Electronic classroom system enabling interactive self-paced learning

  • US 5,002,491 A
  • Filed: 04/28/1989
  • Issued: 03/26/1991
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/28/1989
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An interactive electronic classroom system, comprising:

  • a central computer, including a central processor, a monitor, and associated peripheral hardware, for running individual classroom programs, including programs which accept sequences of input associated with student tasks to which students provide responses, said central computer storing said programs and said responses and providing analyses of said responses, under control of the teacher, via said programs for display on said monitor;

    a plurality of student terminals, each including a microprocessor, input means for inputting information, and a display, for receiving said student tasks from said central computer, for executing said student tasks by students to provide said responses, for transmitting said responses to said central computer, and for providing feedback to the students;

    network means for transmitting data between said central computer and said plurality of student terminals, said data including said student tasks and said responses;

    a communication protocol, associated with said central computer, said network means, and said plurality of student terminals, for transmitting said data between said central computer and said plurality of student terminals, for downloading of ones of said student tasks from said central computer to said plurality of student terminals, and for transmitting said responses from said plurality of student terminals to said central computer;

    activation means, associated with said central computer, said plurality of student terminals, said network means, said communication protocol, and said individual classroom programs, for allowing the teacher to initiate and terminate said student tasks on said interactive electronic classroom system, such that each of said plurality of student terminals provides said responses to said student tasks at a pace that is under the control of the teacher, with said responses being transmitted to and monitored by said central computer;

    viewing and analyzing means for viewing and analyzing said responses; and

    electronic display means for displaying information, by the teacher to the students.

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