Introducing Professor Pointer
Who is Professor Pointer?
- Professor Pointer is an Artificial Intelligence-based user-interactive 'Animation Character' in a Webpage environment, created by ETDRI and programmed based on helpful suggestions of members of the Engineering, Library, Workforce and Education Community i.e. to advance STEM Education (and the development of Soft Skills for Community Projects), in the Public Interest.
- Professor Pointer is a Philanthropist of Knowledge.
Why was the Professor created?
- To provide superior knowledge transfer. i.e. Text-books, and Youtube Tech videos are always either 'too long', 'too short' or off-script thus making them inefficient. The Professor AI-based sense eliminates this problem.
- He was originally designed to be a 'low-cost solution' for leading Community Projects at the Public Library (and Elementary School Classroom) Makerspaces -- in support of FIRST Robotics, but the applications have grown.
Is the Professor Interesting? ... Is he a character?
- Because he has access to millions of Public Domain internet Picture files, thousands of Youtube 'how-its-made video, and uses 3D Hologram-like projectors (and '2' Laser Pointers during his Webpage based lectures that he knows could in theory be viewed by billions of learners), he thinks he is a 'Nobel Peace Prize' candidate ... that is ... if prizes could be awarded to 'animation characters' someday he hopes!
- He thinks the 3D-Printers and Makerspace is an ideal way to practice STEM theory in support of the Lessons.
- He thinks he has infinite patience to allow a learner to repeat a lesson as many times as needed -- without the learner feeling embarrassed for forget technical details over and over again.
- He also thinks he is good with a skateboard, and a pretty-good dancer. ( see etdri.ca for a demonstration )
Is the Professor smart?
- Yes! He is smart enough to ask Quiz-like questions -- as needed to determine Interest Levels of the learner -- as needed to know what direction and pace the lesson should proceed in ... when to take a break etc.
- ... and smart enough to know 'not to ask for names' ... and 'not to try to sell anything'. (The Professor has '0' overhead, and as such, can Teach for FREE! )
- ... and smart enough to know that he did not want to be boring ... and did not want to be too predictable -- so he took dancing lessons so-to-speak.
Is the Professor Philosophical?
- Yes (Note: Only to keep him interesting ... because pure tech lessons can be very dry.) ... but he is not very good at it. Yep, he is too simple, but he means well! e.g. He once said: "As they say, 'Give a man a fish, and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life'. But teach a man 'how to teach a man', and as such, you might be able to help feed the world!
- Professor Pointer once said:
I was not born a genius. I worked hard for everything I know!
Is the Professor Successful?
- The Professor is an untested original concept developed by ETDRI at the UWO Research Park for presentation to Workforce development community etc...
- As the Makerspace Movement is new, and Makerspace Managers are always looking for ideas and technical support from experienced members of Industry etc..., ETDRI will continue its Application Design and related Research. As the Sarnia Library Makerspace is a huge success, (see https://etdri.ca/Sarnia_Makerspace_Development ) ... time will tell.
Sharing Knowledge and Technology! Professor Pointer's Motto: Leave No Learner behind!
ETDRI's Professor Pointer™ (a web-based Professor) is a product of Cognitive Sciences, Webpage HTML5 , Instructional Design and Applied Research developments.
(ETDRI has been developing web-based S.T.E.M. lesson delivery solutions -- for mixed-grade level TechEd classrooms(grade 7 - 12) -- using Large Project Engineering Design Principles since 2011.)
ETDRI is a proud supporter of FIRST Robotics, initiator of the Sarnia Library Makerspace(2014) and developer of the The Cyberspace Channel™ -- created by Kirk Charette for Ontario Education, (c) 2016
ETDRI's 'TechEd Training Centre' and EduBid™ sponsored Community-Project management developments are products of ongoing Applied Research -- in support of Ontario STEM Education.