ERIC Number: ED418949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar-11
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Smarter Tools, Better Teachers: Applying Neural Network Technology to Curriculum Alignment.
Clariana, Roy B.
Neural network based intelligent tools, developed for the national security infrastructure, will soon be available for teachers. Neural network software establishes powerful intuitive connections among words, concepts, documents, and search queries. In the school setting, such a search tool could automatically index textbooks, cross-reference any two sets of standards (e.g, district curriculum and state-mandated tests), and identify videos, library books, Internet sites, and instructional software. Neural network technology can be useful in curriculum alignment, which currently is done either manually or with the help of database engines. Two applications of neural network technology include the VITAL Lesson Planner for teachers and the VITAL ResourceMiner for district level curriculum specialists. These tools allow individuals to utilize and manage volumes of state frameworks, state and standardized test objectives, and instructional resources, with speed and power. There are many possible applications of these tools: states can use them during textbook adoption to independently corroborate the fit of a textbook series to the state's framework; districts can align local curriculum and content standards and benchmarks to state and national standards; schools can verify and adjust instructional coverage to match state mandated tests; and teachers can develop thematic cross-curricular lesson plans. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Curriculum Alignment; Neural Networks
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (9th, Washington, DC, March 11, 1998).