Digital technologies have long since conquered our homes, are increasingly dominating the workplace and are now making headway in our schools, too. In fact, researchers across the world, including at the University of Kaiserslautern, are working on ways that these technologies can support or even completely revolutionize teaching. The team in Kaiserslautern is aiming to develop an intelligent school book that can make the best possible use of the opportunities offered by computers and tablets. Their project, dubbed HyperMind, is based on a technology that can identify and analyze the direction in which the reader is looking. For example, if the system notices that a student is having difficulty understanding something, it can immediately initiate customized support. The researchers will be busy bringing visitors to CeBIT 2017 in Hannover up to speed with the latest progress in their project.
The project is being run hand in hand with an education initiative for the digital knowledge society, which German Federal Minister for Education and Research, Johanna Wanka, hopes will make German schools fit for digitalization. Central to the initiative are new ideas and concepts designed to make the teaching of tomorrow smarter, such as digital smartboards, smart glasses that can convey content in a more playful way and even intelligent books. "The key feature here is that the book can use integrated sensors to rapidly identify the strengths and weaknesses of students," explains Professor Jochen Kuhn, who runs the "HyperMind" project with Professor Andreas Dengel.