Type of Technology: Web-based/iPad or google application
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation
Grade Level K-8
Subject Area: Mathematics
Cost: Fee Based
As educators we are often told by our administration that a technology program does not replace a teacher in the classroom. I couldn’t agree more, but a well thought out program does enhance a teacher’s opportunity to make sure she is reaching all of her students when there are so many at such diverse levels. Dreambox is a great tech tool that builds skills and engagement as you achieve your goals for ALL students.
How I use Dreambox in my classroom is just one of many ways it can be utilized. I Don’t generally have the students all play Dreambox at the same time. Since my students are all at different levels, I use it as part of a math rotation in my class. Some students can work very independently and others need more support. After our initial lessons or investigations have been worked through, I leave a little time in our day to have the students get their daily minutes in. I actually try to give at least fifteen minutes to each student a week, to be one on one with me or in a small group, to demonstrate their acquired skills or ask clarifying questions. Dreambox has a help button for students who get stuck when I am not available.
Something I found particularly helpful to me as a teacher is my ability to demonstrate to parents at conferences what their child needs help with and what level they are assessing at. With today’s Common Core Standards, parents don’t really understand how to support their students with their learning of the new standards. Dreambox is tool for them to do that!
Dreambox is a game based math program that supports deep math understanding and keeps (most) kids coming back for more.
- Students can put as much time into as they want at home.
- It is adaptive so the students who need to be challenged will be and the students who are struggling will be met at the level they need to be.
- Can be done independently (for most students) or in small groups.
- Can be done on iPad, desktop, or chromebook.
- Can function as a must do/ may do.
- Teacher resources are available.The students practice with math models such as the number line hundreds chart.
- If students aren’t really catching on to concepts, a whole lesson will pass by before the teacher is alerted on her dashboard.
- I have had a few students that were struggling so hard in math that the only way they could use Dreambox was if an adult was sitting right next to them helping them through. The most challenged students can not work independently.
- I did talk with a teacher who felt she didn’t like the fact you can not pick the standard the students will be working on that day. (I suggested she might think about that the student would be working on the standard he NEEDS to be working on right then)
- You have to monitor time on…It allows you to see who is hanging out and who is working…
- Monitor game playing and you can turn games off during school hours.
- Keep Dreambox’s 1 800 number available. I call them all the time with questions and they are always friendly and helpful.