Tuesday, March 6, 2012

DimensionU - Educational Online Game Play

Math was never a strong subject of mine. I could only hope my own kids would take after their father and wouldn't need to come to Mommy for homework help. My oldest son is now approaching sixth grade and I am already at a total loss when it come to helping him with his math. Unfortunately for us both, this is an area he really struggles in.

I guess I would consider my oldest a typical tween boy. He loves sports and even more so video games. In fact video games seem to be my only leverage as far as punishment or rewards go when report cards come out. My only wish was that there were more educational video games that would capture his attention. This week my kids are home on Spring Break, so I figure today would be a great day to introduce him to a cool site for kids, DimensionU.

DimensionU is a site of educational video games in which students can play with or against each other, globally, while learning key concepts in math, science, social studies and literacy. The idea behind it stems from what happens when we purchase a new video game for our children. They start out knowing little to nothing about the game and as they progress they get better and better, right? 
DimensionU puts this into action with fun games that your kids don’t mind playing which are actually educational. Then they add in the element of playing with friends, making new friends via online play and competition – they even host tournaments.  They really offer something for every style of learning. If your child is motivated by reward you can actually set a weekly allowance and once your child hits their goal for the week they earn that money – my son for one was very interested in this aspect.

When I signed him on I didn’t give him many details about the site. I just said I ran across it on the web and thought he would be interested in playing. I knew if I started out telling him it was an fun way to help him learn, he would only hear the word learn and pass judgement immediately on the site.

When you sign up your child can enter a gamer ID and pick an avatar. You move on to a game screen where you select your game to play, grade level and topic- algebra, geometry, measurement etc. Once you begin the game you are to reach a goal. When you have reached your goal 3 times, you are then asked a question about a math problem with multiple choice answers. If your child is set up with an allowance, you get to set a goal of correct answer for them to reach, in order to earn their funds.

My son really enjoyed DimensionU, the only thing he mentioned to me was he didn’t like the pop-ups explaining what to do at certain points of the game. He gets in a mind set and doesn’t like to be slowed I guess. I admit, I played as well, and found it to be a great refresher course. As I mentioned earlier, I struggle everyday with helping my boys with their math homework, so playing a few games and answering the questions isn't going to hurt. It’s also nice that I can look up and get an explanation ( so can kids) of the curriculum if I don’t understand something.

Do you have a child struggling in math, eager to learn or that loves video games? Setting up an account on DimensionU is free unless you would like to set an allowance - so why not let them give it a try?!

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for DimensionU. I received a free trial of DimensionU to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.”


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i am THE WORST at math LOL

Pam said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I believe anything that encourages kids to learn and makes it fun is a great product.

Amanda Ambosi said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a useful and helpful site

LegalBit said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Smart idea

Closer to Lucy said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

As a life long math atheist....complete none believer, I may have faired better if I had had a similar support. My son struggles as well, maybe he'd be interested in taking a look at the fun side of math.

Deb Dorrington said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I was never good in math at school and my son seems to be the same. I think if math could be made fun perhaps we would have learned more. I think this is a great tool and will look into it.

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