DreamBox Learning, Inc. is an education technology company that was founded in Bellevue, Washington in 2006. Since 2009, the company has produced an online product that helps students learn math based on three basic components -- an adaptive and intelligent learning engine, a challenging curriculum, and a learning environment that motivates students to advance their studies.
In order to do this, the company's product is designed to respond to students' answers to questions and, with every click of the mouse, evaluate how students are advancing. Based on the users' level of learning, the program adapts its lessons to meet students where they are -- and advance when they advance.
As a result, elements of the lessons -- such as the pacing, sequencing, level of difficulty and number of hints that students receive for each question -- are adaptable for every student who uses the DreamBox Learning product. This gives students the opportunity to learn at a pace that suits them -- instead of a one size fits all experience that a student may not respond to.
Teachers around the country give DreamBox Learning's platform high marks and, as a result, the platform has won more than 20 education and technology awards.
In the following Q&A, Patti Smith, the company's vice president of marketing and product management, explains the current state of the education technology industry and the role that DreamBox Learning is playing in it.
What contributions has your company made to educational technology?
DreamBox Learning's intelligent adaptive learning platform represents a new class of education technology because of its ability to individualize instruction both within and between lessons. The platform captures every decision a student makes while working within the system and dynamically adapts and individualizes instruction in real time. In fact, the platform captures, analyzes and responds to over 48,000 pieces of data per hour, per student. The result is that DreamBox Learning provides millions of individualized learning paths, each one tailored to a student's unique needs.
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