This application is simply amazing and comes with the highest recommendation I can make for an application. I only wish there was such an activity when I was starting in algebra as a child!
The DragonBox 5+ application doesn't really teach algebra. It makes the student just KNOW algebra by osmosis.
Your student or child will think they are playing a simple game. But, little by little, they are actually learning algebra!
The game starts with boxes, shapes and pictures that seem totally unrelated to variables, numbers and math. Lesson by lesson they learn the basic rules of algebraic equations and how to solve them.
Gradually the variables start showing up and numbers and arithmetic symbols start to be used, but not until WAY into the application. By then, the student is already problem solving up a storm and completely conversant in how to think with algebra problems and solving them.
I can't believe something like this was dreamed up. It is utterly brilliant and should be mandatory in any school striving to excel their students in math.
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.