Dragon Box Algebra 5+ - WeWantToKnow AS
This app is intended to teach the concept of algebra through a simple card game. Strategic planning and mathematic concepts are advantageous for play. Parental guidance for children aged 5 – 8 as some children may struggle with some concepts.
No gambling content found in the levels played
This review of Dragon Box Algebra 5+ was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 6 September 2018.
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This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.
|Name of app:||Dragon Box Algebra 5+|
|Developed by:||WeWantToKnow AS|
|Platform reviewed:||Apple App Store|
|Developer's suggested age:||none|
|ACCM suggested age:||Parental Guidance 5-8 years due to complexity of some mathematical concepts.|
|Gambling content advice:||No gambling content found in the levels played|
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Chapter 2 – level 50
Dragon Box Algebra 5+ is a game designed to convey the concept of algebra through a picture card game. The game begins with 2 separate fields on screen. Each field contains a number of picture cards and on one side – a box with a star on it. To advance to the next level, players must isolate the star box on one side of the playing field. To do this, players must combine cards together (which creates a green galaxy looking card) – then once this card is pressed, it disappears – eventually isolating the star box. There are a number of ways to combined cards to achieve this. For example, each card has a “night card” equivalent – by dragging and dropping onto each other – it creates the removable galaxy card. As the game progresses, the picture cards are substituted with mathematical symbols and hence the concepts of algebra start to appear (e.g., the star box card – which needs to be isolated – is replaced with the “x” symbol).
In theory, this game seems like a great idea – and for those with an aptitude for maths – it is. However, there are some problems with the whole concept which may leave some children feeling a bit confused (and for others – the whole algebra point may be missed). The tutorial at the start is very simple and clear and most children would be able to learn what needs to be done to isolate the star box (or “x”). This illustrates the “how” part, however the “why” part isn’t so evident. The point of the game is to teach the basics of algebra, but there’s no explanation as to why the mathematical symbols are doing what they’re doing. Hence, it’s a very rote or “parrot” way of learning and misses the depth in learning that is required for solid understanding and learning retention. Developers may argue that the mechanics of algebra may be too complex to convey to such a young demographic – to be fair they have done a reasonable job to get children playing at least – but some children, especially ones that already struggle with mathematical concepts might be left feeling inadequate because they still don’t understand it…even after extended playing and successful level progression (which ironically, is achievable without really understanding the maths).
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