Product Review of Kahoot! DragonBox Learn Chess
Kahoot! DragonBox Learn Chess is a chess tutorial game aimed at young kids. As a king chess piece, players explore the kingdom with their set of chess pieces and use their developing skills to solve puzzles along the way. There’s a light storyline over the whole game, but it mostly just provides a theme. Within that theme, there are six different worlds where players collect coins, crowns, cards, and other treasures, and rescue trapped chess pieces. These rescued pieces join your team for use in battle, starting with pawns, then rooks, and then moving on to pieces with more advanced movements. As players accumulate their pieces, they can — and often must — navigate the levels with any of their pieces, allowing for unique puzzle challenges. Players then use their pieces during battle sequences, learning new strategies and applying new rules. Throughout the game, learners learn how each of the pieces move, how to capture, checkmating patterns, tactics and strategies, and how to play a complete chess game. The game breaks down chess into such small components that it’s approachable for anyone.
Teachers can use Kahoot! DragonBox Learn Chess as a fun but gentle introduction to the game of chess for even the youngest learners. It can be used in math class or as a critical thinking lesson. It’s perfect for those brand new to the game, or even for those who have a little experience. There isn’t much reading involved, so it can be used with prereaders or English language learners (ELLs). The game allows learners to build their chess knowledge and skills gradually before being confronted with a whole chess board. For the youngest players, consider activating “guided mode,” which displays arrows to show the main path of the game — so that they don’t get disoriented.
Remind learners that they can travel around the board using any of the pieces they’ve unlocked, not just the king. Also, remind them to occasionally look at the larger map (especially before they move on to a new level) to make sure they haven’t missed any coins or other items. If learners get stuck — which can happen during animal battles if certain pieces get captured — have them click the X on the battle screen to start the battle over. Four players at a time can have profiles within the game. Players who complete the game can choose to receive a diploma.
Kahoot! DragonBox Learn Chess gradually teaches learners to play chess, unwrapping one concept at a time, which makes it easy for kids of all ages to learn. As players unlock new pieces, there are more tools to use to solve the puzzles, but the puzzles also get more challenging. Students also learn to use their pieces in combination to capture an opponent’s pieces. Students must devise strategies using logic and analysis to capture pieces to win battles and access coins, keys, crowns, and cards. The cards detail chess rules, piece movements, game strategies, and information about the game environment.
If players’ king chess piece ends up captured, they lose a single coin and then get another chance at solving the puzzle or winning the battle. Since coins are abundant, this provides plenty of room for experimentation. The more learners play, the more they get a feel for how to approach and take their opponents’ chess pieces while protecting their own. Through the steps of learning to play chess, Kahoot! DragonBox Learn Chess teaches learners critical thinking skills, problem-solving, logic, analysis, perseverance, strategy, and even memory skills. It will teach learners the basic rules and enough strategies to get them started playing on a real chess board.
Overall User Consensus About the App
From the start, the game encourages interaction. There are always more areas to explore, pieces to set free, and battles to win. Players are encouraged to try out new strategies since there’s little penalty in failure.
Curriculum and Instruction
The game offers a gentle learning curve for mastering chess piece movement and strategy, with another lesson around every corner. Pieces are introduced individually, with puzzles designed to highlight the use of each.
The game offers little help or additional resources, but they really aren’t necessary; set a young student up with the game and they’ll know what to do.