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Electronic Learning Blocks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000167265D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Feb-05
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Feb-05
Document File: 4 page(s) / 184K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention involves learning blocks that can function both as recreation and as an effective teaching tool that will allow the learner to put words, phrases, or simple math problems together in a linear fashion. This invention will include a "master block" with different levels of instruction from the beginner reader, with the basis of "site words" to the more advanced reader. The "master block" also provides the capability of switching from English to other languages, from phonics to math and different levels of reading.

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Electronic Learning Blocks

Disclosed is a device that utilizes 6 sided blocks with letters and numbers (on four sides) that will allow the learner to hear proper pronunciation of words, vowel sounds, sum of integers, product of integers etc...

The blocks will be fitted with an electronic 3 X 3 pit system that will allow for the electronic representation of any letter (A-Z), integer(0-9), or operand (+,=,-,/,x) on the face of any of the four available sides.

Also, the blocks will be magnetic on two of the six sides with connector slots for easy latching. This will allow for the connection of other blocks to spell words or execution of basic mathematical operations. The magnets will need to be dual polarity so that for example, when a block is set to be a particular consonant, only vowel blocks will be able to connect to the side in question. In addition, the blocks will be color coded as to facilitate the learning experience by giving the child/learner other ways to select blocks when constructing words and completing basic mathematical operations.

The blocks will be placed in a linear fashion. The first block that all the others will connect to will be termed the "Master Block".

The master block will determine various properties of the learning experience such as language, numbers/letters, etc...

The other blocks will then connect to the master block and their pronunciation or value will be determined by the master block setting (Spanish, English, etc...)

Example:

One stage can be the teaching of "sight words", which are some of the most frequently used words in the English language. The master block could coach the learner to choose a certain alphabet, sound or color block, which all contain a certain letter. With the correct selection, the master block pronounces the letter and sound and provides positive feedback. Then there would be continued coaching of the next letter. Upon completion of the word, the master block states the sight word that has been formed.

Figure 1: Basic Components.

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Figure 2: Components Lock in place Mechanism for Master and Connectors .

Figure 3: Master Block Prototype .

The biggest differences between other current ideas in the field and this invention are the following:

These learning blocks are an interactive learning tool that will coach the student with language arts, spelling, sight words, and basic arithmetic problems. The blocks will have speakers that communicate in the designated language and will prompt the learner to actively participate in various sets of activities (such as locating the letters that correspond to basic phonetics, connecting various blocks to form sight words, finding the sum/difference of mathematical operations)

Excluding the master block, the set of learner blocks will have dual magn...