DreamBox Learning Gives Teachers Free Resources to Boost Math Literacy  

DreamBox Teacher Tools Comprised of Four Virtual Lessons Taken from Award-Winning Math Program

BELLEVUE, WA, October 27, 2009

DreamBox Learning,

an award-winning, educational software company, today announced that it has released

free digital elementary math resources for teachers

to use in their Kindergarten through Second Grade classrooms. DreamBox Teacher Tools

include a variety of lessons using virtual manipulatives, ideas for incorporating the

lessons in the classroom and resources to support teacher’s professional development

as they use the toolkit. The virtual manipulatives are web-based tools that help students

more easily grasp math concepts in visual terms, and research shows they are effective.

The lessons are designed to be successful in a wide range of classroom environments.

The Teacher Tools as well as other supplemental teacher resources can be accessed free at


“Our national report card in math remains alarmingly low,” said Lou Gray, CEO

of DreamBox Learning, “and it is critical that we continue to boost math literacy

among all students. These are free, effective, and easy-to-use digital tools for teachers

to use in full class instruction, significantly extending the number of environments where

DreamBox can be used.”

The complimentary DreamBox Teacher Tools are comprised of four lesson groups taken

directly from the award-winning DreamBox Learning K-2 Math program. The first two lesson

groups are available immediately, and the other two will be available later this fall.

The lessons were specifically designed to let teachers present important mathematical

ideas in concrete, visual terms, and engage students in communicating their thinking,

allowing for in-depth discussions around a particular math concept. With the use of an

interactive whiteboard or projector, teachers can highlight specific strategies during

class discussions. The DreamBox Teacher Tools include:

  • Quick Images: Identifying Amounts™.

    This lesson set uses the numbergram, tenframe and wire mathrack virtual manipulatives

    to help students conceptualize numbers as groups and investigate number relationships.

    These lessons are easy to use and work well for teachers as a quick mini-lesson during

    major transition times.

  • Open Number Line: Developing Number Sense™.

    The virtual open number line lesson can be used to support a number of mathematical

    ideas, including counting, addition and subtraction, modeling situations, and

    representing student strategies. Teachers can create their own problems to solve or

    use problems from an existing math curriculum.

  • Match-N-Make: Identifying Pairs™.

    The Match-N-Make lessons allow students to practice computation strategies and

    identify number patterns and relationships. These quick lesson games can keep

    students engaged by having them answer in a variety of ways including individually,

    as partners, or teams as they develop computational fluency.

  • Snap Blocks: Determining Equality™.

    The Snap Blocks™ lessons provide a visual representation of numbers, which

    students can use to compare the relationship between quantities. The lessons help

    students to develop efficient strategies and provide an important foundation for

    early algebra.

All four Teacher Tools can be used as stand-alone activities or as a supplement to an

existing math curriculum. The free DreamBox Learning teacher toolkit can be accessed at

http://www.dreambox.com/teachertools-match-n-make. In addition, all teachers who sign

up will receive updates on new features and additional tips on how to use the lessons in

the classroom.

About DreamBox Learning K-2 Math for the Classroom

DreamBox Math Classroom, the school version of award-winning DreamBox Learning K-2 Math,

is the adaptive product that supports what young students learn in the classroom by

developing and reinforcing foundational math concepts through effective, individualized

instruction while simultaneously being fun and engaging. Unlike other kids’ math

learning products, the underlying curriculum of DreamBox Learning K-2 Math is based on

Focal Points set by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the program

presents in-depth math lessons that develop computational fluency, conceptual

understanding, and problem-solving ability. As the student embarks on his/her online math

adventure, DreamBox Learning’s patented GuideRight™ technology analyzes a

student’s individual responses and dynamically customizes the content and sequence

for each child — just as a great teacher would adapt a lesson to adjust to students

who learn in different ways. Kids are able to explore well over a million individual

learning paths throughout their math adventures.

DreamBox Learning K-2 Math has been awarded many of the

industry’s highest honors,including the AEP 2009 Golden Lamp, the AEP 2009

Distinguished Achievement Award, the Parents’ Choice Gold Award and the

Editor’s Choice Award from Children’s Technology Review.

About DreamBox Learning (http://www.dreambox.com)

DreamBox Learning was founded in 2006 in Bellevue, Washington by world-class technologists,

educators, interactive entertainment experts, and entrepreneurs who share a collective

vision that every student should have access to an individually tailored, learning

experience that is engaging, motivating, and effective. Backed by $7.1 million in angel

funding, the company developed a web-based platform for creating effective and

individualized online learning products and launched its first adventure-themed product

for the home market called DreamBox Learning K-2 Math in early 2009. Both the home-based

product and the school-based version, DreamBox Math Classroom, target young students in

kindergarten through second grade and are designed to reinforce and teach real math through

effective, individualized instruction in an engaging and fun manner. DreamBox Learning K-2

Math is based on NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) recommended math

curriculum. More information can be found at


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