Presentation on theme: "Megha Cynthia Shyam Hannah Jen. What is it? Carnegie Learning, Inc. Math curriculum Cognitive tutor is software For middle & high schools as well as homeschooling."— Presentation transcript:
What is it? Carnegie Learning, Inc. Math curriculum Cognitive tutor is software For middle & high schools as well as homeschooling and tutoring
How was it Developed? Founded by cognitive science researchers at CMU Researchers teamed up with math teachers Used scientific research & field studies ACT-R theory of learning, memory & performance
Background Introduced by John R. Anderson, a cognitive scientist at CMU, in the 1970s; wanted to create a model for how students process and learn information. Have been commercialized since 1993 1998- Mr. Anderson, Mr. Koedinger, and research partners formed Carnegie Learning Inc. to promote cognitive tutoring nationwide LISTEN- system developed by Carnegie Mellon researcher Jack Mostow Uses speech-synthesizing technology to “listen” to students read and give them feedback Cognitive tutors- now used in over 1,500 districts nationwide and are very successful in teaching students math, genetics, and other subjects.
Benefits - Cognitive tutors reduce educational costs by reducing the need for human instructors - Intelligent tutoring systems also increase the productivity of the learning experience by tailoring the process to the child’s needs - The user is able to learn at his/her own pace - “Cognitive tutoring systems have been shown to bring students 1-sigma or more above standard instructional methods.” - The system enables and encourages self-assessment
Criticisms If, eventually, the cognitive tutoring system takes over the education field and human teachers are rendered obsolete, children will lose many of the personal and social skills they develop during teacher and student interactions. There is no guarantee that the cognitive tutors assessment of the student is correct and this may cause the student to not get an appropriate level of education.
Opinion The implementation of cognitive tutors in schools around the United States has become an complete success. No one can deny the positive nature of the software. It has now been deemed one of the most effective approaches to learning math. “ Both teachers and students have been enthusiastic about tutor use as part of the algebra curriculum. ” (Carnegie Mellon Today). In fact, Professor of Computer Science and Robotics Raj Reddy believes education technology can cure many of the world ’ s ills.