our paradigm for educational technologies
This preliminary test was conducted at Brandeis with High School Students during the 2001 summer session. New Tests are being conducted with elementatry school children this fall.
LOGIN to a Demonstration: Spellbee --
A Spelling Bee educational activity has been implemented. Two children engage each other across the internet on two independent browsers. At the heart of the challenge, each child must correctly type the missing word in a sentence. What is unique about our experiment is that we provide a mechanism for each child, in turn, to determine what is to be the missing word for their internet partner, based on the level of difficulty of the word. Each sentence is presented in text with one word missing, while the entire sentence is read as audio. If a word is misspelled, this affects the outcome for both children.
This is a framework for testing our paradigm for peer engagement. A number of parameters can be adjusted by the experimenter.