Educational Technology

October 30, 2015

Up next for textbooks? The bionic book

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:37 am

by Penn State, eSchoolNews

Penn State develops new technology to create robot-written textbooks. A new technology developed at Penn State works with faculty to automatically build complete textbooks from open resources on the web. The texts are organized according to topics and keywords provided by a user. The system is helping to usher in a new genre of media: the bionic book. The tool, called BBookX, can be used to create a variety of media, ranging from study guides to textbooks. To begin, users fill in a digital table of contents — assigning each chapter a topic with text or as many related keywords or key phrases as they’d like. Using matching algorithms, BBookX then returns text, and users can keep the chapters as they are or mix with content of their own.

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