documents (e.g., certificates of achievement), and a community-based platform where teachers can share ideas and participate in challenges to earn points toward classroom resources.

Continue readingDreamBox Learning Math is an interactive, adaptive, self-paced program that provides engaging activities for students to learn and practice skills in mathematics. It's available for both web-based and iPad platforms, and student progress is tracked across both. Teachers and parents create accounts for individual students and then select the child's grade level (K-8). From there, DreamBox chooses a series of lessons and activities for the student to complete. Teachers can also assign specific concepts to students, which will get mixed in with the activities DreamBox selects for them. This is helpful if teachers want to have students practice skills they've recently taught.

As tasks are completed (or if they become too difficult), the program adapts with new activities. There are three versions: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), and Middle School (6-8). Each employs avatars that the players select for themselves and offers a game-like atmosphere to hold players' interest. Fortunately, students can be working on different skills, but visually the interface will look similar; one middle schooler working on arrays would be using the same interface as a peer who's multiplying integers.

DreamBox also provides the Insights Dashboard, which gives teachers, administrators, and parents access to reports on progress and mastery for each student (for skills and standards). Using real-time data, teachers can identify learning gaps to help them create differentiated long-term assignments for students. DreamBox creates a personalized learning pathway for students based on their demonstrated level of readiness. And students can keep track of the lesson they complete each week using the weekly lesson counter. As students complete lessons, they earn coins, which can be used to customize avatars, wallpaper, and music.

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DreamBox Learning Math is a comprehensive mathematics program that covers a wide range of subjects and skills for kindergarten through eighth grade. One of the strengths of DreamBox is that players can progress through the skills and activities of different grade levels, regardless of their actual grade level. Students who need review or a challenge may work at the appropriate level for their abilities.

There are many standout games and activities at each level, including the 10-frame lessons in the primary levels and the intermediate lessons on fractions in the real world. The various modeling tools (arrays, 10 frames, number lines) are excellent, and the narration exposes kids to a variety of math language. The Insights Dashboard is also a useful tool to help teachers spot struggling learners.

DreamBox Learning Math has good potential: It's engaging and appealing, it contains sound mathematical content and solid teaching strategies, and it might promote independent learning for some kids. Still, teachers must remain mindful that DreamBox isn't meant to take the place of solid math instruction.