Review by Jennifer Sitkin, Common Sense Education | Updated November 2016

Dreamdo Schools

Sleek project-based learning platform encourages global connections

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  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
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Pros: Easy to use with extensive support materials and access to global education network.

Cons: Quality of projects is uneven; teachers need to be mindful of sharing pictures of students.

Bottom Line: An excellent tool for project-based learning; plan, create, and share learning around the world.

Teachers should take time to watch the video tutorials and review the projects on the site to get an overall sense of what Dreamdo offers to the educational environment. A search tool finds projects that match by subject area, topic, and/or age range. Teachers may also want to use the "Teacher Package," which lays out a detailed guide to help students brainstorm, plan, and execute a project they can then document and share on Dreamdo. This package also includes printables for facilitating classroom activities. To maximize the learning potential, it is recommended that classes take advantage of the message feature to build connections with classrooms around the world. Teachers can send private messages to other educators and may want to collaborate on a project around a particular issue that both sets of students could document through Dreamdo. 

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Dreamdo is a project-based learning (PBL) platform that's available on the web as well as iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. It's designed to allow teachers and students to create and contribute to projects, sharing learning and experiences with their classmates, and, potentially, the world. It's free and easy to use, and teachers can get started by completing a quick registration process. Once an account is set up, teachers can review the project gallery, create their own projects, and invite students to join using an automatically generated code. To start a new project, teachers personalize the cover page with an image, provide a short description, and choose the appropriate category and age range. Once students join the project, they can insert text, images, links, or videos (YouTube or Vimeo) to document their learning process. Students and teachers can send messages to other schools who have posted projects to set up Skype sessions or develop a buddy relationship with another classroom to encourage cross-cultural learning. 

The mission of Dreamdo is to encourage students to participate in meaningful projects and create a global network that allows students to share and learn from one another. The types of projects that are posted should inspire students to develop ideas, create a project, and document their accomplishments. For example, there are projects on health and hygiene, gardening, starting a business, historical events, significant places, games, and much more. In addition to providing ideas, Dreamdo's most useful learning feature is the ability to communicate with other classrooms around the world to build a global network of understanding and activism. While students are not meant to have their own accounts to protect privacy, teachers should be mindful of how personally identifiable information and photos of students are being shared on the platform.

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

The elegant, simple design is appealing. Students might get inspired by seeing others' work and projects. Using mobile devices should increase desire to document learning. 

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

An effective instructional approach to project-based learning. The teacher's handbook includes lessons and materials. While accessible to a broad range of students, it may be too simple for more advanced students. 

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Videos, articles, FAQs, teacher resources, and numerous project ideas combine to streamline the process of using the site. In addition, educators are encouraged to send in questions and suggestions as they create projects. 

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