The Intelligent book.
Original Publication Date: 2001-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18
Much of the emphasis in the technical world with regards to education is to use the web as either a replacement or supplement to books for schools. This takes away from the impact of the book itself. This invention is designed to integrate technologies such that the book becomes an integral part of the educational experience for children instead of only a means of using text and pictures to communicate knowledge. This also takes advantage of the fact that every student does not either have a computer or access to one but will probably have access to a telephone. Through the use of IBM voice technology, database technology, discovery based data mining, cellular and non cellular internet connection, statistical analysis, the integration with narrow casting broadcasting technology currently available from MicroStrategy as well as the use of voice compression technology and storage from IBM as well as WAP and XLS programming, a data base server, and finally, the data warehouse education data model, we now have a way to allow a textbook to be a portal to additional knowledge for students. This approach may also be a way of IBM Finance to be involved in a subscription based method of paying for the products being installed. Through the use of a telephone and a code on the picture in a book it is possible with the integration of the technologies mentioned above to deliver a personal recorded message about the picture that would enhance the value of the image. E.g. A picture of Washington crossing the Delaware could be handled like so Johnny Jones who is registered for this service through his school either picks up his internet connected cell phone and dials the code underneath the picture or picks up his hardwired phone, dials an 800 number and enters his pin number and then enters the image number is greeted with. "Good morning Johnny Jones. How are things going in the 4th grade at Eisenhower Elementary. I see that you are interested in more information about Washington crossing the Delaware. Are you interested in where the Delaware River is? or Why he was crossing the Delaware? or Who were those guys with him? or Would you like to hear what Charles Lawton playing George Washington in the play 'Washington' had to say about it." Johnny answers. "I want to know more about the guys with him." The computer that he is talking to comes back with an audio clip prepared by either the book author or a consultant to the publishing company that discusses the guys that crossed the Delaware with him. etc. A copy of the database that was accessed by Johnny is recorded for future use by the teacher and administration as a means of measuring the effectiveness of the program and adjustments to lesson plans as a result of analyzing the data. In addition, the information could be combined with other student records to more fully follow the students progress through his school days experience and be used to help with the analysis of course and book content for the future. Finally, the next time Johnny dials in, the computer will not only greet him but will talk about the kind of link that he had last time and suggest that same type of link as the first suggestion this time or one that would compliment what happened last time. E.g. "Hello Johnny and welcome back. I hope you enjoyed what you learned about Washington's men. Today, since you dialed 1 in to learn more about the Apollo 13 Mission would you like to here more about the astronauts....." This allows the education for students to be personalized, with out them