Tech Impact Awards 2013: Education


WINNER: DreamBox Learning

Location: Bellevue | Employees: > 50 |

DreamBox Learning's software that helps children learn math is called “adaptive learning,” but CEO Jessie Woolley-Wilson doesn’t always like the label. “What we do,” she clarifies, “is capture how kids are thinking.”

That approach differs from most tutoring software, where the same lessons are dispensed at an adjusted pace. From how a child responds, DreamBox decides the best next lesson to present, for personalized instruction that ensures real comprehension. As Woolley-Wilson notes, “DreamBox learns the learner” much the way Netflix learns what kind of movies you like.

Paired with entertaining cartoon-like graphics, it is software that schools in 48 states plus the District of Columbia and three provinces of Canada now use to help teachers engage kids with an often troublesome subject. School districts have been pleased with the results, citing greater proficiency reflected in state tests.

While Dreambox’s initial focus has been on mathematics, Woolley-Wilson foresees the technology being applied to other subjects as well. In today’s global and information-driven world, she says, “We’re helping to cultivate minds that will drive it and thrive in it, and learn how to learn.”

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