P. Duysburgh - Reading Assisant

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  • 8 to 10 % of children in primary school have trouble with reading comprehension (hearing impairments, autism, dyslexia, ...)Based on two years of etnographic field research, the concept of a ‘reading assistant’ was developed in close collaboration with two schoolsThe reading assistant allows teachers to easily and automaticallyannotate a text they wish to use in class, and enrich it with the information they think their students need.The reading assistant offers students an enriched text, where words and sentences are supported with multimedia and grammatical information
  • To create an application that:allows a teacher to quickly taylor the enrichment of a text to the reading needs of their pupilsprovides enriched texts for students with reading comprehension problems (e.g. on a tablet)Target groups:children with hearing impairmentschildren with autismchildren with dyslexiapoor comprehenders...Target texts:Teachers’ materialsTextbooksEducational magazines...
  • P. Duysburgh - Reading Assisant

    1. 1. ICON PITCH:Reading Assistant iMinds 16/12/2010<br />Pieter Duysburgh<br />IBBT-SMIT/VUB<br />
    2. 2. Who are we?<br />SMIT: center for studies on media, internet and telecommunication, user research cluster <br />CUO: center for user experience research<br />This project idea resulted from findings of the internal IBBT project GR@SP<br />
    3. 3. Context and Need<br />8 to 10 % of childrenin primary school have<br />difficulties with reading comprehension<br />Reading assistant<br />
    4. 4. Research Goals<br />Reading assistant<br />Quick enrichment of texts, taylored to needs of the targeted pupils<br />Providing an enriched text that supports students with reading comprehension problems<br />
    5. 5. Looking for…<br />We have good contacts with two schools who are eager to participate, but we are looking for:<br />Software developers<br />text annotation (content, grammar, ...)<br />interface development (tablet app for children)<br />analysis of childrens’ performance<br />...<br />Linguistic experts<br />Experts in reading comprehension<br />Publishers of educational material<br />textbooks<br />magazines<br />...<br />

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