Saturday, April 22, 2006

RFID to teach English

Purdue University students have used RFID for teaching English to non-English speaking children. The computer system has been linked with RFID tags embedded in simple objects such as a plastic banana. When a child would pick up the banana, a computer screen would display 'anana' and ask the child to fill in the missing letter.

The system called Merlin's Magic Castle is being used at the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy. Amicia Elliott and Alexei Czeskis developed this idea and their idea won $8,000 in an entrepreneurial competition.

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060420/BUSINESS/604200408/1003

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