Educational Technologies from
Presenter: Ananda Gunawardena,
Associate teaching Professor
Abstract: In this presentation we will demonstrate some educational technologies that are researched and developed at CMU. In particular, participants will be able to experience a Tablet PC based smart Math Program and an electronic book reader with interactive features that can be used to measure reading comprehension.
Tablet Math System – Tablet Math system is
a smart tablet PC based (paper like) client and a web-based management tool for
teachers. It is now deployed in several schools in US (
o “The Writing on the Wall” – Newsweek – A case for Tablet PC in education
o Tablet Math Whiz Portal
§ If you would like to request an account, send mail to : firstname.lastname@example.org
Reading Comprehension –
o Measure your own Reading Comprehension using the Markup Analysis Tool (MAT). Here is what you need to do.
§ Read the story about Mrs Smith and her Cat from http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/200/reading/smicat1.htm
§ When you read the story DO NOT LOOK at the questions on the left.
§ Create a simple .txt file using notepad and copy and paste important parts of the story. Each line (or phrase) you copy from must be pasted into the txt file separated by a blank line. Click here to see an example. DO NOT copy everything you see. Carefully think about the important parts of the story. Later you need to answer questions just using the .txt file (not the original document)
§ Login to : http://srv01.pragma.cs.cmu.edu:1603
§ user: tretc01 (no password)
§ Click on the assignment “Mrs. Wilson and Her Cat” and submit the markup (markup is a documentation that summarizes the story)
§ When you submit this, you will get a score. The score is based on how much your markup and “expert” agrees regarding the content you selected.
§ Now using ONLY the .txt file, answer questions to the left. The URL is http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/200/reading/smicat1.htm
DO NOT look at the story when you are answering questions. Just look at the summarized .txt file (or markup)
§ The score you get may be an indication of how well you will answer the questions. Obviously you may be using some prior knowledge to construct the answers from the summary. But based on tests we have done so far, the comparison score you get seems to be a pretty good indicator on how well you do in answering questions. Enjoy!!