Wednesday, May 01, 2013
DragonBox + Algebra (best educational Android apps for kids)
My middle son (8) has the math app DragonBox+ on the iPad and absolutely loves it. People always ask me, when they find out what I do, "What apps do you recommend?" and this one is going to be added to my must-buy list. We rated it a Top Pick at smartappsforkids.com. On the Google Play store, the app has 196 ratings and 188 of them are four or five stars.
It's not cheap ($5.99) but teaches children algebra and more advanced math concepts, step by step, in a very enjoyable way. My son would play it for hours and hours if we would let him and that says a lot about a math app.
$5.99 Algebra 5+ $9.99 Albegra 12+
$5.99 Algebra 5+ $9.99 Algebra 12+
"When I first tried out DragonBox+ Algebra, I found myself wishing I could go hide and play. I knew that as soon as my kids looked at what I was doing, I was going to have to share the iPad. Sure enough, my 9-year-old caught sight of the 26 cool avatar options and was immediately hooked. He blew through the first “world” before I even got to try. The best part? He didn’t even know he was learning algebra until I told him.
DragonBox+ Algebra, from developer WeWantToKnow AS, has a simple goal — to isolate the box on one IMG_0041 side of the game board and eliminate useless cards on the other side. Cards are marked with cute symbols and cartoons, each with a night side and a day side. Opposites (like a night card and a day card) cancel each other out and can be eliminated.
When does this start to sound like algebra, you ask? That comes in when the user can’t match cards from those already visible and has to add a card from the deck at the bottom. The same card has to be added to both sides of the board, i.e., what is done to one side of the equation has to be done to the other. It’s a basic algebraic principle, but taught in a fun, non-intimidating way."
Originally posted at Smart Apps For Kids
DragonBox introduces the main math elements in a playful and colorful world that appeals to children. The game features a gradual learning of fundamental algebraic elements (equal sign, zero, multiplication, division, parenthesis, negative numbers, fractions, ...).
The player learns at his/her own pace, experimenting with rules that are introduced step by step. Progress is illustrated with the birth and growth of a dragon for each new chapter.
This game primarily targets children from 6 to 16 who are willing to discover algebra or to consolidate past learning and gains. Playing doesn’t require supervision, although parents can help making the learning more efficient and transferring learned skills in real life. It is a great game for parents to play along with their kids – and freshen up their own math skills.
DragonBox is based on an original concept developed in Norway, introducing a novel pedagogical method based on discovery and experimentation. The game greatly helps children to make it up with math, and contributes to sharpen their desire to learn and to be successful with math.
This game is the subject of extensive research at the Center for Game Science of the University of Washington.
DragonBox has received many distinctions, and among others, the Gold Medal of the 2012 Serious Play Award (USA) and the Best Serious Game at the 2013 IMGA Awards. It is recommended by Common Sense Media.
* 10 progressive chapters (5 learning, 5 training)
* 200 puzzles
* Suggested (and not put forward) rules the child can experiment with
* Multiple profiles for easy progress control
* Dedicated graphics and music for each chapter
* 13 supported languages (English, français, norsk, svenska, dansk, español, 한국어, italiano, português, Deutsch, русский, 简体中文, 繁體中文, suomi)