Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Kids Can Game and Gain with DimensionU

Just in my personal experience, it's been harder to get my boys excited about school and learning than it has been with the girls.  The girls will study on their own and ensure their grades are kept up.  Logan and Adam require different teaching structures.  I've noticed that they thrive on learning more if it's fun and something they can engage in. 

DimensionU is a universe of educational video games where students can practice grades 3-8 core cubjects in Math, Literacy, Science and History.  Logand and Adam have been using DimensionU as a tool to help them brush up on their learning materials. 

At DimensionU kids can sign up for free to play educational games.  Registration is required, but there's a lot of educational wealth to be gained.  They aren't just mindless video games.  Kids learn from them and earn goals. 

Parents can also sign up but have to enter credit card information.  Nothing is charged to your credit card unless you decide to pledge an Educational Allowance to your child.  An Educational Allowance is a goal that the kids work towards and it earns them the amount of EdCreds that parents promised to pay out when they signed up for the program.  Children can then use the EdCreds to redeem for gift cards. 

I haven't registered for the EdCreds portion of the site and it's not necessary to do so.  Kids can still play the games and reach challenge goals.  There are two games on the site to play, Gadget Works and Meltdown.  Tips are displayed throughout the games to give kids insight on what they need to do to advance levels and earn goals. 

Once your child is done playing a game, a Game Report will show up on the screen.  The Game Report lets you know how many questions your child answered and how many they got correct.  It also displays weekly allowance goals and daily token goals.  For instance, Logan's weekly allowance goal is to answer 25 algebra questions correctly.  His daily token goals are to complete a game and challenge friends to beat his score, vaporize 14 Blue Compounds in Gadget Works, and protect himself with Goop Shield 10 times in Meltdown.  There's also the option to share your game scores on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.  The Game Report also has a Q&A Log that displays what the correct answer was for all the questions your child got wrong.

Logan and Adam seem to gain enjoyment from playing the games at DimensionU.  Although they do not receive EdCreds at this time, I may join in the near future so they can.  The two available games are entertaining and educational.  I'd be pleased to see more games added to DimensionU to further enhance the learning experience.

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.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.