PENPAD-BASED COMPUTER-AIDED INSTRUCTION

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$55,591.00
Award Year:
1991
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
15276
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Athena Group Inc
3424 Nw 31st Street, Gainesville, FL, 32605
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Glenn Zelniker
Principal Investigator
(904) 371-2567
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THERE IS MOUNTING EVIDENCE THAT OUR SECONDARY MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE EDUCATIONAL DELIVERY SYSTEM IS IN A STATE OF CRISIS. THE PROBLEMS ARE PROFOUND AND SEEMINGLY ENDLESS. WHILE IT IS AXIOMATIC THAT OUR EDUCATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS TO BE REBUILT, IT IS ALSO SELF-EVIDENT THAT THE ISSUES OF COST, CURRICULUM INSERTION, AND TEACHER ACCEPTANCE MUST BE SIMULTANEOUSLY ADDRESSED. THE LEADING CANDIDATE, IN OUR OPINION, IS LEVERAGING OUR EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD OF COMPUTER AIDED INSTRUCTION, OR CAI. THE ATHENA GROUP OFFERS PENGUIN AS A MAJOR ALTERNATIVE TO THE EXISTING STATE OF AFFAIRS. PENGUIN EXPLOITS A RADICALLY NEW TECHNOLOGY, REFERRED TO AS A "NOTEPAD" (A.K.A., TABLET, STYLUS, PEN-BASED, PEN PC, OR ELECTRONIC SLATE) COMPUTER. PENGUIN CAN FUNCTION AS A COMPLETELY PORTABLE AND TOTAL CAI ENVIRONMENT REPLETE WITH COURSEWARE AND DOCUMENT PROCESSING. PENGUIN HAS A HIGH GRAPHICAL CONTENT, BOTH IN TERMS OF COMPUTER GENERATED GRAPHICS AND USER (HAND) DRAWN GRAPHICS! THE RESEARCH PROGRAM INVOLVES ACTIVITIES IN TOOL BUILDING (DEVELOPING THE BASIC PENGUIN TECHNOLOGY), DEVELOPING NEW AND INNOVATIVE GRAPHICS CAPABILITIES, PREPARING AND TESTING COURSEWARE, AND INTEGRATING THESE ELEMENTS INTO ONE CONSISTENT ENVIRONMENT. IN ADDITION, THE PEDAGOGICAL POTENTIAL WILL BE EVALUATED BY EDUCATORS UNDER CLASSROOM CONDITIONS. PENGUIN OFFERS A MAJOR ALTERNATIVE TO THE EXISTING CAI STATE OF AFFAIRS, BY PROVIDING THE SCIENCE EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY WITH FEATURES AND CAPABILITIES NOT FOUND IN ANY OTHER TECHNOLOGY. PENGUIN OFFERS THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY A HIGH QUALITY, HIGH VALUE, COMPLETELY PORTABLE, AND ROBUST TECHNOLOGY WHICH CAN BOTH SUPPORT LABORATORY ACTIVITIES AND BE AN INTEGRATING AGENT OF ENGINEERING CURRICULA. PENGUIN HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BECOME THE FIRST TRULY PERSONAL ELECTRONIC EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE.

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