DimensionU is the company behind the award-winning Dimension series of educational video games and rewards system where students practice core K-12 subjects including math, literacy, science and history. DimensionU is focused on delivering innovative and effective technology-based educational tools for, middle and high school students, at school and now available at home.
My son has had difficulties in Math for quite some time and attends and after-school tutoring program for students with lower grade averages in specific classes, his being Mathematics. He’s incredibly bright, but it is the one class that he always finds himself behind in. On the other hand, he has always been an avid gamer since he was very little and where his memory fails in certain aspects of Mathematical Book knowledge it is simply incredible in regards to video games. This is why I had been so attracted to the idea of DimensionU, an educational video game and reward system for students that includes Math, Science (another class he has trouble in) and History. Where most educational games are designed for younger children to tweenage, this included Middle and High School Students. Here is how it works:
The first thing you have to do is sign up your child. They can Connect via Facebook for Easy Sign in and also so that they can share their achievements with their friends. After they sign up they can choose their Game Name and an Avatar that best fits them.
Once they are signed in, you will receive an email asking if you would like to Sign Up for the Educational Allowance Program.
This is a program where kids receive rewards for playing and beating weekly challenges on our video game platform. The technology has been used in classrooms nationwide for four years and has been shown to improve test scores by up to two letter grades. And now, it’s available to any student with an Internet connection.
Here’s how it works: kids earn Educational Allowance pledged by you as they beat weekly challenges and learn essential skills. You’ll get progress reports that show you how they’re doing with their math skills and how they save and spend the allowance you pledge.
With the Educational Allowance Program, Students can work towards certain goals and adjust those goals based on gifts they might want to purchase. The Educational Allowance is rewarded for however many questions are answered a day / week and the amount of the Allowance given is set on your permissions.
After you are all set up your child can begin playing! There are two Games to choose from – Meltdown (which is a 3D Multiplayer World) and Gadget Works which is a really fun mind bender game that includes bombs, paintball guns and all sorts of neat tricks.
Meltdown is my Teens favorite. This is an actual conversation we had when I first brought the idea of DimensionU to him.
- Mom: So I have Educational Game place for you to review.
- Cody: Why can’t you ever get the COOL game places. UGH.
- Mom: No, it’s really cool! You should check it out.
- Cody: No way.
- Mom: Fine.
::Mom gets on to play::
- Mom: Cody check it out! This has really cool games!
- Cody: What’s that?
- Mom: The Math Game.
- Cody: Oh, I want to play.
- Mom: No, way I’m playing. You didn’t want to play.
- Cody: I’m supposed to play! Give it to me! You don’t even know how to play!
- Mom: Thought you didn’t want to play a Math Game.
- Cody: Give it to me! I want to play the Math Game!
Never fails when you say no they want it. Ha! Cody really enjoyed the Multiplayer Game wherein he can also shoot people with Goop.
When they choose Meltdown they can choose the Grade Level which will also change the Topics in the Curriculum to fit your child/student.
Next they can choose a topic that they need to work on, are better at and/or choose random which will have questions listed on random topics.
Next it gives a description on how to play, what keys to press and also the object of the game.
The world in Meltdown is very nicely done. This image is on the low setting and it still is pretty beautiful. The object of the game is to collect the colored orbs and take them to the towers, they’ll then be asked a question and if answered correctly they will receive points. When playing Multiplayer they are playing against other competitors for the orbs / questions / points so it gets pretty amusing to watch them all shoot each other with Goop.
Once you load Gadget Works you are given a list of Gadgets you can add that will help you out, you can Equip yourself with them for when you get into trouble (ie: don’t have enough of one color to remove). The better your score and/or more points you accumulate the more Gadgets open up for you.
The game has different Stages and different Goals. In this Stage you must remove 3 like colors, then 4 like colors and then 5 like colors (see under Stage -1), afterward you are asked a question which again is based on the grade level / topics chosen, if answered correctly you receive points and move on to the next stage. It is timed so you have to be quick!
Once you are finished you will get a Game Report that shows you how well you’ve done and grades you on your answers.
All questions that are answered correctly go into the Weekly Allowance Goals that you can see on the upper right-hand side; there are also Daily Token Goals to meet and all of it is saved as your child/student goes along. They can share their scores and achievements on various social networking pages with their friends and peers!
Another part of DimensionU that I liked a lot was where it explains what each section in the Curriculum is with examples. You can see the Curriculum page when clicking on Curriculum above the Weekly Allowance Goals.
I have never, NEVER, ever seen my son so excited to learn Math. It helps that it is in a video game format because he can remember so many things regarding video games where textbooks have always failed. He’s so eager to get on everyday and I can see his progress through the questions he answers. I’m really looking forward to signing him up for the Educational Allowance Program because I feel he really has earned it and also because it’s a safe allowance format where I know where the money is going that he is earning and he is EARNING it through his education on subjects he’s beginning to do a little better on in the understanding department.
This is a phenomenal Educational Program, really … I wish I could explain the joy I felt when my son wanted to snatch away my laptop and bugged me to play an Algebra game. It was wonderful seeing him stop and really think at the questions because it mattered to him on his score (he’s very competitive), so he’s remembering and picking up things he might not have otherwise easily. So many thanks to the creators for making such a wonderful product, very much geared towards kids, teens and students. I can’t wait until we actually show this to his teachers at school!
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.