Mathematics Patents (Class 434/188)
  • Patent number: 9754511
    Abstract: Devices and methods for hands-on learning of mathematical parabolic concepts are provided. For example, a device for teaching mathematics includes a base having a plurality of channels for accepting vertical rods of varying lengths; a lever movably attached to the base at a pivot, the lever passing through the plurality of channels; and a plurality of vertical rods, each of the plurality of vertical rods located at least partially in one of the plurality of channels and resting on the lever; wherein the plurality of vertical rods are sized and arranged so that the tops of the vertical rods illustrate a parabolic function; and wherein moving the lever about the pivot moves the plurality of rods within the plurality of channels and illustrates changes to the parabolic function represented by the vertical rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: MIND RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventor: Matthew R. Peterson
  • Patent number: 9710435
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a processor, a computer memory, a user interface, and computer-executable instructions which enable a user to formulate mathematical expressions via the user interface. The mathematical expression is composed from objects selected from a library of object types in the memory. The object types include primitive objects and non-primitive objects. Non-primitive objects contain at least one field which in turn can contain additional objects; primitive objects have no fields. The mathematical expression is defined by a computer-readable data structure in the memory, and each object and field has a mathematical significance assigned thereto. The data structure uniquely identifies each object and each field, and includes pointers to define nesting of the objects and fields in the mathematical expression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventors: P. Karl Halton, Ben Smith, Gregory James Fee
  • Patent number: 9165479
    Abstract: A variety of tools for demonstrating the mathematical properties is disclosed. In one embodiment, a demonstrator uses the tools to illuminate geometric relationships between objects in two and three-dimensional space. The tools may be a stationary exhibit or collected into a portable kit. Whether portable or stationary, the tools provide an easy to use, multi-functional, and visually captivating vehicle for demonstration of geometric properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Museum of Mathematics
    Inventors: Glen T. Whitney, George Hart, Cindy Lawrence, Timothy Nissen, Chenteh Kenneth Fan
  • Publication number: 20150147729
    Abstract: A system and method is provided that enables children to learn and practice number sense and basic numerical operations. In one embodiment, children are invited to move objects that represent units, as well as objects that represent tens, in order to visualize the process of solving basic numerical operations. The movements that are allowed are subject to restrictions and other special behavior, which help children to gain insight in the numerical processes of these basic numerical operations in such a way that a solid foundation is created that prepares them to solve these operations on a purely formal level in a later stage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Marius Gerardus Jacobus Versteegen
  • Publication number: 20150104760
    Abstract: An interactive scholastic teaching device may use first and second portions of a touchscreen for presenting problems and receiving answers to the problems from a user. The first portion of a touchscreen display is used for presenting one or more scholastic problems for a user during a problem session, and the second portion of the touchscreen display is used for recording one or more traces manually input by the user on the second portion of the touchscreen display during the problem session. A memory stores the one or more traces. The touchscreen display may also include a third portion having one or more touch buttons structured to accept input from the user during the problem session, which may also be stored in the memory, and associated with the stored traces. The traces may be stored in image form, moving image form, or in data that may be re-created to form a moving image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: EDISON GAUSS PUBLISHING INC.
    Inventor: Scott D. Tepavich
  • Publication number: 20150056581
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for teaching mathematics comprising: a student input module configured to select an exercise from a group consisting of homework, a race or competition, and practice; a teacher input module configured to select an exercise parameter from a group consisting of setting a home work exercise from scratch, revising a home work exercise based on student results or comparing results between different groups; a question selection module to randomly generate a question depending on the exercise selected and/or the parameter; an answer module configured to parse a response to the question, and to display a result, a dynamically generated graphic and/or any applicable explanation depending on the response; and an avatar module configured to vocalise the explanation depending on a predetermined set of rules for vocalising certain mathematical explanations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Meng Kian TAI
  • Patent number: 8961184
    Abstract: Apparatus for teaching mathematics has numerical and mathematical operational inputs by way of coded cards placed in respective card readers and a keypad that produces number values and numerical equations. The number values and equation results are compared to the numeric value of weight objects placed on a scale by the student. The apparatus is bi-directional in that unit weights are placed on the scale to attempt to match the numeric values and the equation solution values produced by the cards and keypad or the cards and keypad entries for numerical values and equations are made to match the numeric value of the unit weight objects on the scale. The student is informed of the result of the comparison in terms of correct or incorrect, or by explanatory messages to either increase or decrease the unit weight value or change the number value or the equation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Kid Knowledge, Inc
    Inventor: William Banko
  • Publication number: 20140329209
    Abstract: A device for visual and tactile learning in mathematics. A set is comprised of twenty-two individual clear, square counters; eleven male (11) and eleven female (12), each set numbered respectively zero through ten. Raised numbers, and dots provide a learning platform for number recognition and counting. Raised addition and equals symbols provide a platform for learning addition and subtraction. Addition can be achieved by drawing the two counters together in a locking process. Subtraction can be achieved by stacking and locking the female counter (12) over the male counter (11).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Andrew David Kelly
  • Publication number: 20140322680
    Abstract: A system for learning mathematics related to the abacus method for both performing mathematical operations and storing a tally for the result of the latest operation. A computer display comprises a series of cells that are populated during a mathematical operation by dragging a finger or stylus across a cell or cells. The direction in which the finger or stylus is dragged determines the operator, and the number of cells chosen is used with said operator. Operations include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and negative multiplication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: John Vasconcellos
  • Publication number: 20140287386
    Abstract: The present invention is a teaching and learning tool built on the principle that the human sense of touch makes a significant contribution in the visualization of objects. Sighted individuals can produce visual images inside the brain (commonly referred to as the “mind's eye”) via the sense of touch, where we use our minds, rather than our eyes, to visualize concrete objects allowing us to “get a picture” of that object. A “brain-sight” apparatus is disclosed that provides a box for containing object manipulatives and/or math manipulatives, two openings for receiving hands of a user, which openings are covered by a veil such that the user cannot see into the box. A user who places his hands into the box and manipulates the object manipulatives and/or math manipulatives in response to a posed problem, and then solves the posed problem in a traditional manner, benefits from cognitive enhancement provided by multi-modal stimulation of the somatosensory cortex and lateral occipital cortex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth Wesson
  • Publication number: 20140272828
    Abstract: Provided herein are construction kits and methods of using the construction kits. The construction kit comprises one or more connector elements and one or more elongate members. Each connector element has a substantially regular prismatic shape and each face of each connector element has a substantially centrally-located opening located thereon to receive an end of an elongate member therein or therethrough. To assist with learning, each connector and rod of the kit can be assigned variable values depending on the educational level of a user. For example, a lower grade may have a coloured elongate member with an integer value, whereas that same coloured elongate member may have a fractional value for a higher grade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Blue Egg Advisory Group LLC
    Inventors: David R. SUTTON, Robert McCALLUM
  • Publication number: 20140227668
    Abstract: Introduced herein is a technique that includes digital opening math discussions (“openers”) and digital dosing math discussions (“closers”) through the use of manipulative models in combination with well-authored and strategically placed sticky notes that can contain teacher instructions (“teacher ‘i’s”) and through the user of strategic feedback. This technique allows teachers to gain confidence while delivering research-based instruction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Arjan KHALSA, Fred ROSS-PERRY, Lauri SUSI
  • Publication number: 20140212851
    Abstract: My Binary Mixed Equation is a new math equation format and my Binary Quads Puzzles, Binary Quads Games and Binary-School Cads are new math related instructional aids I created to introduce students to the world of Base Two numbers, while reinforcing their math kills. I used Binary Coded Decimal number sequences of ones (1) and zeros (0) to represent decimal numbers within a traditional equation format. I then created my Binary Quads Puzzles and Games by combining my Binary Mixed Equations and traditional equations into mathematically functional equation based puzzle designs. I developed a process of individually pivoting a group of equations from their traditional horizontal orientation and then rotating each of them to different angles from 0 to 360 degree before arranging each equation within a crisscrossing, intersecting and bisecting design to create multiple puzzle designs that are functional, instructive and recreational.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: Coygon Robinson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8790119
    Abstract: In a computer-implemented educational environment, four particular features are provided, which may be used separately or in combination, to drive the instruction of a particular curriculum, e.g. the instruction of fractions. In another implementation, educators and authors may use permutations and combinations of such features to construct in a graphical user interface a progression of interactive elements which help guide a student from visual concepts to procedures, such as equations and formulas. In a particular implementation, by using these features carefully, a curriculum author may design instructional sequences that provide careful, step-by-step sequences that help students progress from understanding the visual concepts, e.g. of fractions, to mastering procedures, e.g. fractions equations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Conceptua Math
    Inventors: Arjan Khalsa, Edward Murphy
  • Patent number: 8757620
    Abstract: Teaching aid math games utilizing a mathematical matrix organized about x and y axises where the game is played by correctly associating numbers with their corresponding stations. The matrix comprises a first string of stations and a second string of stations where the first and second strings have the same number of stations. Each station is associated with a numerical value, and each station on the first string is parallel to a corresponding station on the second string where each corresponding station pair add up to the same numerical value. The display of the matrix provides visual associations for mathematical relationships.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventors: Todd Glenn Buchholz, Victoria Jacqueline Buchholz, Katherine Sabrina Buchholz, Alexia Grace Buchholz
  • Patent number: 8734158
    Abstract: The present invention includes a phonetic alphabet with clarifiers and modifiers that aid in the teaching of reading skills to individuals with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and other neurological impairments when the present invention letters are connected horizontally in series with clarifiers and modifiers to form a word, a phrase, a sentence, and/or a paragraph. The present invention further includes mathematical symbols for teaching math skills to individuals with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and other neurological impairments when predetermined geometric shapes are arranged to form numbers of a base 10 counting system that are capable for using in additional, subtraction, multiplication, division. The present invention of mathematical symbols includes whole numbers, real numbers, integers, fractions, and decimals. The present invention also includes 2D and 3D tools and methods of using same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Michael E. Cornell
  • Patent number: 8708703
    Abstract: An improved method of teaching mathematics which enables students to take an active and enjoyable role in their own learning via an interactive puzzle is disclosed. In the preferred embodiment, each of the ten digits, zero through nine, is “hidden” within one of ten value positions (52). Students must deduce the value of each position by forming sums, differences, products, and/or quotients of the positions. Freedom of selection of positions and operations provides for individualized approaches to puzzle solutions, and the interplay of values and operations promotes number sense. Mathematical reasoning is intrinsic to the puzzle. Programmable settings (72) allow the teacher to modify the puzzle, including substituting more challenging values in place of the digits (98), supplying more complex functions (106) in place of the four elementary arithmetic operations, and adjusting the format of the answers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Matthew Earl Fluster
  • Publication number: 20140106316
    Abstract: A teaching device used for teaching mathematical operations that includes: a support defining a fulcrum axis, a lever-like member, a plurality of objects and optionally a cradle. The lever-like member is pivotably supported about the fulcrum axis and has a surface facing upwardly with a plurality of weight stations equidistantly disposed along the length at measured intervals that are assigned numeric values. Each of the objects has a weight that is assigned a numerical value. One or more of the objects can be positioned on the weight stations on each of the first and second ends of the lever-like member. The moments for the first and second ends about the fulcrum are the sum of the products of the weight value and distance from the fulcrum axis for each weight. The lever-like member is in equilibrium when the first moment is equal to the second moment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Domenico Marcario
  • Publication number: 20140093847
    Abstract: A system for solving problems in mathematics, natural science, engineering and like disciplines, online or on a computing device. The system includes an interface which employs a declarative approach to solution representation. The interface allows users such as students to enter their solutions by declaring main steps of a solution (in various modes and levels of detail). The interface provides a list from which a student selects an appropriate action and fills out the details of the computations related to the action. The system helps students learn the process of solving problems by teaching them how to divide solutions into logical steps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: The Trustees of the Stevens Institute of Technolory
    Inventors: Alexei Miasnikov, Alexey Myasnikov
  • Patent number: 8684746
    Abstract: An exemplary proficiency examination system includes a collaborative system allowing multiple administrators across multiple educational institutions to add questions to a bank of questions from which an administrator at a single educational institution may select for a proficiency examination. The questions may be used in a placement examination for placing students into a class of an appropriate skill level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Saint Louis University
    Inventor: Daniel Nickolai
  • Publication number: 20130344462
    Abstract: Novel edutainment methods and devices designed by women for girls, based on learning and motivational psychology research, are provided. Further, the methods and devices provide a learning environment for math education that is integrated, multi-modal, and crafted to enhance the motivation, confidence, and math skills of girls in primary and secondary grades.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Emily K. Clarke, Kathryn A. Clarke
  • Patent number: 8595637
    Abstract: A method, computer-readable medium and system for implementing electronic flashcards are disclosed. The method is capable of generating data operable to display a first set of information in a first region of a graphical user interface, in which the data is further operable to cause a display of the first set of information while a second set of information is not displayed. The first and second sets of information are associated with a first electronic flashcard. Data operable to display the second set of information in a second region of the graphical user interface is generated, in which the data is further operable to cause a display of the second set of information responsive to a request to display the second set of information. Data operable to display a second electronic flashcard in a third region of the graphical user interface is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Victoria Ann Tucci
  • Publication number: 20130295536
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for computer-implemented tools for mathematics instruction are provided. These tools enable providing a context for a given problem, e.g. a mathematical problem. Such tools enable demonstrating understanding of the problem by enabling paraphrasing the context. The tools enable further understanding of the problem by enabling using models to depict the paraphrase. The tools further enable solving the problem. For example, a tool enables students to learn what it means to multiply fractions, to represent multiplication of fractions using visual models, and to use equations to compute answers. For example, students may be given a story problem as context. They paraphrase this context, choosing between two types of multiplication problems: groups of and part of. Students use one of two models to depict the paraphrase: the Two Number Line Model or the Double Area Model. Students solve the equation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: CONCEPTUA MATH
    Inventor: CONCEPTUA MATH
  • Publication number: 20130266916
    Abstract: This invention supplies a method to make the abstract, step-by-step logic of math problems visible via the use of digitized mathematical reasoning blocks, which can be used to construct an interactive teaching program that allows a student to select problem sets from an index of problems, allows the student to view a brief instructional video pertaining to that skill if desired, allows the student to chose the mode of problem presentation (i.e., various learning or test modes), allows the student to work randomly generated problems from within the chosen mode and set by picking mathematical reasoning blocks that represent the various necessary/possible sub-steps in route to the solution of that problem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: Rodney A. Weems
  • Patent number: 8545227
    Abstract: A mathematics game for playing by a plurality of players using different types of dice, including a first set with predetermined numeric values provided thereon; a second set with “+” or “?” symbols provided thereon (representing positive or negative); and a third set with different mathematical function symbols provided on the respective faces. The game includes a score card provided for each player. The score card includes a region for entering number values corresponding to a throw of the first type of dice; a region for entering “+”/“?” values corresponding to a throw of the second type of dice; a region for entering mathematical functions corresponding to a throw of the third type of dice; a region for entering a mathematical equation based on information in the above regions; and a region for entering a cumulative score of the respective player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventors: Nelson Patrick Downs, Gregory Scott Downs
  • Publication number: 20130236863
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to testing methods. Specifically, the present invention relates to a computer implemented system and method for providing testing in one or more academic subjects over one or more telephone or audio/voice communication means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: Amir Kiai
  • Publication number: 20130224697
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed to provide educational diagnostic assessment of reading and math performance for a student by receiving a log-in from the student over a network; presenting a new concept to the student through a multimedia presentation; testing the student on the concept at a predetermined testing level; collecting test results for one or more concepts into a test result group; performing a diagnostic analysis of the test result group; and adaptively modifying the predetermined testing level based on the adaptive diagnostic analysis and repeating the process at the modified predetermined learning level for a plurality of sub-tests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventors: Richard Douglas McCallum, Richard William Capone
  • Patent number: 8512042
    Abstract: An educational interactive game of the invention includes a system for teaching financial skills to players, and in particular, children in the context of an interactive electronic game. Each player is initially provided a predetermined amount of periodic earned income, periodic expenses and a predetermined amount of cash on hand. These items are represented by corresponding indicia on an electronic display. An object of the game is for a player to generate passive income greater than the player's expenses by encountering game events that provide a player the opportunity to make financial choices to affect the desired outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Cashflow Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip A. Rogan, David A. Gipp, Douglas W. Herman
  • Publication number: 20130177879
    Abstract: A digital media device comprising an integrated circuit configured to send and receive content on receipt of a serial identification number unique to the personal digital media device, a processor and a display screen. The personal digital media device's processor utilizes a radio frequency integrated circuit to send and receive content with, for example, a personal computer or other host processing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: FRANKLIN ELECTRONIC PUBLISHERS, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Barry J. Lipsky, Pang Lee
  • Patent number: 8438744
    Abstract: A ruler includes a base which has a plurality of one-inch wide measurement stations which include numerical indicia. The numerical indicia can be selectively exposed or covered by an associated pivoting flap. When a measurement is made, the appropriate flap is opened so the numerical indicia can be utilized in making a measurement. The numerical indicia can include both fractional numbers and decimal numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Kynan W. Mann
  • Patent number: 8398080
    Abstract: An apparatus useful as an educational device, puzzle or toy of a kind having magnetic interactions between an elongate support and pieces held, or to be held, with or without contact, about said support, wherein a plurality of said pieces collectively form, or can form, a first band of pieces about said support, and another plurality of said pieces form, or can form, a second band of pieces about the support, and wherein at least one piece of each said band has an indicia, said indicia of a piece in one band being able to be indexed to an indicia of a piece of the other band, and wherein at least one of the bands of pieces is able, or will be able, to be rotated about the elongate axis of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Mark Randall Stolten
  • Patent number: 8360780
    Abstract: A multiplication and division puzzle and method of making thereof include a main table having a plurality of cells in rows and columns, the cells being filled with products and multipliers. A template having a plurality of cells that correspond to the plurality of cells in the main table has selected cells removed to form openings therein to reveal a set of product clues in the main table when the template is superimposed or laid thereon. The product clues include the products in the cells of the main table. The non-selected cells that remain in the template, concealing the multiplier answer and non-selected product answers in the main table. The main table and template are used to form a puzzle blank having a plurality of cells containing the set of product clues and empty cells for the user to fill in missing product answers. The main table contains all of the product and multiplier answers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Lyndon O. Barton
  • Publication number: 20130011817
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for improving and/or maintaining the numerical ability of a subject, by modulating the subjects brain activity. The apparatus can be used for rehabilitation and intervention of subjects having mathematical learning difficulties, such as math dyslexia, dyscalculia or acalculia, to maintain the numerical ability, or for enhancing the numerical abilities or proficiency in normal subjects. The invention also extends to methods for improving numerical abilities and/or maintaining numerical ability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventor: Roi Cohen Kadosh
  • Patent number: 8352876
    Abstract: Interactive electronic book operating systems and methods for displaying and allowing customization of content of scientific, engineering and other technical and professional digital books. The display screen can include icons for forward and backward page turning, generating of dynamic indexing and tables of contents, bookmarking, color themes, floating pages, highlighting, adding sticky notes, hiding selected content on the pages, quizzing the reader, lecturing the reader, tutoring the reader, showing the reader additional designs and practical relevance, and allowing the instructor to generate uniform seed numbers for problems and designs and/or allowing the instructor to generate random seed values for problems and designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Issa Batarseh, Ghaith Haddad, Rashad Oreifej, Rawad Al-Haddad
  • Patent number: 8287280
    Abstract: A method for instructing mathematics includes providing a work surface to a visually impaired student; providing a plurality of movable elements for use in connection with the work surface, each of the movable elements comprising on a front surface thereof at least a portion of a visible mathematical symbol readable via eyesight, each of the movable elements further comprising Braille indicia on the front surface thereof corresponding to the at least a portion of the visible mathematical symbol, each of the moveable elements being movable to any position on the work surface; and having the student arrange a plurality of the moveable element on the work surface to form a standard mathematical expression wherein the mathematical expression comprises multiple lines set forth in a vertical arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventors: Roger P. Wolf, Paula J. Wolf
  • Publication number: 20120208152
    Abstract: Systems and methods to define a scenario of conditions comprising the steps of defining at least one condition for at least one educational objective, the at least one condition being represented by a constraint and scheduling the conditions into a scenario of conditions. In some embodiments, the scheduling is performed by analyzing the constraints using constraint programming. In some embodiments, the constraints comprise mathematical or computational constraints representing a range of variables. Also disclosed are systems and methods to monitor a scenario of conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: APTIMA, INC.
    Inventors: E. Webb Stacy, John Colonna-Romano
  • Publication number: 20120189990
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for training number sense of a person by providing content which challenges the approximate number system in the context of an interactive video game. The training of non-verbal number sense is fostered through brain plasticity and learning associated with dynamic interactive video game environments. The present invention may provide tasks to a player through an interactive video game. Actions are received from the player, and a number sense acuity value is measured based on those actions. Feedback is provided to the player based on the number sense acuity value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventors: Daphne Bavelier, C. Shawn Green, Justin Halberda, Alexandre Pouget
  • Publication number: 20120141960
    Abstract: In a computer-implemented educational environment, four particular features are provided, which may be used separately or in combination, to drive the instruction of a particular curriculum, e.g. the instruction of fractions. In another implementation, educators and authors may use permutations and combinations of such features to construct in a graphical user interface a progression of interactive elements which help guide a student from visual concepts to procedures, such as equations and formulas. In a particular implementation, by using these features carefully, a curriculum author may design instructional sequences that provide careful, step-by-step sequences that help students progress from understanding the visual concepts, e.g. of fractions, to mastering procedures, e.g. fractions equations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventors: Arjan Khalsa, Edward Murphy
  • Publication number: 20120129137
    Abstract: A kit and method is described for introducing mathematical concepts to children through video tutorials and pictorial flash cards. The video tutorials include visual and auditory stimulation based on instructional and entertaining skits, cinematic representations and similar means to deliver and reinforce concepts. The flash cards correspond to the content of the videos tutorials, and are useful before, during and after the video tutorials for further reinforcement of the provided concepts. The kit and method utilize association and repetition as a basis to teach young children, and to provide physical meaning of basic mathematical concepts without requiring abstract thought or computational thinking therefrom. The kit may be tailored to a given audience by varying the chosen videos and flash cards based on a predefined lesson plan, allowing an instructor or parent to adjust the difficulty level to an appropriate level for a particular child or classroom of children.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventor: Canaa Lee
  • Publication number: 20120107779
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a processor, a computer memory, a user interface, and computer-executable instructions which enable a user to formulate mathematical expressions via the user interface. The mathematical expression is composed from objects selected from a library of object types in the memory. The object types include primitive objects and non-primitive objects. Non-primitive objects contain at least one field which in turn can contain additional objects; primitive objects have no fields. The mathematical expression is defined by a computer-readable data structure in the memory, and each object and field has a mathematical significance assigned thereto. The data structure uniquely identifies each object and each field, and includes pointers to define nesting of the objects and fields in the mathematical expression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventors: P. Karl Halton, Ben Smith, Gregory James Fee
  • Patent number: 8152529
    Abstract: A computer-based educational system provides the user or instructor with a suite of graphic editing tools, allowing the design of graphical objects, such as symbols and text that can be displayed to a viewer, such as a student, using a projector or computer terminal. In order to facilitate the educational process, the invention provides the user with robust ability to control parameters of the graphical objects, allowing the user to create simulations or models of subject matter, such as mathematical principles, in order to facilitate the educational process. In the preferred embodiment, the parameters of these graphical objects can actually be defined in terms of variables and specifically functions or expressions including those variables and then the values of the variables controlled in real-time by the user. This ability allows the user to control the execution of the simulations or models, enabling the user or instructor to dovetail the execution of those simulations with the instructional process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Enablearning, Inc
    Inventors: Arthur H. Bardige, Lukas Biewald
  • Publication number: 20120082960
    Abstract: Disclosed are manipulator devices for use in learning games, and kits utilizing the same. The manipulator devices my be a substantially elongated and flat body formed of flexible material and at least partially stuffed to resemble a bean bag. The body is adapted to be capable of manipulation between an unfolded position and a folded position, where the folded position conceals an identifiable attribute of the device selected from the group consisting of a number or a symbol. The kits may include three or more manipulator devices each having at least two attributes identifiable by children and allowing them to associate the plurality of devices into subsets according to shared types of these attributes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: Janice Z. Olsen, Emily F. Knapton
  • Publication number: 20120077157
    Abstract: Novel edutainment methods and devices designed by women for girls, based on learning and motivational psychology research, are provided. Further, the methods and devices provide a learning environment for math education that is integrated, multi-modal, and crafted to enhance the motivation, confidence, and math skills of girls in primary and secondary grades.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventors: Emily K. Clarke, Kathryn A. Clarke
  • Patent number: 8118598
    Abstract: An educational interactive game of the invention includes a system for teaching financial skills to players, and in particular, children in the context of an interactive electronic game. Each player is initially provided a predetermined amount of periodic earned income, periodic expenses and a predetermined amount of cash on hand. These items are represented by corresponding indicia on an electronic display. An object of the game is for a player to generate passive income greater than the player's expenses by encountering game events that provide a player the opportunity to make financial choices to affect the desired outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Cashflow Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip A. Rogan, David A. Gipp, Douglas W. Herman
  • Patent number: 8108786
    Abstract: Graphical user interfaces, systems, and methods of implementing electronic flashcards are disclosed. Embodiments provide an interface for enabling information on a selected side of an electronic flashcard to be displayed and hidden. For example, the information on a first side of an electronic flashcard may be displayed while the information on the second side is hidden, thereby enabling a user to test himself or herself before revealing the information on the second side of the electronic flashcard. The interface may also enable placement or storage of inactive electronic flashcards in multiple piles or stacks. For example, electronic flashcards which have not yet been viewed may be displayed in a first pile, while previously viewed flashcards may be displayed in one or more additional stacks. Additionally, the interface may limit the number of flashcards in one or more of the stacks. Further, the interface may perform automated shuffling of the flashcards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventor: Victoria Ann Tucci
  • Patent number: 8070493
    Abstract: A measurement system apparatus is provided, which includes an elongated bar and a plurality of discrete measurement unit pieces received along the bar. The elongated bar is metered in accordance with a measurement system. Each measurement unit piece represents an incremental unit of the measurement system. A method is also provided for instructing a student as to a measurement system which generally includes the steps of providing an elongated bar, with the bar being metered along its length to reflect incremental units of a measurement system, providing a plurality of measurement unit pieces corresponding to the metered incremental units of the measurement system, and placing selected measurement unit pieces along the elongated bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventor: Perry Wilson
  • Publication number: 20110294098
    Abstract: Teaching accessories that will help children learn and love arithmetic. Using a table with chips and sectional slots on the table, the child will solve problems by themselves or with others. Starting at a young age will help boost mathematical skills in school, just like learning reading at a young age has helped boost reading skills for children. The parent will select the type of problem the child will solve. The problem is then given and the child will use the chips provided in the corner of the table to solve the problem. The table has ten slots that can hold up to 100 chips on their side alone. The child will move up in skill level and feel accomplishment that will make them want to learn more and do more problems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: Willard Lemar Burrell, Latricia Esperanza Constantino
  • Publication number: 20110287395
    Abstract: The present invention includes a phonetic alphabet with clarifiers and modifiers that aid in the teaching of reading skills to individuals with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and other neurological impairments when the present invention letters are connected horizontally in series with clarifiers and modifiers to form a word, a phrase, a sentence, and/or a paragraph. The present invention further includes mathematical symbols for teaching math skills to individuals with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and other neurological impairments when predetermined geometric shapes are arranged to form numbers of a base 10 counting system that are capable for using in additional, subtraction, multiplication, division. The present invention of mathematical symbols includes whole numbers, real numbers, integers, fractions, and decimals. The present invention also includes 2D and 3D tools and methods of using same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: Michael E. Cornell
  • Publication number: 20110275038
    Abstract: An educational game for mathematics has a poly outline or spherical shape board with a continuous play path along its edge and is labeled with different mathematical strands. Strands include question cards, segments labeled as mathematical concepts, and a monetary amount. Game pieces are included but are not part of the game board itself. When a player tosses a positive integer with both dice (E.g. cube subtracted from decahedron) and lands on a segment, he/she will receive credit for correctly answering a strand card question. If the dice toss result is negative, he/she may not attempt a question. If segments are credited to other players, he/she must pay a penalty derived from a mathematical equation. Players will have opportunities to place desks/tables on their credited segments. Greater fees occur with desks/tables present. Players track losses/gains on a money tracking card. The player with the most amount of money after a set time, or a player who has made all other players forfeit wins the game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventor: Willi Penner
  • Publication number: 20110256514
    Abstract: Featured are methods and systems for psychophysical assessment of number-sense acuity. Such methods include determining at least a display time based on participant related information (e.g., age) and selecting images for viewing by the participant based on the participant related information, the selected images having a complexity appropriate for the participant. Such methods further include displaying each selected image to the participant for the determined display time, the participant providing a reply to an assessment question after viewing each selected image, and determining a parameter representative of the psychophysical assessment of number-sense acuity based on each reply by the participant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventor: Justin P. Halberda