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Robotutor Marks the Homework of a Class of Thousands
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Robotutor Marks the Homework of a Class of Thousands

Codewebs, an artificially intelligent tutor for online students that can analyze and assess submitted code, can give students fast, tailored feedback and guidance...

Kindergarten Coders Can Program Before They Can Read
From ACM TechNews

Kindergarten Coders Can Program Before They Can Read

Researchers are studying the ability of kindergarten-aged children to program computers using a graphics-based coding language called ScratchJr. 

Virtual Traveller: Beam a Live, 3D You Into the World
From ACM TechNews

Virtual Traveller: Beam a Live, 3D You Into the World

A new virtual reality system combines 3D glasses and a hack of Microsoft's Kinect to enable life-sized images of people to be recreated in a virtual space. 

Visual Programming Means Anyone Can Be a Coder
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Visual Programming Means Anyone Can Be a Coder

Many great ideas start out as scribbles on scraps of paper, as thinking visually is an intuitive way to grapple with abstract concepts. Part of the reason is the...

Mind-Reading Robot Teachers Keep Students Focused
From ACM TechNews

Mind-Reading Robot Teachers Keep Students Focused

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have developed a robotic teacher that monitors students' attention levels and mimics the techniques human teachers use...

Better Living Through Video Gaming
From ACM News

Better Living Through Video Gaming

From AI-designed games to realistic virtual worlds and social physics, gaming is changing our world view.

Augmented Monoliths: Stonehenge Goes Digital
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Augmented Monoliths: Stonehenge Goes Digital

Ever wanted to stand at the centre of Stonehenge at summer solstice and appreciate the site’s beauty without the accompaniment of tourists or druids?

The Defenders: Inside an Online Siege
From ACM News

The Defenders: Inside an Online Siege

In a quiet, windowless auditorium in Bristol, in the west of England, Lucy Robson and her team hunch over their laptops as the seconds on a giant clock above...

Web Science: Exploring the Network Without Guesswork
From ACM TechNews

Web Science: Exploring the Network Without Guesswork

University of Southampton professor Nigel Shadbolt, speaking at a recent conference on the emerging discipline of Web science, says the Internet has become such...

From ACM News

Cellphone Traces Reveal You're So Predictable

We may all like to consider ourselves free spirits. But a study of the traces left by 50,000 cellphone users over three months has conclusively proved otherwise...

Smart Dust Could Give Early Warning of Space Storms
From ACM News

Smart Dust Could Give Early Warning of Space Storms

A SWARM of "smart dust" spacecraft, positioned at a sweet spot between the Earth and the sun, could alert us to the approach of dangerous space storms well before...

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Touchscreen Merges the Real and Digital Worlds

For all the advances in table-top and tablet computing, some design professionals will always prefer the feel of pen on paper to stylus on glass. A new device could...

Aid Agencies Turn to Open-Source Software
From ACM TechNews

Aid Agencies Turn to Open-Source Software

Wesleyan University and Trinity College students have developed Collabbit, software that acts as a virtual emergency response center. Collabbit serves as a central...
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