Correctness Of Response Indicated To Examine By Self-operating Or Examinee Actuated Means Patents (Class 434/327)
  • Publication number: 20140370481
    Abstract: Described herein are techniques related to a polygraph report system that is equipment agnostic. This Abstract is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Hector Ruiz
  • Publication number: 20140370482
    Abstract: A virtual lab is generated for a underlying learning objective defined by a lab instructor. The virtual lab is decomposed into multiple lab steps. Each lab step defines a portion of the underlying learning objective that can be performed independently. Each lab step includes pedagogical information for teaching a learner the portion of the underlying learning objective and information for specifying a portion of the underlying system that will execute the lab step. A first portion of the underlying system is caused to execute a first lab step. This allows the learner to perform the portion of the underlying learning objective defined in the first lab step. An event generated by the learner's performance of the first lab step is received. In response, a specific pedagogical procedure that is dictated by the event is caused to be performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Thekkthalackal Varugis Kurien, Alpesh Gaglani, Arunprakash Balakrishnan, Eric . D. Schweickert, Daniel Behrendt, Vinay Balasubramaniam, Suyash Sinha
  • Patent number: 8753184
    Abstract: A system and method for playing an interactive song lyric guessing game is provided. Some aspects present a player with a scrambled word cloud of lyrics and asks the player to select the correct name of the artist or song from a list of possible answers. Advertising and other commercially useful information are presented to the user and collected from the user in the course of playing the game. For example, the player of the game may be directed to an online store where songs can be purchased or downloaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: David Goldenberg
  • Patent number: 8734162
    Abstract: An interactive game and gaming system are presented. In some aspects, information is derived from a database and a select subset of it is used to generate both questions and potential answers to the questions. A player is presented with the potential answers and selects an answer, which is evaluated by the system to determine its correctness. Commercial advantages of interacting with players in this way and collecting information about the players and promoting things to the players are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: David Goldenberg
  • Patent number: 8565668
    Abstract: The present invention is related to interactive training. In one embodiment, a training system presents a stored scenario to a user via a terminal. The user is provided with the ability to intervene and stop the pre-recorded scenario to identify an error in handling the situation presented in the scenario and/or an opportunity presented in the scenario. Once the user has intervened, the user can be presented with a question regarding the opportunity and/or error. The user is scored based in part on the number of errors and/or opportunities that the user identified and optionally on the user's response to the question.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: BreakThrough PerformanceTech, LLC
    Inventor: Martin L. Cohen
  • Patent number: 8429112
    Abstract: A system is disclosed that provides a goal based learning system utilizing a rule based expert training system to provide a cognitive educational experience. The system provides the user with a simulated environment that presents a business opportunity to understand and solve optimally. Mistakes are noted and remedial educational material presented dynamically to build the necessary skills that a user requires for success in the business endeavor. The system utilizes an artificial intelligence engine driving individualized and dynamic feedback with synchronized video and graphics used to simulate real-world environment and interactions. A robust business model provides support for realistic activities and allows a user to experience real world consequences for their actions and decisions and entails realtime decision-making and synthesis of the educational material. The system is architectured around a table of components to manage and control the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Eren Tolga Rosenfeld, Ekpedeme Mfon Bassey, Beth Elyse Zadik, Martha Torrey O'Connor, Alexander Han Leung Poon, Eric Jeffrey Lannert, Tracey Andrea Solomon, Jonathan Christian Conant, Alexander Zorba, Carl Michael Puccio, Timothy John Gobran, James Andrew Gilchrist, Mark Stewart Nichols, Brandon Denning Fleisher, Craig William Friedman, Adebisi Detoro Lipede, Matthew Allen Bailey
  • Publication number: 20130029308
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention provide methods and computer-program products for teaching a topic to a user. One aspect of the invention provides a method for teaching a topic to a user. The method includes: administering one or more question to assess the user's knowledge of the topic; displaying a first interactive pedagogical agent and a second interactive pedagogical agent; and facilitating a trialog between the user, the first interactive pedagogical agent, and the second interactive pedagogical agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: ARTHUR C. GRAESSER, DIANE F. HALPERN, KEITH MILLIS
  • Publication number: 20110262889
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for encouraging a student to continue practicing skills until mastery of the skills is achieved. The method and apparatus present assigned exercises sequentially to a student, and evaluates the student's response. An assignment comprising a finite number of questions, a maximum number of attempts to answer each of the finite number of questions, and a required minimum number of correct answers to the finite number of questions is designed for a user. A learning device presents the user with a question from the finite number of questions that has not been attempted by the user. If the user supplies an incorrect answer to the question, the user chooses to either accept the incorrect answer, or to repeat an attempt to answer the question with new parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: QUANT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Marcel Prevuznak, James Hawkes, Merritt Crawford
  • Publication number: 20110189644
    Abstract: A self-correcting learning tray is described comprising a see-through base and lid. Cards are inserted into the base to underlay the answer cells with the answer possibilities for the activity. There are two shapes of cards. One shape enables the card to also underlay the base as well as the lid. The other shape enables the card to sit under the answer cells of the base with the remainder protruding outside of the coverage area of the tray. Each card is printed with a unique pattern on the reverse side. Each tile has a component of that pattern printed on it. The answer is revealed by turning the tray over and sliding out the card, where the answer printed on the card should match the answer comprised by the tiles in the base of the tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventors: Duncan Milne, Anna Kirschberg
  • Publication number: 20110123967
    Abstract: An automated system, apparatus and method for evaluation of comprehension are disclosed. The method includes receiving an input text and natural language processing the text to identify dependencies between text elements in the input text. Grammar rules are applied to generate questions and associated answers from the processed text, at least some of the questions being based on the identified dependencies. A set of the generated questions is posed to a reader of the input text and the comprehension of the reader evaluated, based on the reader's responses to the questions posed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Florent C. PERRONNIN, Caroline Brun, Kristine A. German, Robert M. Lofthus
  • Patent number: 7871322
    Abstract: A game device provides a question to a plurality of players. The game device counts the number of players each having provided an answer to the question or each having provided a correct answer to the question. When the counted number of players reaches a predetermined number of players, a predetermined time limit is set. The game device measures an elapsed time from when the time limit has been set (i.e., a correct answer elapsed time), and stops accepting an answer to the question when the correct answer elapsed time reaches the time limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoaki Yoshinobu, Toshikazu Kiuchi
  • Patent number: 7841940
    Abstract: A human test that is based on a human conceptual capability. A human test according to the present techniques includes posing a question that is selected to exercise a human conceptual capability, obtaining an answer to the question, and comparing the answer to a correct answer that would be rendered by a human being.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Astav, inc
    Inventor: Alexandre Bronstein
  • Patent number: 7831195
    Abstract: An improved system for administering a computer and paper-based test, including a multifunction peripheral having a printing function and a scanning function for operating on the test, and a host remotely connected to the peripheral over a network. The multifunction peripheral is configured to receive the test from the host and transmit a scanned copy of a modified paper test to the host, and the host is configured to transmit a result of an evaluation of the modified test to the peripheral. A method for administering a test including transmitting a registration code, receiving a print job including a test associated with the registration code and printing the test. The method further includes digitizing the test and transmitting the digitized test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Eugene Borchers
  • Publication number: 20100273139
    Abstract: A method of providing an answer, comprising receiving a criteria, identifying a subset of a set of answers in a data store based on the criteria, calculating a random value for each of the answers in the subset, ranking the subset of answers based on the random values, selecting one of the answers of the subset based on the ranking; and providing an output including the selected answer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: Citysearch, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Doppelt, Ethan Lowry, Patrick O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 7778834
    Abstract: The present disclosure presents a useful metric for assessing the relative difficulty which non-native speakers face in pronouncing a given utterance and a method and systems for using such a metric in the evaluation and assessment of the utterances of non-native speakers. In an embodiment, the metric may be based on both known sources of difficulty for language learners and a corpus-based measure of cross-language sound differences. The method may be applied to speakers who primarily speak a first language speaking utterances in any non-native second language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Educational Testing Service
    Inventors: Derrick Higgins, Klaus Zechner, Yoko Futagi, Rene Lawless
  • Patent number: 7724696
    Abstract: Power management features of a reader device control an amount of electrical energy supplied to the reader device. The power management features include several power control categories that a user may select to affect an amount of power consumed by the reader device. One power control category controls power consumption based on a genre of an electronic book being processed by the reader device. Another power control category controls power consumption based on a time of day an electronic book is being processed by the reader device. Power control instructions that control how much power a reader device consumes may also be generated based on a characteristic of a user's interaction with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jateen P. Parekh
  • Patent number: 7717714
    Abstract: A puzzle device for teaching comprises a base where a slot is provided on one side for inserting at least one image card, and a plurality of rotatable turning parts are provided thereon. A plurality of indicator units is set on each turning part, and a plurality of groups of quiz and question units are set on recto of each image card. Each quiz unit includes a question-description unit and a sign unit of the same group. Besides, the turning parts are set next to the question units respectively. Thereby, a user can find the question-description unit according to the question unit on the image card, and then can turn the turning part according to the indication of the sign unit to match the indicator unit and the sign unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Inventor: Chia-Hao Wang
  • Publication number: 20100028845
    Abstract: A training system comprising: a terminal, a cpu located in the terminal; a storage means in signal communication with the cpu; an input means located on the terminal and in signal communication with the cpu; a terminal screen located on the terminal and in signal communication with the cpu; a training module located on the storage means, the training module comprising: at least one training video with user selectable chapter markers located at programmed intervals on the training video; an employee evaluations module located on the storage means that alerts a supervisor when an employee should receive training on a specific subject, when an employee has watched certain videos and has completed training, and that provides results and analyses of all employee quizzes to the a person directed by an operator of the training system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventors: Jason T. Myer, Craig Milum
  • Publication number: 20090253113
    Abstract: Methods and systems for promoting learning by presenting multiple concepts and forcing the viewer to imagine the relationship between them. Students can take notes by choosing clues and answers as they study. A flowchart indicating a teaching method is illustrated in FIG. 1 Oc. A teacher can begin by opening an exercise (1001) (a set of mindsets to be shown to the class). The teacher can expose all the clues in the mindset (1002), then pause, allowing the students to consider the relationship between the clues in mindset (1003). The teacher can then expose a set of possible multimedia answers, so each student can vote with individual classroom voting devices (1005). Answers can be presented in a format which allows the voters to choose multiple correct answers for a given clue list. The student responses can be recorded (1007). This method can repeat until the test is completed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Inventor: Gregory Tuve
  • Publication number: 20090130644
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a test question constructing method and apparatus, a test sheet fabricated using the method, and a computer-readable medium storing a test question constructing program for executing the method. In a case where multiple testees simultaneously take a test, correct answer arrangements are made different by the testees through mixing of choices. Further, the correct answer arrangement is adjusted such that correct answers may be not poorly distributed to a specific choice. In particular, the correct answer arrangements of adjacent testees are adjusted to be different from one another. Therefore, cheating, for example, one testee shows other testees the answers or sneaks a look at an answer sheets of other testees, can be prevented. According to the present invention, an ability to classify the testees which was a blind point of a multiple-choice objective test can be markedly improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventor: Jong Min Lee
  • Patent number: 7536363
    Abstract: A system is disclosed that provides a goal based learning system utilizing a rule based expert training system to provide a cognitive educational experience. The system provides the user with a simulated environment that presents a business opportunity to understand and solve optimally. Mistakes are noted and remedial educational material presented dynamically to build the necessary skills that a user requires for success in the business endeavor. The system utilizes an artificial intelligence engine driving individualized and dynamic feedback with synchronized video and graphics used to simulate real-world environment and interactions. Multiple “correct” answers are integrated into the learning system to allow individualized learning experiences in which navigation through the system is at a pace controlled by the learner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services GmbH
    Inventors: Eren Tolga Rosenfeld, Ekpedeme Mfon Bassey, Beth Elyse Zadik, Martha Torrey O'Connor, Alexander Han Leung Poon, Eric Jeffrey Lannert, Tracey Andrea Solomon, Jonathan Christian Conant, Alexander Zorba, Carl Michael Puccio, Timothy John Gobran, James Andrew Gilchrist, Mark Stewart Nichols, Brandon Denning Fleisher, Craig William Friedman, Adebisi Detoro Lipede, Matthew Allen Bailey
  • Publication number: 20090111082
    Abstract: A new learning system is described. Embodiments of the learning system include an authoring system including software utilities that enable a designer to create newly effective learning material from existing content. The system further includes an infrastructure for licensing and distribution of the created learning modules that include copyright and pirating protection and license transfer. The system is based upon established theories of learning and enables the untrained designer to create an electronic learning experience that best takes advantage of these learning theories. The material has been tested and shown effective in a variety of learning and counseling situations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: Richard Jorgensen
  • Publication number: 20090111084
    Abstract: A method of displaying information for learning purposes comprises the steps of providing within a computer an information set. The information set includes a plurality of discrete information element pairs. Each discrete information element pair has a cue element and a response element. Each cue and response element pair is sequenced over a plurality of simulated flashcards. The information set is caused to be arranged for display within the computer in a deliberate sequence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: Darren Patrick Mccarty
  • Publication number: 20090098523
    Abstract: An answer key for use in answering multiple-choice questions is configured to provide immediate feedback to an examinee as to whether correct response has been made for each question. The key comprises a substrate having a plurality of similar geometric shaped holes and at least one geometric shaped hole being different in characteristic to said plurality of similar geometric shaped holes. Under each multiple question a line coded is printed comprising a plurality of similar shaped drawings and at least one shaped drawing which are arranged in X row. The at least one shaped drawing is shaped differently from said plurality of similar shaped drawings, wherein one of the similar shaped drawings corresponds to said correct response. The correct response is identified by placing the answer key on the coded line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventor: Farid Shahriari
  • Publication number: 20090042176
    Abstract: Disclosed is an on-line education method using an Internet. The on-line education method includes (a) a basic learning step for providing a learner with a concept lecture video for a predetermined learning category, (b) a feedback learning step for providing a predetermined number of questions to the learner together with at least one of correct solutions, explanations, solution videos and concept videos to allow the learner to review a content of the concept lecture video provided in step (a), (c) an instant test step for providing questions selected by the learner according to a degree of difficulty and a number of questions together with a correct solution, explanation, a solution video and a concept video for each question, and an instant test feedback sham examination step for providing questions, which are similar to the questions that the learner fails to answer in step (c).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Applicant: HAPPYEDU CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mun Sik Nam
  • Publication number: 20080318200
    Abstract: The present invention is a computer aided method and system for guided teaching and learning with the aid of an optional communication device, comprising the steps of: (a) presenting a question to the student at a student display; (b) receiving answer from the teacher at the teacher workstation, wherein the answer is received by the teacher from the student or directly from the students remotely; (c) sharing the answer submitted on at least one student displayed) determining whether the answer is correct; (e) presenting feedback to the answer at all student displays or workstations; (f) receiving input from the teacher at the teacher workstation for the teacher to give further information related to the question on student display; and (g) presenting information using a plurality of styles and stimuli corresponding to the input from the teacher or student on the student display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: Kit King Kitty Hau, Shi Kin Howard Wan, Yin Chung Nicholas Wong
  • Publication number: 20080254432
    Abstract: A computerized learning method is provided. The method may include receiving performance data for a user from at least one of a plurality of learning application programs, at a learning service program. The method may also include updating a learning level of the user based on the performance data from at least one of the plurality of learning applications, and determining a recommendation for the user based on the updated learning level. The recommendation may be displayed on a graphical user interface of the learning service program. The determination of the recommendation may be based on a measured change in a learning level for a group of users with at least one profile element similar to the user. In this manner, effective recommendations for the user may be made.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Susan D. Woolf, Mythreyee Ganapathy, Patrick O'Kelley, Neema Moraveji, Joyojeet Pal
  • Publication number: 20080131858
    Abstract: A method for determining a unique scent for an individual is described. A personality test may be administered to an individual, and the results of the personality test may be evaluated. The results of the personality test may determine one or more characteristics of the individual's personality. One or more families of scents may also be provided to the individual. The families of scents may correspond to the characteristic of the individual's personality. Using the results of the personality test and the families of scents, an individualized scent for that person may be determined. Also, a kit is described herein that may be used to construct a unique, individualized scent for an individual. The kit may include a personality test that probes various characteristics of the individual's personality. One or more families of scents that correspond to the characteristic of the individual's personality may also be included in the kit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventor: McKenna Gordon
  • Publication number: 20070259319
    Abstract: A system and method changes the behavior of a user with respect to an activity. The system and method automatically detects the performance of the activity by the user and automatically performs an interruption process, such as displaying a representation of the user stopping the activity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Publication date: November 8, 2007
    Inventors: Rex Stock, Daniel Dugan, Peter Wolfgang DeRaedt
  • Patent number: 7287224
    Abstract: An operation-enabling training and safety computer system and associated methods operable for selectively enabling and disabling a powered system including means for disabling the operation of the powered system, a display operable for presenting a user of the powered system with one or more questions related to training in the use of and safety associated with the powered system, one or more keys operable for transmitting one or more answers to the one or more questions from the user to the computer system, a processor operable for analyzing the one or more answers, and means for enabling the operation of the powered system if the one or more answers meet a set of predetermined criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Reasonable Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis A. Beam, III
  • Patent number: 7194444
    Abstract: A system is disclosed that provides a goal based learning system utilizing a rule based expert training system to provide a cognitive educational experience. The system provides the user with a simulated environment that presents a business opportunity to understand and solve optimally. Mistakes are noted and remedial educational material presented dynamically to build the necessary skills that a user requires for success in the business endeavor. The system utilizes an artificial intelligence engine driving individualized and dynamic feedback with synchronized video and graphics used to simulate real-world environment and interactions. Multiple “correct” answers are integrated into the learning system to allow individualized learning experiences in which navigation through the system is at a pace controlled by the learner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Indeliq, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Stewart Nichols
  • Patent number: 7165973
    Abstract: A method of testing a subject's competence for operating machines by successively presenting a plurality of pages of scattered images to the subject, having the subject establish a path through the scattered images on each of the plurality of pages, recording the absolute time required for the subject to establish the path through the scattered images on each of the plurality of pages, determining the relative time required for the subject to establish the path on at least two of the plurality of pages of scattered images, and classifying the subjects competence for operating machines based on the absolute time and the relative time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Inventor: Michael B. Cantor
  • Patent number: 7088849
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and apparatus of objectively testing the low contrast performance of an imaging system. Images of a uniform phantom and images of a low contrast detectability phantom are reconstructed. Thereafter, a group of pixels from an image of the uniform phantom are removed and replaced with a group of pixels from an image of the LCD phantom. A user or test observer is then prompted to identify which quadrant of the first phantom image contains a group of pixels from the LCD phantom. An accuracy of a user response is then determined and conveyed to the user. The present invention is applicable with a number of imaging modalities including computer tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, PET, ultrasound, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Thomas L Toth
  • Patent number: 7040898
    Abstract: Computer software and portable memory for an electronic educational toy designed to stimulate the development of a child's mind using audio feedback, the educational toy including an enclosure enclosing a processor, data storage medium and a speaker and having a substantially planar surface for being contacted by the child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Tinkers & Chance
    Inventors: Brian I. Marcus, Warren S. Heit
  • Patent number: 6970677
    Abstract: A tutorial method for teaching the scoring of open-ended questions holistically includes displaying a student response to a scorer and permitting the scorer to access a rubric containing the rules for scoring that response. The scorer can choose a display form from a handwritten form and a typed text form that retains and originally present errors. Following the scorer's having entered a score, a model score is displayed so that a scoring efficacy may be determined. Annotations prepared by expert scorers may be accessed to enhance the learning process. In addition, a running correlation between the model and entered scores is calculated and displayed for the scorer over a tutorial session that includes attempts at scoring different responses. The system includes a processor, a workstation, and software for performing the above-described method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Harcourt Assessment, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene A. Jongsma, David K. Mellott
  • Patent number: 6944596
    Abstract: Analyzing employees based on results of an education business simulation. A network is utilized to present a training simulation to a user for achieving a training goal. Information is integrated into the training simulated utilizing the network that helps motivate achievement of the goal by the user. Progress of the user towards achieving the goal is measured utilizing the network. For further motivating achievement of the goal, feedback is also provided to the user utilizing the network. There are three levels of feedback, where each is progressively more detailed and is selected based on the number of mistakes made by the user, the user's progress towards the goal is subsequently reported to the employer of the user utilizing the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Accenture LLP
    Inventors: William A. Gray, Douglas S. Coons
  • Patent number: 6879805
    Abstract: A test form comprises a substrate, a chromogenic material applied to at least a top surface portion of the substrate, a removable opaque layer overlaying a portion of the chromogenic material, the chromogenic material being adapted to irreversibly generate a visible change in color to form a desired indicia, upon exposure of the area to an activating agent such as heat to predetermined areas on a bottom portion of the substrate, all without disturbing the opaque layer covering the indicia so produced. The present invention is further directed to a method and system for customizing a test form having a removable opaque layer, by permitting printing under the opaque layer to be concealed until the corresponding opaque layer covering the indicia is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Inventor: Michael L. Epstein
  • Publication number: 20040197760
    Abstract: A flash card or other type display member is disclosed in which one or more display surfaces are provided for displaying a first indicia, preferably educational indicia. A flap is provided on display surface for optionally revealing a second indicia associated with the first indicia.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventors: Robert Rawlins, Frank Stinga, Polly DeHays, Theresa Gamble, Kelly Yost
  • Patent number: 6768894
    Abstract: A tutorial method for teaching the scoring of open-ended questions holistically includes displaying a student response to a scorer and permitting the scorer to access a rubric containing the rules for scoring that response. The scorer can choose a display form from a handwritten form and a typed text form that retains and originally present errors. Following the scorer's having entered a score, a model score is displayed so that a scoring efficacy may be determined. Annotations prepared by expert scorers may be accessed to enhance the learning process. In addition, a running correlation between the model and entered scores is calculated and displayed for the scorer over a tutorial session that includes attempts at scoring different responses. The system includes a processor, a workstation, and software for performing the above-described method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Harcourt Assessment, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene A. Jongsma, David K. Mellott
  • Patent number: 6739874
    Abstract: An electronic educational toy designed to teach letters, words and numbers and stimulate the development of a child's mind using audio feedback, the educational toy including an enclosure enclosing a processor, a data storage medium and a speaker and having a substantially flat surface, at least a portion of which comprises a work platform on which a child manipulates and places an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Tinkers & Chance
    Inventors: Brian I. Marcus, Warren S. Heit
  • Patent number: 6733297
    Abstract: This invention relates to an instructional device comprising a casing snugly enclosing a first central insert component and a second insert component. Each insert component has a combination of protruding fences, walled openings, and plain openings on a top and bottom surfaces. The first central insert component and the second central insert component is stacked together with the bottom surfaces of each central insert component communicating directly with each other resulting in the top surface of the first central insert component facing away from the top surface of the second central insert component. The stacking of the bottom surfaces with each other forms a series of internal enclosures and pathways while each top surface of the central insert components forms a series of external enclosures and pathways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Inventors: Adam Giermek, Mark G. Valentine
  • Patent number: 6726485
    Abstract: An electronic toy appliance designed to stimulate the development of a child's mind using audio feedback, the toy comprising an object having a plurality of substantially planar sides adapted for manipulation by a child on a substantially flat surface so that a child may select different sides of the object to face upwardly. The appliance prompts the child with more difficult prompts depending on the child having provided correct previous responses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Tinkers & Chance
    Inventors: Brian I. Marcus, Warren S. Heit
  • Publication number: 20040002046
    Abstract: A method of testing a subject's competence for operating machines by successively presenting a plurality of pages of scattered images to the subject, having the subject establish a path through the scattered images on each of the plurality of pages, recording the absolute time required for the subject to establish the path through the scattered images on each of the plurality of pages, determining the relative time required for the subject to establish the path on at least two of the plurality of pages of scattered images, and classifying the subject's competence for operating machines based on the absolute time and the relative time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2003
    Publication date: January 1, 2004
    Inventor: Michael B. Cantor
  • Patent number: 6632096
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a computer-based teaching system includes modifying a text file by inserting a first predetermined character at a first end of a first selected information element, and also inserting a second predetermined character at a second end of the first selected information element. A blank box is created in an area defined by the first and second predetermined character. The blank box replaces the first selected information element. Data is stored in a memory, with the data representing the first selected information element. A user interface is provided, which enables selective display of either the blank box or the first selected information element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Inventor: Haruyuki Sumimoto
  • Patent number: 6607388
    Abstract: An educational toy for teaching a child a sequence of letters, numbers, colors or other sequences. The toy would be provided with a plurality of segmented body portions, each of the body portions associated with a single indicia. A switch is provided on each of the segmented body portions. When this switch is depressed, an audio output associated with the indicia would be produced. After the child has memorized a series of indicia to produce a learned sequence, a switch associated with a segmented body portion having demarcation indicia would be depressed, allowing the entire sequence to be vocalized in order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: Leapfrog Enterprises
    Inventor: Mary Ann Cogliano
  • Patent number: 6585519
    Abstract: Computer implemented training exercises present stimuli to a user and receive responses by the user to the stimuli. The stimuli are specifically selected to challenge and improve a cognitive ability of the user, e.g., the ability to perceive and understand spoken language. As a result, the stimuli cannot be changed or adapted to motivate the user through entertainment. Motivation is therefore provided by periodic reward animations which include persistent plots and characters. Progress indicators represent progress toward reward animations and represent such progression with smooth, entertaining progress animations. Randomly appearing animations and variations in rewards and immediate feedback add to the surprise and curiosity of the user and motivate further correct responses to see further random animations and variations. Progress indicators also represent a relation between the number of steps taking toward completion of a task and a maximum number of steps which should be needed to complete the task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: Scientific Learning Corp.
    Inventors: William M. Jenkins, Bret E. Peterson, Steven Miller, Michael M. Merzenich, Paula Tallal
  • Patent number: 6561905
    Abstract: A skin-irritating game machine include a main unit and a plurality of control cables respectively connected to the main unit, each control cable having two metal contact elements adhered to the skin a respective player to form a respective electric loop through which a voltage is outputted from the main unit to the player who loses the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Inventor: Wu-Shiung Ting
  • Patent number: 6546230
    Abstract: A technique is disclosed for testing and training health care professionals. Competency tests are stored on machine readable media and transmitted via network connections to remote provider systems, such as workstations or diagnostic systems. A health care professional can take a competency test on a particular topic and input his/her responses at the remote provider system. The health care professional's responses are evaluated, and an assessment of his/her skills displayed at the provider system. The assessment particularly points out those areas, if any, where the health care professional's knowledge is deficient. If the health care professional has any areas which need improvement, a list of relevant courses is also displayed at the provider system. The health care professional may then select a desired course from the user interface. The machine readable media maintains a record of the health care professional's assessment as well as a list of completed courses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Samantha Allison
  • Patent number: 6535861
    Abstract: A system is disclosed that provides a goal based learning system utilizing a rule based expert training system to provide a cognitive educational experience. The system provides the user with a simulated environment that presents a business opportunity to understand and solve optimally. Mistakes are noted and remedial educational material presented dynamically to build the necessary skills that a user requires for success in the business endeavor. The system utilizes an artificial intelligence engine driving individualized and dynamic feedback with synchronized video and graphics used to simulate real-world environment and interactions. Multiple “correct” answers are integrated into the learning system to allow individualized learning experiences in which navigation through the system is at a pace controlled by the learner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Accenture Properties (2) B.V.
    Inventors: Martha Torrey O'Connor, Eren Tolga Rosenfeld
  • Patent number: 6514079
    Abstract: The present invention is a system and method of interactive multimedia teaching and learning, through the use of audiovisual presentations. The invention provides a computer based multimedia presentation which may include pictures, sound, graphics and text to provide a trainee with a presentation regarding the performance of an occupational skill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: RuMe Interactive
    Inventors: Kevin McMenimen, Matthew P. Sack