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Meet our members: DragonBox

Publisert: 3. desember 2018

DragonBox creates innovative math learning experiences and already have 5 award-winning math apps that have been downloaded by over 1 million people across the world. We caught up with Christian Steen, Marketing Director, to hear more about how they are using the power of technology to allow students to explore mathematical concepts, their biggest challenge and their ambition.

DragonBox founder and CEO, Jean-Baptiste Huynh.

 

Can you describe briefly what DragonBox do?
DragonBox specializes in creating innovative math learning experiences that are super engaging and pedagogically superior.

How does your product work? or What type of services do you offer?
We have created 5 award-winning math apps that have been downloaded by over 1 million people across the world, but now our focus in on creating a full curriculum for mathematics in schools. DragonBox School takes students and teachers on a journey to discover the wonderful world of mathematics through apps, books, physical manipulatives, and lots of rich and engaging activities. It is currently available in Norway and Finland, and will be used by over 6000 students this year.

What do you want to change?
We want to take math learning into the 21st century by not only making digital versions of text books or practice apps that spit out tasks for the child to compete. We want to use the power of technology to allow students to explore mathematical concepts and make it easy for teachers to create lessons that are engaging and effective.

Why did you choose edtech?
The world needs kids to learn and enjoy mathematics.

What do you see are the biggest challenges in this market?
The biggest challenge for us is to change the way schools view technology. Some are sceptical of what edtech companies promise since they have spent a lot on hardware and software without getting results. Others are very optimistic and think they can improve teaching by buying a bunch of iPads or Chromebooks without ever thinking of what they should be used for. Some have bought the idea that all you have to do is buy digital devices and teaching will be better, without thinking about the content and how they will be used.

What is your next big steps or ambitions?
Our next big step will be the development of a full curriculum for year 3. Our ambition is to cover the full curriculum for primary school.

In what way has being a member of Oslo Edtech Cluster made a difference for you?
It is nice to meet others from the industry.

How many employees do you have?
We have around 20 employees in Oslo, Paris, Helsinki and Uruguay.

Which stage do you say your company is at? Growth? Well established?
Our company is in the growth stage.