BYU

Abstract by Melanie Jensen

Personal Infomation


Presenter's Name

Melanie Jensen

Degree Level

Masters

Abstract Infomation


Department

Computer Science

Faculty Advisor

Michael Jones

Title

Math Learning Software for Speakers of Many Languages

Abstract

Mathematics is a subject area well-suited to computer-based teaching.  As a result, many math-teaching software packages exist.  However, they rely heavily on text-based instructions in English, or, in a few cases, Spanish.  There is little accommodation made for English speakers who can not read or have difficulty reading, or for non-English speakers.  I propose to develop math software that accommodates a wider range of learners by allowing instruction via text, audio instruction, and visual language instruction, such as ASL.  The learning platform will be associated with a translation platform that enables speakers of other languages, including other visual languages, to easily volunteer small segments of time to translate individual snippets of instruction.