SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Springfield students are using technology in the classroom to help them learn math. It’s called DreamBox Learning and the program meets students where they’re at in their education. Through games on the online app, per se, students complete personalized math problems.
Third-grader Te’Sean Clark isn’t a big fan of pencil and paper to learn math, but it’s a different story when he’s on his laptop.
“I love math. It’s my favorite subject,” he said.
On a device provided by the school, Te’Sean and all other students at Wesport Elementary can learn math at their own pace.
“You get harder stuff when you complete the easy stuff,” Clark said.
The exercises are personalized as students get it right or wrong.
“It’s an experience where we put students in the driver’s seat,” said Tim Hudson, Senior Vice President of Learning, DreamBox Learning.
DreamBox it collects and provides data to educators.
“We are able to know if a second-grader is adding 27 by just adding one 27 times or if a student is adding 10+10+5+2,” said Hudson.
Kindergarten teacher Angela Johnson says looking at the data helps her guide her students.
“I can look and see exactly what area they are struggling in and, as a teacher, then I can pull some of my other resources and teach that, maybe in a different way,” she said.
She says the kids use it at least every other day for about 15-20 minutes and she has seen improvements.
“I got three kids that before second-quarter is even over, they are done with Kindergarten standards to first-grade learning,” Jackson said.
The school is also seeing results overall. The percentage of students at grade level went up from nine to 17 percent in a year and literacy coach Colleen Dorsey says DreamBox is one of the reasons why.
“At least the catalyst that helped us identify where our students’ needs are and our teachers target that instruction,” said Dorsey.